Pathways to Becoming a Math, Science, or Computer Science Teacher

Undergraduate Degree Pathways

Which one is right for me?

I want to teach... Recommended subject matter pathway
Middle School Science or High School General Science
  • BA in Physical Science (Teaching Concentration) OR
  • Foundational Level General Science ( FLGS) Subject Matter Program (any other major) OR
  • CSET (any other major)
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, OR Earth Science (also allows you to teach middle school science high school general science)
  • BS/BA in Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, or Physics OR
  • CSET (any other major) 

Middle School Math or High School General Math, Algebra, Geometry, Probability & Statistics 

  • BA in Math (Bi-disciplinary Mathematics Concentration) OR 
  • BS in Math OR
  • CSET I and CSET II (any other major)
Middle School Math or High School General Math, Algebra, Geometry, Probability & Statistics AND Trigonometry & Calculus 
  • BA in Math (Secondary Teaching Concentration) OR 
  • BS in Math OR
  • CSET I, II & III (any other major)
Computer Science
  • Single Subject Credential in Math OR
  • Computer Science Authorization (while or after completion of any other major)

Admission Requirements 

  • Complete Prerequisites (EDUC 417, EDSS 418) +
  • 45 Hours of Observation in School +
  • Single Subject Credential Application

How will I be supported Financially?

The credential program approximately costs $15,000. The average STEM candidate received approximately $10,500 in scholarships and stipends in 2021-2022.  

The STEP Center and partners support all candidates in affording the program through a combination of the following Scholarships, Reimbursements, and Stipends. 

CSET and CBEST Reimbursement:

As an undergraduate you can complete and send the Exam Reimbursement Form to get a reimbursement for any CSET or CBEST exam taken. You can also get reimbursed for additional CSET or other teaching exams taken as a teacher candidate. 

STEP Scholarship: 

Awarded during the Fall and Spring semester for enrolled Single Subject Math and Science Teacher Candidates. Amount varies annually and students’ unmet financial need. Typically around $2,000 per semester.  

Multiple Subject and Education Specialists who add a Single Subject Math or Science Credential will also receive a STEP Scholarship around $2,000. 

STEP Bilingual Authorization Scholarship:

Awarded for any single subject math or science teacher candidates have earned or are working on a Bilingual Authorization

North Bay Teacher Residency Program:

Be part of a teacher learning community in Santa Rosa, receive a stipend of $2000 (with opportunities to substitute teach for additional income), and commit to teaching for 4 years in the school district. 

Additional CSU wide Scholarships:

Microsoft, Joan Bissell: Scholarship availability varies from year to year. Must apply and scholarships typically around $5,000. 

How do I get Advising?

About undergraduate pathways, CSET, and subject matter programs?

Subject Contact 
BA/BS in Math

Dr. Ben Ford at ben.ford@sonoma.edu Or

Dr. Martha Byrne at byrnema@sonoma.edu

BA in Physical Science  Dr. Alex Miller at millerale@sonoma.edu
All other science undergraduate pathways, CSET, and the Foundational Level General Science (FLGS) Subject Matter Program

Dr. Ed Lyon at lyone@sonoma.edu

Computer Science Supplementary Authorization  Dr. Rajeev Virmani at virmani@sonoma.edu 

 

About admission requirements and how to apply to a Sonoma State Credential program?

Contact: Credentials Office at credentials.office@sonoma.edu

Attend an Info Session. See schedule at http://education.sonoma.edu/Student-Services-Office

About requirements and other questions specific to the single subject credential program?

Contact: Dr. Ed Lyon at lyone@sonoma.edu