CA Master of Arts in Science Education Certification and Exam Requirements - Direct Pathway

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


Graduates of a WGU Master of Arts in Science Education (MASE) grades 5-9 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.


Single Subject (Secondary) Science Certifications Available:  

 

Biological Science:  Allows one to teach in any biological science, integrated science, or introductory science classroom.

Chemistry:  Allows one to teach in any chemistry, integrated science, or introductory science classroom.

Physics:  Allows one to teach in any physics, integrated science, or introductory science classroom.

Earth and Space Sciences:  Allows one to teach in any earth/geoscience, integrated science, or introductory science classroom.


Graduates of a WGU Master of Arts in Science Education (MASE) grades 5-12 program will be eligible for a preliminary Single Subject science teaching credential in California in the area(s) in which they have content specialization. This means that students in a MASE 5-12 program will be eligible for certification to teach in an endorsement area that aligns with their chosen emphasis of biology, physics, earth science, or chemistry. 

 

Required Exams:

 

Program

Current Exams (Note: CSETs are valid for 10 years.) 

MASE Middle Grades

Content Exam: CSET Foundational-Level General Science Subtest 1 (215)

(or, if passed prior to 8/7/2017, CSET Foundational-Level General Science subtests I (118) and II (119))


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 5439, Middle School Science (retired) 

MASE Secondary Grades Biological Science

Content Exam: CSET Single Subject Science Subtests 1 (215) and II (217)

(or, if passed prior to 8/7/2017, subtests I (118), II (119), and III (120))


WGU Program Requirement: Praxis 5235, Biology: Content Knowledge

MASE Secondary Grades Chemistry

Content Exam: CSET Single Subject Science Subtest I (215) and II (218)

(or, if passed prior to 8/7/2017, subtests I (118), II (119), and III (121))


WGU Program Requirement: Praxis 5245, Chemistry: Content Knowledge 

MASE Secondary Grades Physics

Content Exam: CSET Single Subject Science Subtest I (215) and II (220)

(or, if passed prior to 8/7/2017, subtests I (118), II (119), and III (123))


WGU Program Requirement: Praxis 5265, Physics: Content Knowledge 

MASE Secondary Grades Earth and Space Sciences 

Content Exam: CSET Single Subject Science Subtest I (215) and II (219)

(or, if passed prior to 8/7/2017, subtests I (118), II (119), and III (122))


WGU Program Requirement: Praxis 5571, Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge 

 

Note: Passing criteria for the new exams effective 8/7/17 have not yet been determined by the CTC. It is anticipated that the earliest test results for these exams will be released by mid-November. If you intend to complete your practicum before the estimated score release date for the newer subtests, you will need to pass the current subtests scheduled to retire on 8/6/17.

 

The current Foundational-Level General Science Subtests 118 and 119 are being replaced by one subtest, Subtest  215. Additionally, each current Single Subject Science (Biological Science (120), Chemistry (121), Physics (123), and Earth and Space Sciences (122)) exam is being replaced by an updated Single Subject Science exam specific to each area. The updated exams are listed in the right column in the table above.

 

The last day to take the Foundational-Level General Science Subtests 118 and 119 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. The last day to take any of the Single Subject (120-123) subtests is also on 8/6/17. If you do not pass the Single Subject Subtest (120-123) for your content area by this date, you will need to take the updated version, listed in the right column in the table above.

 

It is permissible to mix newer/older versions of the Foundational-Level General Science and Single Subject exams. For example, a Biological Science student could submit the older 118 and 119 General Science subtests along with the newer 217 Single Subject subtest. Conversely, a student could submit the newer 215 General Science subtest along with the older 120 Single Subject subtest.

 

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
Adding an Authorization to your California Teaching Credential


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Article Number: 19410, 2678