California universities are trying to grow more math and science teachers.
Among the carrots will be waiving the repayment of $19,000 in loans for some students.
In addition, an accelerated-degree program now in place at three CSU campuses will be expanded and introduced at all UC campuses, awarding students a teaching credential when they get their four-year degree in science, math or engineering. A teaching credential normally takes a fifth year of study, but students in the program will take credentialing classes in place of some electives and will also take extra classes during one summer.
Once they become teachers, the program’s graduates will be offered summer jobs with private companies to boost income and keep them updated on advances in science and technology.