The Foundational Level General Science certificate program is designed for students who would like to teach middle school science or would like to become K-5 science specialists. Credentialed teachers who complete this program and pass the Science CSET I and II exams qualify for the Foundational-level Added Authorization in Science.
Candidates for this program should have or plan to obtain their Multiple Subject teaching credential or a Single Subject teaching credential in a subject other than a science discipline. Students who complete this program will be well prepared to teach science at the K-8 level, will have completed the State required Methods Courses in Single Subject Science and will have the content knowledge required to pass the Science CSET I and II exams. The certificate consists of 20 units.
In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University requirements for graduation which are described in the Undergraduate Admission and Degree Information & FAQ chapter in the front of this catalog. These include the General Education-Breadth requirements; the second composition (ENGL 1002) requirement; the cultural groups/women requirement; the performing arts/activities requirement; the U.S. history, U.S. Constitution, and California state and local government requirement; the University Writing Skills Requirement; and the residence, unit, and grade point average requirements.