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Early Teaching Experiences in Mathematics (ETEMS)

The Early Teaching Experiences in Mathematics and Science scholarship program offers CSUSB students a unique opportunity to explore K-12 STEM teaching. Once students have completed their first year of coursework in their major, they become eligible to apply. Participants will spend at least 20 hours working with peers and a faculty advisor to plan a lesson and learn about what goes into effective teaching, as well as 20 hours observing K-12 classrooms and ultimately teaching their lesson in a K-12 classroom. Through this immersive experience, participants gain a deeper understanding of what is involved in a teaching career and can then use this knowledge to make an informed decision about pursuing a career as a K-12 teacher. You have the option of participating in the program for either one or two semesters and would be eligible for a scholarship each semester.

  • Gain hands-on exposure to teaching science or mathematics in a K-12 classroom.
  • Observe local K-12 classrooms and meet and interview local mathematics and science teachers.
  • Receive up to a $1,500 scholarship per semester for up to two semesters.
  • While in the program, you will work with a small group of peers, guided by a faculty mentor, to develop a short classroom lesson that illustrates important principles in science or mathematics.
  • If you choose to be in the program for the second semester, you will have the opportunity to teach the lesson in a local K-12 classroom, then revise and improve upon the lesson and teach it again.


  1. You must have a minimum 2.7 overall GPA and a 2.7 GPA in your major.
  2. You must have completed the first year of core coursework in your major.
  3. Please apply if you are considering a career in teaching middle or high school mathematics or science, or if you are interested in learning more about teaching math or science in elementary school.

Application Requirements

  1. Please apply to the ETEMS Program at
    ETEMS Application
  2. You will also need to submit an unofficial CSUSB transcript along with three (3) letters of recommendation via email to Please use the subject line “ETEMS Program”. The Letter of recommendation forms can be found in our All Forms page.
    All Forms

Application Deadline information for 2022-2023 school year coming soon!

For more information, please contact
Name Email Phone
CEME/ICMP 909-537-7580