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A Special Education Teacher’s Real-World Lessons Will Inspire You
Sadie Guthrie, a special education teacher at Lawton Alternative School in San Francisco, uses a mobile coffee cart to teach her students real world skills and an entire school about compassion. Make a difference in a child's life. Become a teacher.
American Mathematical Society
The American Mathematical Society fulfills its mission through programs and services that promote mathematical research and uses, advance the profession, strengthen mathematical education, and foster awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its' connections to other disciplines and to everyday life. AMS will help you discover a career path that's right for you!
Association for Science Teacher Education
The mission of the ASTE is to promote excellence in science teacher education world-wide through scholarship, collaboration, and innovation in science teacher education. Provides some science educator awards.
Association for Women in Mathematics
The purpose of the Association for Women in Mathematics is to encourage women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and to promote equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences.
Association for Women in Science
AWIS champions the interests of women in science, technology engineering, and mathematics across all disciplines and employment sectors. Working for positive system transformation, AWIS strives to ensure that all women in these fields can achieve their full potential.
Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
The Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators is a professional organization devoted to the improvement of mathematics teacher education and is devoted to the pre-service education and professional development of K-12 teachers of mathematics through conferences, journals, awards. and resources.
Bachelor's Plus Early Pathway
The Bachelors Plus Early Pathway: Multiple Subject Program (BPEP: MS formerly the Fast-Track or Blended Program) is a coordinated effort between the Liberal Studies Program and the Department of Teacher Education to assist students in simultaneously attaining both their Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.
Become a Special Education Teacher
View this video to see some teachers are making a huge difference in the lives of children with special needs. Bring your life experiences and become a special education teacher. Learn more at the TEACH California Web site, http://www.teachcalifo...Icon indicating a URL to an external Web site
Bookmarks (Media and Related Printed Materials)
These TEACH California bookmarks can be distributed to promote the teaching career.
California Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
The California Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (CAMTE) promotes and supports excellence in the preparation and professional development of K-12 mathematics teachers throughout California. Membership offered.
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)
The CTC is the California state agency with authority to accredit teacher preparation programs, grant teaching credentials, and investigates any allegations of wrong doing.
California Department of Education - Become a Teacher
Resources for individuals considering a career in teaching.
California Department of Education-History-Social Science Resources
California Department of Education Web page with History-Social Science resources for administrators, educators, parents, and students.
California Department of Education-Mathematics Resources
The California Department of Education's links to mathematics resources for administrators, educators, parents, and students.
California Department of Education-Science Resources
The California Department of Education's links to resources and information for enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers and to foundational documents which guide California's science instruction.
California Girls Collaborative Project
The California Girls Collaborative Project (Cal Girls) has brought together organizations throughout California committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue educational choices and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
California Mathematics and Science Partnerships (CaMSP)
The grant program is dedicated to increasing the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers in mathematics and science. (CaDeptEd)
California Mathematics Council (CMC)
A non-profit professional organization, the CMC believes that all students have the capacity to become mathematically competent and confident when provided a rigorous and challenging mathematical program supported by high expectations. (CaDeptEd)
California Mathematics Project (CMP)
As part of the University of California’s Subject Matter Projects, the CMP is a kindergarten through grade 16 network dedicated to providing students a rich, rigorous, and coherent mathematics curriculum taught by competent and confident teachers who foster all students’ proficiency in mathematics-- achieving equity in quality. (CaDeptEd)
California Resource Network-Careers
The California Career Resource Network (CalCRN) distributes career information, resources, and training materials to middle school and high school counselors, educators, and administrators, in order to ensure that middle schools and high schools have the necessary information available to provide a pupil with guidance and instruction on education and job requirements necessary for career development. CalCRN is a program within the California Department of Education.
California Science Teachers Association-Student Chapters
The California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) student chapters are separate from but affiliated with CSTA and are a means to connect student teachers or preservice teachers of science with each other, with resources and activities in their college or university, and with their statewide science teachers organization.
California Science Teachers Association:
The CSTA seeks to promote and support all aspects of effective science teaching; encourage the natural curiosity of learners at all levels; increase scientific literacy and the application of science to everyday life; promote science as a vehicle for lifelong learning for all citizens; and assume a leadership role in advocating for science education and creating an understanding of the value of science. (CSTA)
California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science-COSMOS
COSMOS is an intensive four-week summer residential program for students who have demonstrated an aptitude for academic and professional careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Talented and motivated students completing grades 8-12 have the opportunity to work with renowned faculty, researchers and scientists in state-of-the-art facilities, while exploring advanced STEM topics far beyond the courses usually offered in California high schools.
