Science Education Programs

Science Teaching Credential

In California there are two kinds of single subject teaching credentials:

1) Preliminary – issued for a maximum of five years and
2) Clear –issued after a teacher has completed a teacher preparation program, received a five-year preliminary credential and additional education training.

To view the requirements for the earning a single subject teaching credential visit the following form.

The SJSU Science Education Teaching Credential program is designed for the student who already has a bachelor’s degree in science or a related field and wants to become a California certified middle or high school science teacher. This program prepares pre-service teachers to consider how people learn and strategies to engage students in thinking about science ideas.  If you still have more questions on how to apply for your credential, please contact Resa Kelly (408) 924-4940 or email

For more information on how to apply to get your Science Education Teaching Credential, click here

We also offer a minor in science education that allows undergraduates to begin coursework towards the teaching credential program while working toward a bachelor of arts degree. Please note that completing the minor does not guarantee admittance to the credential program.

If you are a career changer, we offer support and guidance to assist you in re-entering the educational setting.

New Opportunity for Single Subject Credential Program! Bilingual Single Subject Candidates who wish to be able to teach in their Subject Area through the language of Spanish can also apply to earn a Bilingual Authorization (Spanish) during the program. Learn more about the Critical Bilingual Authorization Program here.

MA Science Education 

The MA Science Education degree is a 30–unit program designed to meet the needs of students who have completed a single subject teaching credential in science and wish to enhance their understanding of science teaching and learning through graduate coursework. This program prepares students to engage in science education research and to develop a project that explores teaching and/or learning in formal and informal settings. How to apply to the Master's Program.