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Science Teacher Preparation and Development in the Heart of Silicon Valley

The Science Education Program at San José State University is well positioned to meet the increasing demand for well-qualified and prepared science teachers in our community. Our program focuses on three aspects of science teacher education: recruitment and undergraduate experiences, pre-service training and preparation at the credential level, and professional development for in-service science educators. Our network of partners within SJSU and with school districts in the greater San José area ensures that our students receive essential hands-on training to fully prepare themselves for careers as science educators.

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Science Education Program

Our program focuses on three aspects of science teacher education: recruitment and undergraduate experiences, pre-service training and preparation at the credential level, and professional development of in-service science educators.

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Are you looking to enhance your teaching skills and expertise?

San Jose State’s Master of Science program in Science Education is a flexible program designed to provide K-12 teachers the opportunity to enhance their understanding of science teaching and learning in accordance with the Teacher Education Program.

Get Your MS in Science Education

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Ever think about what it would be like to become a science teacher?

To earn a teaching credential, you will need to enroll in our graduate level credential program. There are quite a few steps to apply, learn what you need to do now so that the transition is easy. Contact us to find out more information at!

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Congratulations Resa Kelly!

Congratulations to Dr. Resa Kelly, Professor of Chemistry and Science Education Program Director, for being honored the 2021 Dean's Scholar.

Congratulations Tammie Visintainer!

Congratulations to Dr. Tammie Visintainer whose publication "I think at first glance people would not expect me to be interested in science: Exploring the racialized science experiences of high school students of color" was chosen for a Research Worth Reading award by the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST).

Congratulations Ellen Metzger!

Congratulations to: Professor Ellen Metzger who has been invited to work on an initiative of the CSU Chancellor's Office - Academic and Student Affairs. Dr. Metzger will be assisting with the development of a report on the effects of the current Covid-19 pandemic to environmental literacy and sustainability efforts across the state of California.

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Congratulations Cassandra Paul and team!

Congratulations to: PI Cassandra Paul and CO PIs Tammie Visintainer, Resa Kelly, Katherine Wilkinson, and Marcos Pizarro who were awarded an NSF DUE AWARD #1953760 in the amount of $1,699,833 over the next 5 years for the grant: "Transforming Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Through Culturally Sustaining, Active, and Asset-Based Approaches to Introductory Science Courses."

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Updates and Reminders

Seminar Series

Seminar Series for Science Educators on the current pandemic: Hosted by the Santa Clara County Office of Education and presented by Mark Okuda. There will be 2 sessions on the current pandemic. 

Session I: How the Omnicron variant was discovered, will be held on Monday, January 31, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM.

Session II: Testing for the presence of Covid19, will be held on Monday, February 7, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM.

For further information please contact Santa Clara County Education - Science Education Coordinators: Jennifer Mutch @ or Tara Sikorski @

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General Science CSET - Prep Workshops

Individuals throughout California can register for this FREE online workshop series.

General Science CSET - Prep Workshops

Testing Centers reopen

Testing Centers are starting to reopen where local guidance permits. If you have outstanding testing to complete, we recommend that you sign up as soon as possible.

For more information, visit the examination webpage for California Educator Credentialing Assessments.

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Educational Technology Requirement

Please remember that to complete the program you must meet the level 1 tech requirement.

Follow this link to enroll for the free certification class. (NOTE: do not enter SJSU when it asks for your institution, or you will be charged for the class as an employee instead of enrolling for free as a student.)

Free Certification Class

U.S. Constitution Requirement

For students still needing to fulfill the U.S. Constitution requirement, here's an online exam that they could take. It is offered through Notre Dame de Namur University.

U.S Constitution Exam

CPR Requirement

The credential office is now accepting fully online CPR courses due to COVID-19. We are recommending this course as it covers Infant, Child and Adult CPR and it meets the American Heart Association guidelines.

(NOTE: because this certification is only good for one year and it is an exit requirement, we recommend that you wait until mid-way through the program or later to meet the requirement).

Recommended CPR Course

California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA)

Review up-to-date information about the impact of school closures on CalTPA participation and options available if your clinical practice experience is delayed.