California State University-Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative
California State University's Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative program to double the number of math and science teachers is implemented in different ways on each campus. Learn about each campus program with links from this site.
Center for Excellence in STEM Education - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
California Polytechnic State University's Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESAME) has model teacher education and professional development programs, such as the Science Teacher and Researcher (STAR) summer research internship program for aspiring and early career science and mathematics teachers; Cal Poly’s Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) and Scholarship program; the Learn By Doing Laboratory, a local pre-school to senior year in college, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiative; and various professional development programs for local science and mathematics teachers.
College Affordability and Transparency Center
The U.S. Department of Education updated college costs lists on its College Affordability and Transparency Center. In addition, one can browse the categories, including - public and private, for-profit and non-profit, four-year and two-year programs. A total of 4,269 institutions are included on the combined lists.
College Navigator at the National Center for Educational Statistics
Find the right college for you on this U.S. Department of Education funded Website. Search by name of college, state, program/major, level of award, and type of institution.
Computer Science Teachers Association
The Computer Science Teachers Association is a membership organization that supports and promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines. CSTA provides opportunities for K-12 teachers and students to better understand the computing disciplines and to more successfully prepare themselves to teach and learn. (CSTA)
CUE (originally Computer Using Educators)
CUE’s mission and vision is to inspire innovative learners by fostering community, personalizing learning, infusing technology, developing leadership, and advocating educational opportunities for all. (CSTA)
Digital Library for Earth Science Education
The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) resources include electronic materials for both teachers and learners, such as lesson plans, maps, images, data sets, visualizations, assessment activities, curriculum, online courses and more.
Education Portal - History Teacher
Education Portal makes education accessible to everyone, everywhere. The privately owned company known today as Remilon, LLCIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site, created Education Portal. It is now a true collaboration of the best minds in education, with more than 200 instructors, subject experts and editors contributing to it every day. It includes college and career guidance for preparing teachers for the social science classroom.
Education Portal - Physical Education Teacher
Education Portal makes education accessible to everyone, everywhere. The privately owned company known today as Remilon, LLCIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site, created Education Portal. It is now a true collaboration of the best minds in education, with more than 200 instructors, subject experts and editors contributing to it every day. It includes college and career guidance for preparing teachers for the social science classroom.
EnCorps-Careers in Math and Science
The EnCorps STEM Teachers Program recruits, selects, develops and supports the best and brightest STEM professionals and military veterans, as an innovative, long-term solution to the shortage of high quality, impactful educators for under-resourced students in high need communities. Enduring STEM achievement, access, and literacy gaps disproportionately limit low income, under-resourced, and minority student opportunities. STEM professionals, when thoroughly prepared, are uniquely positioned to meaningfully utilize their talent and real-world expertise as EnCorps STEM Teachers to deliver an authentic, rigorous, and relevant STEM education to the students who need it most.
Every Kid Needs a Champion
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.
Federal Registry for Educational Excellence-Free
The Federal Registry for Educational Excellence (FREE) Web site provides access to hundreds of free educational resources including lessons, historic images, videos and documents.
Free Teacher Recruitment Outreach Materials
TEACH California is pleased to provide a variety of quality materials at no charge to schools and organizations helping to bring new teachers into California classrooms.
Fulbright US Student Program
This website lists the types of grants available and what is required to apply for them. Aimed at students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, teaching in elementary and secondary schools and English Teaching Assistant Programs worldwide.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund STEM Teacher Scholarship Program
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) provides scholarships to Latino students, as well as related support services; HSF is a non-profit organization, that seeks to give students all the tools they need to apply to college, do well in their course work, graduate, enter a profession, excel, help lead our nation going forward, and mentor the generations to come. HSF provides scholarships to eligible Latino applicants.
How to Be An Excellent Teacher
Video discusses basic information on how to be a good teacher that applies to many subjects.
Math and Science Partnership Network
An electronic learning community for the Math and Science Partnership Program that partners institutions of higher education with K-12 districts and others to improve student performance in mathematics and science. (CaDeptEd)
Math and Science Teacher Initiative - CSU Bakersfield
The Math and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) at CSU, Bakersfield offers up to $8,000 in stipends while you are working towards your undergraduate degree.
