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While fulfilling the preliminary credential requirements prospective mathematics teachers will need to demonstrate knowledge of the what (the content) and the how (the methods) of teaching in this subject area. Read about the elementary teaching requirements if you wish to teach mathematics along with other subjects typically at the K-8 grade levels.
Demonstrate knowledge of what to teach, otherwise known as subject-matter competency, in one of two ways:
Complete an approved subject matter program and obtain verification of completion from the university.
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Achieve a passing score on the required California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) for the desired credential:
CSET: Foundational-Level Mathematics (two-part test)
For applicants who intend to teach general math, algebra, geometry, consumer math, and probability and statistics, but not Advanced Placement courses.
CSET: Mathematics (three-part test)
For applicants who intend to teach all mathematics courses.
Demonstrate knowledge of how to teach by applying for a credential from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), the state agency that grants credentials:
Choose which preliminary mathematics credential desired based on subjects authorized to teach:
Foundational-Level Mathematics Credential holders may teach general math, algebra, geometry, consumer math, probability and statistics, and consumer math but not Advanced Placement courses at any grade level.
Single Subject Mathematics Credential holders may teach all mathematics courses at any grade level.