Scholarships & Stipends

Cal State LA’s Math Science and Teacher Initiative (MSTI) is proud to announce several scholarship and stipend opportunities for students pursuing a single subject credential in math or science. MSTI is committed to increasing the number of qualified K-12 math and teachers through financial support.

Download MSTI's 2017-2018 Scholarships & Stipends Flyer HERE




Tuition assistance is available for Cal State LA credential students who are in pursuit of their single subject math or science credential. The Cal State LA Credential Tuition Scholarship covers full or partial tuition for fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters. 

Amount Up to $8,000





To be eligible for the Cal State LA Credential Tuition Scholarship, applicants must:

  • be matriculated in one of Cal State LA’s math or science single subject credential program
  • have a 3.0 GPA or greater
  • be enrolled in 6+ units per semester

(Credential students receiving LAUTR financial support are not eligible to apply.)




For consideration, students should:

  1. complete a MSTI scholarship application
  2. submit two letters of recommendations (mail to
  3. present a personal statement in 500 words or less
Deadline February 16, 2018


STEM Teacher and Researcher (STAR) Summer Program Fellowship


The STEM Teacher and Researcher (STAR) program is a 9-week paid summer research internship for aspiring K-12 science, engineering, math, and liberal studies educators.  Fellows will gain first-hand experience working in a cutting-edge national lab (NASA, NOAA, NSF, DOE, DOD, USGS) immersing themselves in the culture of science so that they will better understand what it means to be a scientist and a STEM educator. The STAR program aims to produce educators trained in inquiry-based teaching and learning strategies by placing real-world scientists into the classroom. Each STAR fellow will receive housing, relocation cost, and a salary.

Amount Up to $6,000

To be eligible for the STAR program, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old by the start of the program
  • have completed at least junior undergraduate year by the start of the program
  • be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident Alien, or DACA grant holder and
  • be a pre-service aspiring STEM teacher, teacher intern, or a START alumnus
  • have a demonstrated interested in K-12 STEM teaching
  • have a strong record of undergraduate coursework in on or more STEM fields
  • have a minimum 2.7 GPA (3.0 or higher preferred)
  • have a willingness to challenge themselves and the ability to work independently on complex tasks under the guidance of a mentor

For more information, please visit: STAR.


Application cycle will be open from October 2017 until mid-January 2018.

Please submit application directly to STAR application.


California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Annual Meeting Travel Grant (up to $500)

Education conferences provide a great opportunity for students to network with professionals in the field and build relationships with like-minded individuals. Students will be able to attend engaging presentations, participate in hands-on workshops, listen to keynote speakers, and enroll in a number of short courses. MSTI offers a unique opportunity for aspiring math and science teachers to attend the California Science Teacher Association’s Annual meeting held in Sacramento, California from October 13 to October 15, 2017 by subsidizing students with a $500 travel grant to allay the cost of registration, transportation, and hotel. 


California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Annual Membership Reimbursement ($25)

The California State University system has partnered with the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) to offer pre-service memberships. The cost of pre-service membership is $25 for candidates who are working towards a degree.  Benefits of CSTA membership include discounted registration rate for CSTA conferences, networking opportunities with other science teachers, professional development on NGSS, and discounts at OfficeMax, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and more.


National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Membership Reimbursement ($32)

The CSU system has joined the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the largest professional organization for mathematics educators in the world, to create a customized CSU teacher candidate community within NCTM that will contain selected information, activities, articles and invitations to webinars for prospective and new teachers. This opportunity is aimed at current post-baccalaureate students in the single subject math credential program. 


California Subject Examination Test (CSET) Fee Reimbursement ($100-$300)

The MSTI program is offering California Subject Examination Test (CSET) Fee Reimbursement to students who have passed one or more of the required subject matter examinations. Eligible students must be enrolled in CSULA’s Charter College of Education (CCOE) math or science single-subject teaching credential program or the Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency (LAUTR) program. Below is a list of subject matter examinations that qualify for reimbursement:

Credential Area

CSET Subtests Required

Science: Biology

Science Subtest I: General Science

Science Subtest II: Life Sciences

Science: Chemistry

Science Subtest I: General Science

Science Subtest II: Chemistry

Science: Geoscience

Science Subtest I: General Science

Science Subtest II: Earth and Space Sciences

Science: Physics

Science Subtest I: General Science

Science Subtest II: Physics



Mathematics Subtest I

Mathematics Subtest II

Mathematics Subtest III


Early Field Experience ($300-$1000) Stipend

Students enrolled in one of the following math and/or science field experience courses may be eligible to receive a stipend for completing hours in the field. Eligible courses are:

  • MATH 3950 – Field Experience I: Introduction to Classroom Strategies
  • MATH 3960 – Field Experience II: Application and Evaluation of classroom Strategies
  • NATS 3980 – Field Observations in Science Education

Please contact MSTI at for additional information.