Math and Science Teacher Initiative - CSU Channel Islands
The California State University Channel Islands Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MaST) provides information about MaST partnerships, pathways to becoming a secondary (middle or high school) math or science teacher, financial aid opportunities, math and science teacher support, and more.
Math and Science Teacher Initiative - CSU Chico
The Center for Mathematics and Science Education provides resources for strengthening K-14 teaching practices in mathematics and science by helping undergraduates enter the teaching profession as competent and confident facilitators of math and science content knowledge, providing professional development for practicing teachers and supporting K-12 outreach activities of the College of Natural Sciences.
Math and Science Teacher Initiative - CSU Fullerton
Funded by the CSU Chancellor’s Office, the Mathematics and Science Teachers Initiative (MSTI) Project is an innovative partnership of the Colleges of Education and Natural Sciences and Mathematics at California State University Fullerton to provide strong, collaborative, and comprehensive efforts to improve practices in the areas of mathematics and science teacher candidate recruitment, pre-service preparation, induction, beginning teacher professional development, and retention.
Math and Science Teacher Initiative - CSU Los Angeles
CSU Los Angeles' Math & Science Teacher Initiative seeks to increase the number of competent credentialed math & science teachers graduating from CSULA by building a clear pathway to expedite the degree/credential procedure, by providing financial and social support for students aspiring to be math and science teachers, and by building bridges with local high-schools and community colleges to encourage students to become high-school math or science teachers.
Math and Science Teacher Initiative - CSU Northridge
California State University Northridge has one of the largest science education credentialing programs in the state of California and offers specialized instruction in the teaching of science, rather than just the generalized teaching methods taught at many institutions.
Math and Science Teacher Initiative - CSU San Francisco
San Francisco State University's Center for Science and Mathematics Education awards the CSME Teaching Fellowship (formerly known as MSTI Teaching Fellowships) to support students pursuing careers in K-12th grade mathematics or science teaching.
Math and Science Teacher Initiative - Humboldt State University
The Humboldt Science and Mathematics Center offers programs and professional support for future teachers as well as practicing professionals. The Center is formally partnered with a number of California State University programs.
Math for America
Math for America is a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve math education in US public secondary schools by recruiting, training, and retaining outstanding mathematics teachers. Fellowships, classroom and professional development resources.
Math Teacher Edu
Math Teacher Edu has a mission to serve as a dedicated resource for aspiring college students and existing math teachers alike. The information on the website includes experience requirements, job duties, and salary expectations that will help individuals in career advancement.
Mathematical Association of America
A professional organization that focuses on mathematics at the undergraduate level (CaDeptEd)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
A professional organization that supports teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through broad national leadership in matters related to mathematics education. (CaDeptEd)
National History Education Clearinghouse
Teachinghistory.org is designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) has created Teachinghistory.org with the goal of making history content, teaching strategies, resources, and research accessible.
National Science Teachers Association
NSTA is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Guiding principles: model and value scientific excellence; champion science literacy; embrace diversity, equity, and respect; enhance teaching and learning through research; collaborate with partners; and exemplify a dynamic professional organization. (NSTA)
Paraeducator - Become a Special Educator (Brochure)
This brochure answers questions and provides resources about becoming credentialed special education teachers to currently employed paraeducators and others in California public schools.
Poster (Media and Related Printed Materials)
A full-color poster that catches the eye and can brighten a classroom or career center office.
Service Learning-Brochure
Find out how service learning experiences can help you explore a career in special education.
Teach Math (Brochure)
A guide to becoming a math teacher in California.
Teach Science (Brochure)
A guide to becoming a science teacher in California.
Teach Special Education (Brochure)
This brochure is packed with information about becoming a special educator.
Teacher.org - Start Teaching in Your State!
Believes that teachers inspire our future. Teacher.org is a website for teachers by teachers, and aims to continuously inform and encourage teaching! Find out how to obtain a teaching credential in any state in the U.S., financial aid, salary information, and earning a teaching degree.
Things To Know Before Teaching Special Education
Article from a Special Education teacher's perspective on things to know before deciding if teaching Special Education is for you.
Virtual Games to Help Students Explore Careers in Science
Students can take a survey to explore possible science career paths as well as imagine what it's like to be a scientist through virtual games allowing them to experience typically activities in that field.