Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Math and Science Teacher Initiative?

Math and Science Teacher Initiative, or MSTI, is a program designed to address the state of California's critical shortage of qualified single-subject math or science teachers. Financial stipends are based on merit and on intentions of becoming a mathematics or science high school teacher in a Kern County school.

What is the Blended Program for Single Subject Credential in Mathematics?

The Blended Program for Single Subject Credential in Mathematics allows math majors to obtain their degree and credential at the same time. Students finish in less time than the traditional math degree with the additional year for the credential.

What are the program requirements?

Students who are participants in MSTI must meet and maintain the following requirements:

Stipends and Funding

MSTI provides a stipend worth up to $8,000 over two years and is awarded each quarter, including during the summer. MSTI also reimburses for costs associated with the clearance process including CBEST, CSET, fingerprinting, background check, and TB test. Students could also be eligible for up to $19,000 in forgivable loans through APLE.


Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE) is a state program designed for students who are entering the teaching profession to have educational loans assumed by the California Student Aid Commission. A maximum of $19,000 in loan assumption benefits are possible. Please refer to the APLE link on this website for additional information