California State University Fullerton’s Math and Science Teacher (MAST) Project includes:
Programs to support undergraduate majors in math and science include the NSF Noyce Scholar/Fellow programs. Fullerton has three such programs: Teaching as a Professional Priority (TAPP) (science) and IMPaCT (math and science) offer two-years of scholarship support including undergraduate and post-baccalaureate credential; Project MT2 (math) offers five years of scholarship/stipend post-baccalaureate along with mentoring from Master Teacher Fellows. The NSF-funded project TEST-UP hires and trains math and science majors to provide “supplemental instruction” in entry-level STEM courses and has led many of these students to become interested in a teaching career. The system-wide Science Teacher as Researcher (STAR) Program provides summer internships in science and math research settings for future teachers. S.M.A.R.T. (Sisters in Teaching, Academics, Relationships, and Teaching) is a support group for undergraduate female math majors. Fullerton’s Student Chapter of the California Science Teachers Association provide additional support for science candidates. ENGAGE in STEM is a partnership with community colleges in a multi-faceted effort to increase the number of Hispanic and other low-income students attaining degrees in STEM fields and increase the number of math and science teachers.
Programs to support undergraduates pursuing middle school math and science teaching careers include articulated pathways for liberal studies and child development majors for the foundational level mathematics and foundational level general science credentials. Minors in Natural Science and Mathematics include inquiry-based coursework for students interested in middle school teaching. Additional opportunities to develop content knowledge include the Promoting Resources in Informal Science Education (PRISE) Program, which places future science and math teachers in informal education agencies. Since its inception in 2009, PRISE has placed 25 interns in a dozen informal science education agencies, providing over 2500 hours of service.
In addition to secondary credentials in chemistry, biology, physics, earth sciences, and mathematics, new single subject credentials in foundational level mathematics and foundational level general science have increased the number of candidates qualified to teach middle school math and science. The Teacher Recruitment Project provides advisement and financial support for Multiple Subject credential candidates and holders working toward adding one of these credentials. Our Professional Track Intern Program provides an opportunity for Single Subject credential candidates to earn their credential while employed as either part-time or fulltime teachers in public schools. AIMS (Autism, Inclusion, Mathematics Core and Science Innovation) Scholar Program and On Track Transition to Teaching Scholar are to prepare highly qualified teachers from under represented ethic groups in the high need areas of math, science and special education. Both programs use innovative strategies to recruit and then retain participants from mid-career professionals, recent college graduates and/or paraprofessionals.