Secondary Education

Science Teaching Credentials

CSUN offers the California Preliminary Single-Subject Credential in Science: Physics, Science: Chemistry, Science: Biology, Science: Geoscience and Foundation Level Science. These authorize the teaching of the courses shown in the table below. Please refer to the CTC website for details on the examination requirements for each of these credentials. In addition, we offer the Health Science credential, which authorizes teachers to teach health science in secondary schools.

Free CSET Preparation Courses for General Science - Earn $750 upon admission to the program and $500 upon first science credential following participation in CSET Preparation courses (while funding available). 

Science: Physics Credential

  • Physics  - AP Physics 1, 2 & C, IB Physics, College Preparatory Physics, Conceptual Physics, General Physics, etc.
  • Introductory and general science (Grade 12 and below)
  • Introductory life science (Grade 12 and below)
  • Introductory physical science (Grade 12 and below)

Science: Chemistry Credential

  • Physics  - AP Chemistry, IB Chemistry, College Preparatory Chemistry, General Chemistry, Consumer Chemistry, etc. 
  • Introductory and general science (Grade 12 and below)
  • Introductory life science (Grade 12 and below)
  • Introductory physical science (Grade 12 and below)

Science: Biology Credential

  • Physics  - AP Biology, IB Biology, College Preparatory Biology, General Biology, Physiology, Life Sciences, Anatomy, Botany, Genetics, Physiology, Zoology, Microbiology, Marine Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, AP Environmental Science, etc. 
  • Introductory and general science (Grade 12 and below)
  • Introductory life science (Grade 12 and below)
  • Introductory physical science (Grade 12 and below)

Science: Geoscience Credential

  • Physics  - Earth Science, Geoscience, Astronomy, AP Environmental Science
  • Introductory and general science (Grade 12 and below)
  • Introductory life science (Grade 12 and below)
  • Introductory physical science (Grade 12 and below)

Foundational-Level Science Credential

  • Introductory and general science (Grade 12 and below)
  • Introductory life science (Grade 12 and below)
  • Introductory physical science (Grade 12 and below)

Health Science Credential

  • Health (Grade 12 and below)

Program Pathways

Science-Education Faculty 

Norman Herr

Professor
norm.herr@csun.edu
(818) 677-2505

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
bfoley@csun.edu
(818) 677-4005

Mike Rivas

Professor
mike.rivas@csun.edu
(818) 677-6792

Professor Mike Rivas works with Credential and Masters students in science and general education.  Dr. Rivas earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Before joining CSUN in 2003, he taught biology, chemistry, physics, and anatomy and physiology in public and private school settings for 14 years.  At CSUN, he has served as a professor of general and science education and educational technology. His research interests focus on improving the teaching and learning process by developing a healthy classroom community, enhancing the understanding of the nature of science, and using Computer Supported Collaborative Science (CSCS) effectively.

For more information about CSUN’s mathematics-credential programs, contact Norm Herr at norm.herr@csun.edu