Science Credential Program

Come to CSUN to earn your Credential to: 

Teach Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geosciences, & General Science

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Please take a few minutes to listen to what science teachers say. Check out the CSUN Advantage in Science Teacher Preparation!

CSUN offers specialized training for science teachers:

California State University Northridge has one of the largest science education credentialing programs in the state of California. As a result of our size, we are able to offer specialized instruction in the teaching of science, rather than just the generalized teaching methods taught at many institutions. Students enroll in specialized science education courses such as: Methods of Teaching ScienceSupervised Field Experience in Teaching Science, Computers in Science Teaching,  Website Development for Science Teachers and Advanced Laboratory Curriculum Development . All professors hold doctoral degrees and have taught science in secondary schools. All field supervisors have had numerous years of experience as secondary school science teachers.

Science Credentialing Fields

At CSUN, you may earn credentials to teach biology, chemistry, physics, geoscience and general science. To be admitted to the science credential preparation program, you must pass California Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET) in one or more science fields.  We offer free CSET preparation courses!

Upon completion of coursework and field experiences, the CSUN Credential Office recommends science teacher candidates to the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing.  Our graduates teach a wide variety of science courses including AP Biology, IB Biology, AP Physics, IB Physics, AP Chemistry, IB Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, anatomy, physiology, plant biology, robotics, engineering, general science and many more.  

Added Authorizations & Supplemental Credentials

Teachers may earn an added authorization to teach physics, biological science, chemistry, geosciences or health science to their existing credential by taking the Methods of Teaching Science course and passing the CSET in that subject.  Alternatively, teachers may earn a supplemental credential to teach physics, biological science, chemistry, or geosciences to their existing credential through coursework in the specific field as specified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. 

Application to the Program

Students who are interested in earning a science teaching credential should email Dr. Norm Herr, the advisor for the science credentialing programs. They should also attend information meetings offered by the Credential Office and apply for admission to the credential program. 

Careers in Science Education

There is a strong demand for science teachers in the state of California and throughout the nation. Our records show that during the past 20 years, more than 99% of those completing the credential programs in science have found jobs as science teachers. The demand for science teachers should remain strong despite economic recessions and fiscal cutbacks. 

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