Secondary Education

Mathematics Teaching Credential

CSUN offers the California Preliminary Single-Subject Mathematics Credential, which authorizes the teaching of all K-12 mathematics courses.CSUN also offers the California Preliminary Single-Subject Foundational-Level Mathematics Credential, which authorizes the teaching of all middle-school mathematics courses, general high-school mathematics, high-school algebra and geometry, probability and statistics, and consumer mathematics.

All Single Subject Credentials include an English Learner-ELAS level, which allows the holder to teach English learners in their subject-matter classrooms. For authorizations to teach in English Language Development (ELD), English as Second Language (ESL), or bilingual classrooms, please see our Bilingual Authorization and CTEL/CLAD Certificate Programs.

For more information about CSUN’s Mathematics Credential programs, contact Cat Gaspard at

Program Pathways

Mathematics-Education Faculty

Ivan Cheng

Ivan Cheng

Professor Ivan Cheng is an instructor for both credential and master's courses in math education. He has also taught at both the middle school and high school levels for over 23 years and was among the first secondary math teachers to be National Board certified in the region. There are three things he likes to do besides being with his family and teaching... Disneyland, wine, and ... well, maybe just two things (unless you count coffee ... but that's actually a daily necessity). Dr. Cheng is also a frequent speaker at conferences and is passionately involved in various professional development grant projects to empower teachers to help all their students succeed.

Julie Gainsburg

Julie Gainsburg

Currently serving as Department Chair, Julie Gainsburg has taught department courses in the mathematics-credential program and the MA program in mathematics education. She taught high-school mathematics for ten years, then served on the design team for the first Big Picture Learning school, in Providence, RI. Her research has focused on the mathematical problem solving of engineers, teaching math through and for real-world applications, and mathematics-teacher development. When not at work, she can usually be found on her road bike, climbing out of the San Fernando Valley.

Cathy Gaspard


Cathy Gaspard’s responsibilities include teaching graduate level courses, supervising student teachers in the field, and acting as Liaison for Northridge Academy High School. She also participates on the Curriculum Assessment Committee for the College of Education and the Credential Curriculum Committee for Secondary Education Department. Previously, she was part of education department with the Bard College Masters of Arts in Teaching Program, specializing in mathematics teaching and learning, where she was responsible for instructing secondary-level student teachers methods of teaching and learning mathematics along with curriculum courses across disciplines. Outside of teaching pre-service teachers, she also develops and instructs graduate courses for in-service teachers. Prior to joining Bard, she taught and supervised student teachers from a variety of disciplines in the Teacher Education Program at University of California Santa Barbara. In addition, she participated in an international research project, through the University of Oslo, studying teacher education programs in Norway, Finland, Chile, Cuba, and the United States. Her research interests include discourse in secondary mathematics student teachers’ classrooms during whole-class discussions, influences on instructional decisions during student teachers’ field placements, and the effects of student teachers’ self-evaluation, particularly through the use of video reflection.

For more information about CSUN’s mathematics-credential programs, contact Ivan Chen at

Math & Science Teacher Initiative


The CSUN Math & Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) offers free CSE-prep workshops to prepare individuals to pass the Math-I,II, III, General Science-I, Physics-II, Chemistry-II, and Biology-II subtests, as well as internships, financial incentives and other recruitment resources.