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November 22, 2011 > CSU achieves goal of Math and Science teachers

CSU achieves goal of Math and Science teachers

Submitted By Claudia Keith

Through the implementation of a system-wide Math and Science Teacher Initiative, the California State University has achieved its goal of doubling the production of math and science teachers, the university recently announced. CSU campuses increased the annual number of math and science teachers produced from 750 per year in 2003 to 1,502 in 2010.

"As California's largest producer of teachers, the CSU is proud to lead the way in increasing the development of math and science teachers," said Beverly Young, CSU assistant vice chancellor for teacher education and public school programs. "Our partnerships at both the state and federal level have been extremely important in the fulfillment of this goal, which will be a tremendous benefit to the state."

The CSU launched the Math and Science Teacher Initiative in 2003 to address California's projected need for an additional 33,000 new math and science teachers by 2010. The goal of the initiative was to double the number of teachers prepared annually from 750 to 1,500. The CSU surpassed that goal by preparing 1,502 teachers in 2010 - 780 math teachers and 722 science teachers. Additionally, 10 CSU campuses more than doubled their production of math and science teachers between 2003 and 2010.

The California Legislature has provided support for the Math and Science Teacher Initiative each year through the state budget. Utilizing these resources in strategically planned efforts, CSU campuses have been highly effective in increasing production of math and science teachers. The campuses have also been successful in acquiring federal grants to supplement the initiative including prestigious Robert Noyce awards to all campuses from the National Science Foundation. The CSU has also developed strong partnerships with the U.S. Department of Energy and NASA. These agencies provided research internships in leading federal laboratories for more than 70 CSU future science teachers this past summer.

Additionally, the CSU's success in math and science teacher preparation led to its inclusion in the prestigious 100Kin10 national initiative. The initiative aims to increase by 100,000 the supply of STEM teachers in the next decade, and the CSU has committed to preparing 1,500 new math and science teachers annually. As part of this effort, CSU will also provide additional training for laid-off teachers leading to second credentials in math or science and new opportunities in these high demand fields.

For more information about the Math and Science Initiative please visit http://www.calstate.edu/teachered/msti/.

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