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Upper Division Major: Science Focus (Catalog Year 2014 and Later,  Elementary Education Emphasis)


Students who choose the Science Focus will gain extra knowledge in earth, life and physical science.  These students will be able to obtain a multiple subjects credential to teach elementary school. The Science Focus also provides pathways to middle school science teaching. Because certified science teachers are in demand, a Science Focus may give new teachers a hiring advantage.

The courses required to complete the Science Focus are listed on the Science Focus advising sheet. Students in the Science Focus will also decide on an option from the following choices:

Additional  Science
Prepares students for teaching science in middle school. Several pathways exist.  See our Science Emphasis page for more information


Leads to a Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) certificate from SDSU’s Linguistics Department [additional course work beyond the option is required]. A TESL certificate can be beneficial to candidates who wish to teach English abroad, as well as any educator who works with students from linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

Bilingual Education
Prepares students for a bilingual authorization upon completion of their SDSU bilingual credential program

Special Education
Prepares students to enter a special education credential program at SDSU.

Performing Arts
Prepares students for performing arts endeavors in their teaching careers. 

Advising Sheet

Print a science focus advising sheet that lists the requirements of the Science Focus and Options.  Use it to guide your progress toward graduation.

Pursuing a Teaching Credential

Candidates for a credential program may need some additional courses to meet all of the prerequisites for their chosen credential program.  Students are encouraged to check with their future credential program for admissions requirements.  Students planning to attend SDSU’s credential program can obtain information from the College of Education’s website or by visiting their Student Services office in EBA 259.

All credential programs require the CBEST and CSET exams.  We recommend that students take the CBEST when they have completed the preparation for the major.  We recommend that students take the CSET in the middle of their senior year.

Return to the Steps in the Major

General Catalog 2015-2016


Liberal Studies with a Science Emphasis


Students with a strong interest in teaching science at the middle school level should consider switching to the science emphasis within the major. Visit our science emphasis page for more details.