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 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)


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

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