Becoming a Math or Science Teacher

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General Information:

To become a mathematics or science teacher you must complete a credential program.  In order to be accepted into a credential program you must have:

  • Earned a Bachelor's Degree
  • Passed the CBEST Exam
  • Demonstrated Subject Matter Competency

The most straight forward way to achieve both a bachelor's degree and subject matter competency is to complete one of our CCTC approved degree programs for future middle and high school science and mathematics teachers. They are listed below as are the faculty advisors for each program. If you already have a bachelor's degree you can get subject matter competency by passing the appropriate CSET Exam linked below.  We have included a link to the Single Subject Teacher Credential Program as well. Chico State, through its programs and proper advising, prides itself in providing a seamless transition from an undergraduate program through completion of a credential pattern.

Biology BA Biological Sciences*
Advisor: Bev Marcum (Holt 330; 898-5539)


Chemistry BA Chemistry*
Advisor: Chris Nichols (PHSC 308; 898-5541)


Geosciences BS Geosciences - Option in Science Education*
Advisor: Ann Bykerk-Kauffman (PHSC 114; 898-6305)


Physics BS Physics - Option in General Physics*
Advisor: David Kagan (PHSC 106C ; 898-4575)


Natural Sciences BA Natural Sciences
Advisor: Irene Salter (Holt 101C ; 898-4599)


Mathematics B.S. Mathematics - Mathematics Education Option*
Advisor: Jorgen Berglund (Holt 220 ; 898-5350)

*CCTC approved program.


CSET Exams

CSU Chico Credential Program  Information