Becoming a STEM Teacher

Undergraduate Degree Pathways

There are many pathways to earning your credential to teach Math, Science, and/or Computer Science. Learn more in the video and sections below.

Getting Into the Single Subject Credential Program

Admissions/ Application Process

Contact: Credentials Office at sends e-mail)

Attend an Info Session. See schedule at

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

Contact: Dr. Ed Lyon at

I want to teach... Recommended subject matter pathway
Middle School Science or High School General Science
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, OR Earth Science (also allows you to teach middle school science high school general science)

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

Middle School Math or High School General Math, Algebra, Geometry, Probability & Statistics AND Trigonometry & Calculus 
Computer Science

Admission Requirements 

  • Complete Prerequisites (EDSS 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. Find more information here.

CSET and CBEST Reimbursement:

As an undergraduate, you can request 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. 

How do I get Advising?

About undergraduate pathways, CSET, and subject matter programs?

Subject Contact 
BA/BS in Math

Dr. Ben Ford at Or

Dr. Martha Byrne at

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

Dr. Ed Lyon at

Computer Science Supplementary Authorization  Dr. Rajeev Virmani at