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Extended Middle School Pathway - Science Emphasis

On this page: Learn about the Science Emphasis for teaching science in middle school.


The demand for science teachers continues to be high.

Pathway to Teaching Middle School Science

Students complete the elementary education emphasis with a focus in science, plus a 7- to 9-unit option in science, which provide the 32 units and specific coursework required to earn a Middle School Subject Matter Authorization in science provided they earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in each course. When coupled with a multiple subject credential, this authorization allows individuals to teach science in middle school if they so desire.

Foundational Level General Science certification

With proper selection of courses (Biology 101, 101L; Chemistry 200; and Physics 180A, 182A) and completion of a portfolio, this emphasis also leads to a Foundational Level General Science certification. This program was approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing in October 2011. Thus, students satisfy subject matter competency; they do not have to pass the CSET science tests—118 on earth science and physics and 119 on life science and chemistry.

Maximum Employability

For maximum employability, graduates may choose to earn a multiple subject credential and add a single subject authorization by taking the extra single subject science methods course, Teacher Education 914. Graduates whose sole goal is to teach middle school, however, may choose to do the regular single subject credential program, which gives them the advantage of doing their student teaching in a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade classroom.

Who should consider the Science Emphasis?

Students with a keen interest in science and the possibility of teaching middle school or even higher should consider the Science Emphasis.

Generally, students begin by pursuing the Elementary Education Emphasis with a focus in Science. When it is time to choose an option, a student who wishes to can choose the ISMA option, completing additional coursework to address middle school science content in greater depth.

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