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Preservice Teacher Programs


If you are a PRESERVICE teacher (without a teaching credential) currently enrolled in school, you can take advantage of CSTA's Preservice Teacher Membership! The yearly membership fee of $25 gives you access to the support, resources, professional development, and mentoring that membership in a professional organization brings with it, in addition to all of the membership benefits offered to CSTA members.

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(Proof of enrollment is required)

If you have any questions regarding the Preservice Teacher Membership, please email or call Zi Stair at (916) 979-7004.

Teach California

The California Department of Education has an excellent online resource for prospective teachers. Teach California has credentialing and job information as well as an interactive question-and-answer feature. Click on the Discover Teaching Science link on the home page to get answers to your specific questions about science teaching.

Science Education Community in the CSU

The Science Education Community in the CSU is a community of members—CSU faculty, K-12 science teachers throughout California, K-12 administrators, interested legislators, and, of particular importance, preservice through Induction year science teachers, including undergraduate and credential students and those in their first three years of teaching science. The Science Education Community in the CSU is based upon the concept of a “teaching commons” whereby the community of California's K-12 science teachers and university science teacher educators advance and promote the scholarship of teaching and learning science through sharing of ideas, practices, and information, and resources. Find a wealth of information and assistance at

Science Teacher as Researcher (STAR) 

The STEM Teacher and Researcher program is a nine-week paid summer research experience program for aspiring K-12 STEM teachers from any California State University (CSU) Campus or Noyce Scholars from any US university. Undergraduates on a teaching path, STEM undergraduates seriously considering a career in teaching, masters students, or credential candidates who want to be the best STEM teachers with the most real-world science, technology, engineering, and math experience on their resume' compete to become STAR Fellows. This is the deal. You spend nine summer weeks working full-time with a research team at one of our partner lab sites on cutting edge projects. You work hard, challenging yourself and learning new skills while advancing real science in a field that interests you. You meet fabulous people and immerse yourself in the culture of science. Each week you participate in an education workshop focused on transferring your lab or field experience to the classroom. Finally, you share your knowledge at a conference. Our funding partners pay you a weekly stipend for your work, the labs get you to help answer pressing questions, and -most importantly- your students get a teacher that knows how science works in the real world. Everybody wins! Additional information and videos about the STAR program can be found at

Preservice Teacher Program (PST) 

The US Department of Energy Office of Science runs a program to provide internships for preservice teachers (PST). This program is a paid, ten-week summer research program. Similar to STAR, the PST program sends preservice teachers to work in research labs. Like STAR students, the PST students will be creating a research poster/presentation at the end of their program. More information can be found at

PowerPoint Presentation for Preservice Teachers

Click on this link to view a PowerPoint presentation which will familiarize you with your professional organization! Science Methods Instructors: Download activities to use with your preservice students:

Credentialing Information for Prospective Teachers

Teachers are credentialed for teaching by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Information for Elementary Credential
Information for Secondary Credential