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California employs over 300,000 teachers to educate its 6.3 million students. While all the subjects taught in the public schools are important, there is a greater shortage of teachers in particular subjects. Obtaining a teaching credential in one of these fields would help reduce the shortage and may increase your chances of employment.
Mathematics is one of the highest need subject areas in California, and the demand for math teachers has increased because eighth graders are now required to take Algebra 1. As many as 1,900 additional middle school algebra teachers may be needed.*
According to the Department of Education, almost 2,000 projected hires in physical and life science were needed in 2008-09. This number, coupled with the fact that the number of new science credentials declined by 25% from 2003 to 2007* means that there are many jobs waiting to be filled by fully credentialed science teachers.
What assistance is available to future math/science teachers?
SDSU has academic and financial support programs in order to attract and train future science teachers, such as MSTI: the Math and Science Teacher Initiative.
The Assumption Program of Loans in Education (APLE) , the TEACH grant, and other financial aid programs are also available. The Department of Energy even has a Pre-Service Teacher program that features paid internships.
*The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning, 2008
Have you thought about becoming a teacher? If you have the characteristics listed below the chances are you also have the qualities to become an outstanding math or science teacher.
- Demonstrate competence in mathematics or sciences
- Have a strong desire to be good at all aspects of instruction
- Willing to take risks and try new things
- Use creativity to encourage active learning
- Work with others as partners in learning
- Keep information fresh and surprise your audience
- Motivate others by understanding what is important to them
Best way to know: Get some actual classroom experience!
Looking for experience in the classroom? Try SERVICE LEARNING.
Not sure what grade level to teach? Gain experience by SUBSTITUTE TEACHING!
The Math for America Fellowship is a program for students planning to become career high school math teachers. Selected fellows receive full tuition and fees for a teaching credential, and an annual $15,000 stipend throughout the five year program. For more information visit the Math for America website.