Center for Mathematics and Science Education

Become a Math or Science Teacher

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:

  • Completed the Basic Skills Requirement
  • Earned a Bachelor's Degree
  • Demonstrated Subject Matter Competency

The Basic Skills Requirement can be met many ways.

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 science and mathematics teachers. They are listed below as are the faculty advisors for each program.

If you already have another bachelor's degree you can get subject matter competency by passing the appropriate CSET Exam linked below.  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. Please contact Departments and Advisors in your area of interest.





Foundational Level General Science

  • Waiver requires eight courses:
    • PHYS 202A and 202B
    • CHEM 111 and 112
    • BIOL 151 and 152
    • GEOS 102 and 300

Department of Science Education


CSET Exams

CSU, Chico Credential Program

Have a Question?

Contact the following coordinators for additional information:

Mathematics Coordinator
Jorgen Berglund
HOLT 220

Science Coordinator
David Kagan