Secondary Education

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  • Science education students in front a large telescope
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  • Science education students and personnel in front of a Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology sign
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Science Teaching Credentials

CSUN offers the California Preliminary Single-Subject Credential in General Science, Biology. Chemistry, Geoscience, and Physics. The General Science credential authorizes the teaching of K-8 integrated science courses as well as introductory courses in general, life, and physical science. The Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience, and Physics Credentials authorize the teaching of these subjects, respectively, at the high-school level, in addition to authorizing the teaching of general science courses. 

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 science credential programs, contact Norm Herr at

Program Pathways 

Science-Education Faculty 

Norman Herr

Professor Norman Herr coordinates the credential and master’s programs in science education.  Dr. Herr earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has worked as a scientist, high school science teacher, college science instructor, science education consultant, and professor of science education and educational technology. Dr. Herr is author of The Sourcebook for Teaching Science, Hands-On Physics Activities with Real-Life Application, Hands-On Chemistry Activities with Real-Life Applications, and numerous other resources for science educators. His research interests focus on Computer Supported Collaborative Science (CSCS).  


Brian Foley

Professor Foley works on issues of Educational Technology and Science Education including helping students identify and critique pseudoscience and junk science and effective uses of technology. He coordinates the Master’s degree program in Educational Technology as well as the Accelerated Credential (ACT) program. He is also a PI on the CSUN Noyce project and the CSUN Science Learning Collaborative (CSLC). 

For more information about CSUN’s mathematics-credential programs, contact Norm Herr 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