Preservice Teacher Programs
ATTENTION PRESERVICE TEACHERS:
If you are a PRESERVICE teacher, you can take advantage of
one of our options to receive reduced registration to the
- Option 1: $25 (for CSTA membership) - Volunteer to work
at the conference for 4 hours and receive a complimentary
registration for the entire conference!
- Option 2: $70 (by July 31) - $85 (by Oct. 5) $100 (after
Oct. 5)- The entire 3 day conference. You must be a CSTA
student member to receive this rate; you may join when you
register for the conference.
- Option 3: Week-end Only Rate: $35 (by July 31) - $40 (by
Oct. 5) $45 (after Oct. 5)- You must be a CSTA student member
to receive this rate.
E-mail or call Connie
Morrill (916) 979-7004 if you are interested in registering
for any of these options. On-site rates will apply after Oct.
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. http://www.teachcalifornia.org.
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
Science Teacher as Researcher (STAR)
Science Teacher As Researcher (STAR) is a CSU-sponsored program
for science majors or single subject students/recent grads
who are planning to teach middle or high school science. The
program provides an eight-week paid research opportunity
at a federal lab or research center in the San Francisco
area. STAR interns are paid $4,000 for the eight-week program.
The program is intended to provide first-hand experience with
applied research, cultivate an interest in and increase the
prestige of science teaching as a profession, and foster inquiry-based
science teaching and learning. STAR participants will be creating
a research poster/presentation at the end of their eight-week
program, and they will have opportunities for mentoring by
scientists and inservice teachers. Additional information
about the STAR program can be found at www.cesame.calpoly.edu/STAR.htm.
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 www.scied.science.doe.gov/scied/PST/about.htm.
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
Information for Secondary