Future Physics Teacher Information
Thanks for considering a career in physics teaching. This is a quick overview of things you need to know.
Use the "details" links when you need more complete information.
Credential Program Preparation (details)
To become a teacher in California you must earn a teaching credential.
This section describes how to prepare for the credential program at CSU Chico.
- Earn a Bachelor's Degree - any degree will do, even one outside physics!
- Basic Skills Requirement
There are many free alternatives and waivers listed here.
If none of the alternatives apply, take and pass the CBEST
- Earn Subject Matter Competency - this can be done any one of three different ways.
- Complete the approved physics program, the BS Physics - Option in General Physics.
- Pass the CSET exams 215 and 220 - (information
When you pass, the Center for Math and Science Education will reimburse you for the fees.
- Approval of the Subject Matter Advisor - Convince us that you have completed
equivalent of the BS Physics - Option in General Physics.
- Complete the Credential Program Prerequisites/Co-requisites (details)
The pre-req's must be completed before you can enter the program.
The co-req's can be completed prior to or during the program.
If you are majoring in the General Physics Option, we can count these UD courses in
||Speech Communication Fundamentals
||American Government: National, State, Local
||Perspectives in K-12 Teaching (45-hour requirement)
PHYS 489T is a recognized substitute for this course.
||Access and Equity in Education
||Fundamentals of Teaching Practice
||Teaching Special Populations
||Health Education for Secondary School Teachers
||Second Language Acquisition
your breadth requirements. All of these except EDTE 530 can be taken
- Apply to the Credential Program (details)
To start in the fall, the deadline is Mar 1. To start in the spring, the deadline is Oct 1.
Contact the School of Education as early as possible.
Scholarships - (details)
- Paul Hewitt Scholarship - $2000 per year
- MSTI Scholarships - up to about $4,000 per year
- Noyce Scholarships - over $12,000 per year