Kinds of Science and Mathematics Teaching Credentials

In our public schools, a teacher needs to hold a credential (teaching certificate) in a particular area that allows the teacher to teach in that area. Here are some of the science and mathematics teaching areas. This list of areas changes over time as the Commission of Teacher Credentialing changes the credentials and their requirements. Check out the California Commission On Teacher Credentialing (http://www.ctc.ca.gov/)for more information or contact our Credentials Office for more information.

 

Credential Type Where you can teach
Foundational Mathematics Allows you teach algebra, geometry, statistics and consumer math
Mathematics Allows you to teach all mathematics through high school
Foundational General Science Allows you to teach general science classes at the junior high or high school level
Science: Biological Sciences Allows you to teach life science or biology in middle or high schools
Science: Chemistry Allows you to teach chemistry or physical science in middle or high schools
Science: Geosciences Allows you to teach geology and or earth science in middle and high schools
Science: Physics Allows you to teach physics or physical science in middle or high schools
Biological Sciences (Specialized) Allows you to teach in high school in a biology or AP biology class
Chemistry (Specialized) Allows you to teach in high school in a chemistry or AP chemistry class
Geosciences (Specialized) Allows you to teach in high school in a geology or earth science class
Physics (Specialized) Allows you to teach in high school in a physics or AP physics class