CA Foundational General Science (Middle Grades) Credential and Exam Requirements - Approved

California Foundational General Science (Middle Grades) Credential and Exam Requirements - Approved Pathway


Middle Grades Science Certification Available: Preliminary Single Subject Foundational General Science and an English Learner Authorization (ELA).


Graduates of a WGU science grades 5-9 teacher preparation program will be eligible for a preliminary Single Subject Foundational General Science teaching credential in California, which will allow them to teach in any grades 7-8 integrated science course, and in any introductory general science, introductory life science, or introductory physical science course taught in a departmentalized setting.


Required Exams for Licensure
1. Content Exam


CSET Foundational-Level General Science subtest 215 (OR, if passed prior to 8/6/17 CSET Foundational-Level General Science subtests 118 and 119)


2. WGU Program Requirement

You have three options to satisfy this requirement:


1) Praxis 5440, Middle School Science
2) Praxis 5435, General Science: Content Knowledge

3) Praxis 0439, Middle School Science (retired)


All CSET exams must be passed prior to demonstration teaching, and passing scores for all required CSET exams must be posted to your degree plan before you are allowed to begin demonstration teaching. More information is found here. In addition, all CSET exams must be less than 10 years old at the time of credential application.


Visit these links for important information:

General Information About Licensing in California

Registering for Praxis Exams
Submitting Exam Scores to WGU
Applying for your California Teaching License
California Teaching Performance Assessment


Article Number: 19400, 1956