Next Generation Science Standards
Updated March 12, 2015
There have been many questions and concerns
expressed regarding teacher credentialing and authorzations
for teachers who already hold a credential. CSTA has received
the following documents and resoures from the Commission on
Teacher Credentialing (CTC) which will answer many of the
questions regarding credentialing:
Science Content Area Authorizations for Middle School Integrated
Commission on Teacher Credentialing
- Prior to 1997, only two science content area authorizations
were issued (Life Science and Physical Science). Individuals
holding one of these previous science content areas are
authorized to teach integrated science through grade 8.
- Since 1997, teachers earning one of the four full science
authorizations (referenced with an “*” in Table
1) in a specific discipline also verified subject matter
knowledge in integrated science content and earned an authorization
to teach that content through grade 12.
- In 2003, teachers had the option of earning either a
full science authorization in a specific science discipline
or a Specialized science authorization in the same disciplines.
Individuals electing to earn a Specialized science authorization
did not verify subject matter knowledge in integrated science
content and so are not authorized unless another appropriate
authorization is also held. As noted in Table
1, the content area authorization will have the word
(Specialized) noted on their credential.
- Specialized Science authorizations will be discontinued
as an option for future science teachers. Transition dates
and options for teachers to earn an additional authorization
for integrated science are provided in the Commission’s
Coded Correspondence #14-09: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/notices/coded/2014/1409.pdf.
- An employer may assign the holder of a Specialized Science
authorization to an integrated science class based on a
General Education Limited Assignment Permit (GELAP) for
up to three years while they complete any necessary requirements
to earn an additional authorization as provided in the following
Commission credential leaflet: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl828.pdf.
- Holders of Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials
may serve in any subject area (including integrated science)
in grades five through eight as long as they are serving
in a ‘core setting’ with two or more subjects being taught
to the same group of students each day. To teach departmentalized
science (integrated or discipline specific) outside of the
core setting, a supplementary or subject matter authorization
in (Introductory) Science or a Single Subject Teaching Credential
with a Foundational-Level Science content area authorization
must also be held.