Single Subject Teaching Credential in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geosciences, Physics and Foundational Level General Science (7-12) is an interdisciplinary program that connects the three main elements of teacher training (subject matter preparation, pedagogical training and field experience) between the Science Education Program, Department of Secondary Education and local school districts. The Credential Program is organized around the California Teaching Performance Expectations and includes subject matter preparation, prerequisite education coursework and credential coursework.
To earn a secondary science teaching credential, candidates must:
- Demonstrate subject matter competency
- Complete a program of professional preparation
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing authorizes nine different science credentials that authorize service in pre-school, grades 12 and under, and in classes organized for adults. Each credential requires demonstration of subject matter competence through completion of specific undergraduate or graduate degrees OR successful passage of several subtests of the California Science Examination for Teachers (CSET) in Science. Candidates with a regular credential in a science area are authorized to teach in their specific discipline, as well as general and integrated science, including middle school science. Candidates with a Specialized credential in a science area are authorized to teach only in their specific discipline.
The Single Subject Science Credential Program is administered jointly with the Secondary Education, Department of . See additional program information, including the Internship Program, under that Department.