Sonoma State University
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Teaching Credential Preparation
from the 1996-98 catalog
Disclaimer: This is not the official catalog.

At present there are two ways in which physics majors may work toward a secondary teaching credential. The physics and astronomy department continues to participate in the physical science option in the teacher preparation program in science. However, this option is available only to those students who have taken at least one course from the approved Physical Science Waiver Program at Sonoma State University prior to January 1995. Those students, who complete the course requirements of the Physical Science Waiver Program, are exempt from taking the subject matter examinations required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Individuals in this option must complete the physical science teacher preparation by January 1998.

Physics students who did not take a course from the approved Physical Science Waiver Program prior to January 1995 must demonstrate competence in the natural sciences by passing the subject matter examination required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. One part of the examination will test breadth of knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and geology. Another part of the examination will test depth of knowledge in a particular areas, such as physics. A bachelor of arts degree in physics is recommended to prepare for the part of the examination that tests depth of knowledhge in physics. For recommended course selection to help prepare for the part of the examination that tests breadth of scientific knowledge, please see page 269 of the 1996-98 catalog.

For more information, please contact Joseph Tenn, Darwin Hall 144, 707-664-2594, joe.tenn@sonoma.edu or Douglas Martin, Darwin Hall 311D, 707-664-2833,doug.martin@sonoma.edu.
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Courses and Degrees Department of Physics and Astronomy
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