Program Benefits

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Get on the right path to becoming a great teacher.

The Math and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) at CSUDH is a unique and flexible program offering multiple paths to becoming a certified and highly qualified teacher. Your MSTI advisors will help you choose and complete the appropriate pathway for you with:

Ongoing Advising

As part of the MSTI Program, you'll meet regularly with your advisor to develop your academic roadmap, track your coursework progress and support your success as a teacher in training.

Financial Support

MSTI students may qualify for up to $5,000 in tuition reimbursement through the Transition to Teaching (TTT) Program or $20,000 through the Urban Teacher Residency (UTR) Program.

Real Classroom Experience

MSTI students gain firsthand experience as paid Teacher Assistants paired with a math or science classroom and teacher mentor at one of our partnering urban schools.

Expanded Teaching Opportunities

MSTI offers the option to complete a multiple-subject preliminary credential coupled with an Introductory Subject Matter Authorization (ISMA). An ISMA expands your qualifications by authorizing you to teach math or science in any K-9 classroom where the curriculum is 9th-grade level or below.

Unique Credential Programs

Through MSTI, you also have the opportunity to enter one of CSUDH's two unique credential programs, Transition To Teaching (TTT) or the Urban Teacher Residency (UTR). These accelerated credential programs offer stipends, with UTR offering the option to work toward your credential and master's degree in 18 months (UTR) and TTT offering the option of working as a full-time teacher as you complete your credential requirements in the evenings.