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

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


Middle Grades Science Certification Available: Preliminary Single Subject Foundational General Science 


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 subtests 118 and 119


Note: beginning 8/7/17 the CSET Foundational-Level General Science subtest 215 exam will replace subtests 118 and 119. More detailed information below.

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)


The current Subtests 118 and 119 are being replaced by one subtest, subtest 215. The last day to take the 118 or 119 subtest is on 8/6/17. If you do not pass both of these exams by this date, you will need to pass the new 215 exam. Passing scores for the 215 exam have not yet been determined by the CTC. It is anticipated that the earliest test results for the 215 exam will be released by mid-November. Because of DT placement deadlines outlined below, if you intend to enroll in the January 2018 DT cohort, you must pass the current 118 and 119 subtest exams by 8/6/17. Otherwise, the 215 exam score will not be posted until after the January 2018 DT cohort deadline.

CSET exams are valid for licensure for 10 years from the date taken. All CSET exam scores must be posted to your Degree Plan by June 15th for the September cohort or September 15th for the January cohort.


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