This program is not NCLB compliant; additional units are needed to meet the federal regulation requirements for subject matter competency, with individual district approval. Carve out a new opportunity and heighten your appeal to potential employers.
This authorization can be added to any of the following valid California teaching credentials: Single Subject, Multiple Subject, Standard Elementary, Standard Secondary or Special Secondary.
Teachers holding a valid Single Subject, Multiple Subject, Standard Elementary or Standard Secondary Teaching Credential who are interested in teaching Science.
What You'll Learn
- An interdisciplinary approach to biological sciences through demonstration labs and lecture
- Fundamental concepts of chemistry
- Hands-on approaches to geology through on-site field exploration and classroom activities.
- Physics concepts including energy, electricity, magnetism, heat and waves.
What You Can Do With This Certificate
Teaching positions are available in both private and public schools.
“Pursuing an Authorization in Science really boosted my career. This program conveniently offers courses on Saturdays, online and during the summer. Instructors offered authentic scientific experiences through hands-on activities, collaborations, and field trips.”
Eighth Grade Science Teacher
Moreno Valley Unified School District
Moreno Valley, CA
Earning the Certificate
Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:
- Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
- One of the following valid California teaching credentials:
- Multiple Subject
- Single Subject
- Standard Elementary
- Standard Secondary
- Successful completion of 18 units with a grade of C or better. This must include units in each of the following four areas: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geosciences and Physics.
- The coursework must include a one-year sequence of courses in at least two of the listed subject areas, and at least one course must include a laboratory component.
- Upon program completion:
- Student must notify the Credentials Office via email email@example.com or via phone (951) 827-1661.
- Upon verification that all requirements have been met, the Credentials Office will mail the student a checklist with the appropriate recommendation paperwork.
- Student completes the recommendation paperwork and mails it back to the Credentials Office with a $70.00 check or money order made payable to "CTC."
- Student pays the UCR Extension $50.00 "Credential Filing Fee-Education" to Student Services by calling (951) 827-4105.
- The Credentials Office then recommends the student to CTC. A C19 letter is mailed to the student as verification of recommendation.
- CTC can take up to six months to process recommendations. Please review CTC's website ctc.ca.gov to verify issuance. You will not receive a document in the mail as the CTC has gone completely paperless.
UCR Extension only submits recommendations to CTC on behalf of students who have completed all of the coursework through UCR Extension.
For more information see How to Earn a Certificate
Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.
Demonstration labs and lab work in biological sciences and basic elements of cell and population biology, anatomy and physiology. Emphasis on the common characteristics of all living systems and the integration of chemistry, physics and simple statistics through an interdisciplinary approach to biological sciences. Topics include: structure and function, endocrinology and physiological mechanisms, electron microscopy, waste, the senses, movement, growth, reproduction and genetic engineering.
Introduction to the fundamental concepts of chemistry. Topics include structure of matter, chemical bonding, states of matter, chemical reactions, and chemical energy. Demonstrations and experiments for engaging students are presented.
Topics in biological sciences that demonstrate the interconnections among physical, biological, earth and mathematical sciences. Topics include: characteristics of living systems, biological classification, the cell, photosynthesis, food and respiration.
Fundamental concepts of the structure of matter and chemical bonding. Topics include energy and matter, atomic structure, the periodic table, groups of elements, chemical formulas and bonding, chemical reactions and equations, the mole and stoichiometry. Demonstrations and hands-on activities appropriate for the classroom are presented. This course is aligned with both the state and national science standards.
Introduction to the fundamental concepts of physics. Topics include energy, electricity and magnetism, and heat and waves. Demonstrations and activities that engage students' interest and participation in classroom activities. This course is aligned with the state and science standards.
Principles of geology for educators, including earth materials, landforms, resources, plate tectonics, fossils, earth history, structure and field localities. Includes specific reference to successful methods of teaching geology and earth science to students. Participants will explore a geological site and gain hands-on field experience in geology.
“My students always tell me that they've enjoyed learning new science concepts, and love having new hands-on, inquiry-based lessons to take back to their classrooms. I really love working with other adults. It's very special to get to laugh and share and learn with other teachers. I learn just as much from them as they do from me!”
Riverside Unified School District
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