Mathematics & Science Teacher Initiative

Contact: Carol Fry Bohlin

Phone: 559.278.0237




Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI)


Since 2006, the Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) at California State University, Fresno has brought together faculty from the Kremen School of Education and Human Development and the College of Science and Mathematics with the common goal of recruiting and educating a substantial number of mathematics and science teachers to meet the growing demand in the Central San Joaquin Valley. Campus efforts have resulted in a tripling of the annual number of mathematics and science teachers produced by Fresno State since AY 2006!

MSTI offers a wide variety of free or low-cost workshops, courses, and activities for prospective mathematics and science teachers. In addition, MSTI supports STEM summer programs for both K-8 students and prospective teachers, and sponsors paid STEM Teaching Fellows experiences in afterschool programs in collaboration with the Office of Community-Based Learning. MSTI supports research and teaching assistants in the Departments of Chemistry and Earth & Environmental Sciences, sponsors paid early field experiences in mathematics and science classrooms for undergraduates in partnership with the Science and Mathematics Education Center (SMEC), and supports a variety of STEM outreach activities. MSTI is a supporting partner in Fresno Unified School District's Bechtel-funded Middle Grades Math and Science Teacher Residency Program, as well as with the NSF-funded Fresno Teaching Fellows (FRESTEF) program coordinated by SMEC.

MSTI sponsors highly effective CSET mathematics and science content review workshops; reimburses all CSET Mathematics and Science subtest fees and credential application fees; offers prospective K-12 math or science teachers up to $200 in professional development scholarships per semester; provides membership in mathematics and science professional organizations for students enrolled in CI 161/Math or CI 161/Science (teaching methods courses); provides online and walk-in mentoring (Kremen Education, Room 242); and offers full tuition scholarships to students enrolled in targeted summer courses such as CI 161/FLGS and CI 161/FLM. MSTI actively supports the Liberal Studies STEM Concentration and offers $200/course in  fee scholarships for students enrolled in Engineering Literacy (ENGR 191T); Physics Pedagogy and Outreach (Physics 168S); Environmental, Earth, and Life Science (NSCI 115); and Energy, Technology, and Society (NSCI 116). Both Fresno State students and current classroom teachers are eligible to participate in MSTI-sponsored events and to receive reimbursement for CSET and credential application fees.


To download information about Mathematics and Science CSET workshops and methods courses for Spring and Summer 2014, please click here.

To download information about Fall 2013 STEM conference and workshop opportunities (and the related $200 professional development scholarship for preservice teachers), please click here.

For more information, visit the MSTI Web site at

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