How to Apply to the Science Teacher Credential Program

There Are 3 Main Steps to the Application Process to the Science Education Program; Click the Below Links to Go to the Specific Steps:

Step 1: Submit your application through Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations

Step 2: Submit your application to Secondary Education

Step 3: Submit your application to Science Education Program and taking the Writing Exam

For the Science Education Program, there are 3 Credential Levels:

All three levels requires you to take the California Subject Examinations for Teachers. Please see below for which CSETs you will need to take. Please note the following when applying to the program:

  • CSETs must be taken upon the "extended deadline" of the application packet to Secondary Education. 
  • If you are in progress of taking the CSETs by the "extended deadline", you will be admitted conditionally. You will need to take the CSETs and provide a copy of your results to Secondary Education and our office by the end of the 1st semester in the Credential program. 
  • It is required for all credential seeking applicants to complete the CSETs. CSET Subtest I (#215)* covers general science content while Subtest II (#217-#220)* covers the candidate's area of concentration. 
  • CSET's can not be waived nor subsituted for Science Education. No exceptions!

 * As of August 7, 2017, CSET #118 and #119 have been replaced with CSET #215.


The 3 levels are: 

General Science (Single Subject Credential)

Specialized Science Credential

After You Have Applied Through GAPE and is In Process of Handing In Your Application Packet to Secondary Education:

  • Contact Science Education at to schedule an appointment to meet with our Director of the Science Education Program and take your writing exam.

  • When you come to the meeting with the Director, please bring the following information:
    • Fill out the Science Education Subject Matter Competency Report [pdf].
    • Copies of the following items:
      • Unofficial Transcript
      • CSET Scores (See below more information on what CSETs you would need to take for the program)
      • CBEST scores (if applicable)

Writing Exam

You must pass a writing test which will be administered by the Science Education Program Department.  You will be given a prompt and will have 45 minutes to write on a topic that is given to you.  We will forward your written test to Secondary Education for review, and you will be notified by Secondary Education via email as to the status. This test will be scheduled at the same time during your meeting with our Director of the Science Education Program.


Steps for Obtaining a Foundational Level Credential

In order to earn a foundational level credential, you need to apply for the multiple subject credential through Secondary Education. In addition, you are required to take the General Science CSET #215* and Science Education (SCED 173: Methods). A Single Subject Teaching Credential in Foundational-Level General Science authorizes teaching only in general, introductory, and integrated science (integrated science through Grade 8 only).


*If you are taking this test after August 7, 2017: CSET #215 must be completed. For more information, click here 

*If you took the test on or before August 6, 2017: CSET #118 and #119 must be completed. For more information, click here


General Science (Single Subject Credential) 

The General Science (Single Subject Credential) is for students that are interested in teaching all basic Science Classes and a specialized Science class. This level's CSETs requirements are: 

  • CSET #120
  • 1 Specialized Science Area (See below for more information about the specialized Science Area CSETs).

Specialized Science CSET Tests Information:

Life Sciences Chemistry Geosciences
(Earth and Space Sciences)
#217 #218 #219  #220