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Next Generation Science Standards

Teacher Credentialing

CDE has developed a document to help explain credentialing requirements for NGSS, including the integrated middle school standards.

MOST teachers currently teaching middle school will have no issues with credentialing if their districts selects the preferred integrated learning progressions for middle school science. Below is a chart which shows what teachers are eligible to teach based on the type of credential they hold. To check what type of credential you have, you can look on the CTC website and log in with your personal information (SSN, Name, DOB). For specific questions regarding your credential, speak to your credential analyst at your District or contact the CTC.

 Type of Credential

 What You Are Eligible to Teach

Multiple Subject Credential teaching in a self-contained classroom

MSCP holders in a self-contained 6th grade classroom will still be able to teach in the self-contained classroom.

Multiple Subject Credential teaching science and another subject

MSCP holders in a self-contained 6th grade classroom will still be able to teach in the self-contained classroom.

Multiple Subject Credential teaching only science

MSCP holders teaching only science already hold another authorization which allows them to teach science. This might include a subject matter authorization (a general science authorization that allows k-9 science), added authorization or an added foundational level general science credential (see below). For most MSCP holders currently teaching only science will not need anything additional to teach an integrated science course.

Foundational Level General Science Credential

This is a single subject credential and allows the holder to teach any science through 9th grade general/introductory (integrated) science

Biological Sciences Credential

This is a single subject credential and allows the holder to teach any science through 9th grade general/introductory (integrated) science plus biological sciences K-12.

Chemistry Credential

This is a single subject credential and allows the holder to teach any science through 9th grade general/introductory (integrated) science plus chemistry K-12.

Geosciences Credential

This is a single subject credential and allows the holder to teach any science through 9th grade general/introductory (integrated) science plus geosciences K-12.

Physics Credential

This is a single subject credential and allows the holder to teach any science through 9th grade general/introductory (integrated) science plus physics K-12.

Specialized Biological Sciences

This is a single subject credential and allows the holder to teach biology K-12 (nothing else) ** Holders of this credential cannot teach integrated science without further certification.

Specialized Chemistry Credential

This is a single subject credential and allows the holder to teach chemistry K-12 (nothing else) It is worth noting that holders of this credential are not able to teach middle school physical science as they are only allowed to teach chemistry. ** Holders of this credential cannot teach integrated science without further certification.

Specialized Geosciences Credential

This is a single subject credential and allows the holder to teach geosciences K-12 (nothing else). **Holders of this credential cannot teach integrated science without further certification.

Specialized Physics Credential

This is a single subject credential and allows the holder to teach physics K- 12 (nothing else) It is worth noting that holders of this credential are not able to teach middle school physical science as they are only allowed to teach physics. ** Holders of this credential cannot teach integrated science without further certification.

Developed by representatives from CSTA, CSP, K-12 Alliance, COE, and CDE - August 2013