Subject Matter Preparation Program in Mathematics

CSET Waiver for California Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) requires that all secondary mathematics teachers in the state demonstrate the content knowledge necessary to effectively teach mathematics to students in grades 7-12. The UCSB Department of Mathematics offers a CTC-approved Subject Matter Preparation Program in Mathematics in an effort to provide undergraduates seeking admission to credential programs the mathematics expertise they require.

In order to earn a California Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential in Mathematics applicants must demonstrate subject matter competency by one of the following methods:

  • Achieve a passing score on the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) in Mathematics, or
  • Complete a CTC-approved Subject Matter Preparation Program (SMPP) in Mathematics.

Undergraduates who complete the SMPP are not required to pass the CSET to earn the Preliminary Teaching Credential in Mathematics.  There are two versions of the SMPP in the UCSB Department of Mathematics. The SMPP in Mathematics allows students to waive all three subtests of the CSET: I (211), II (212) and III (213).  The SMPP in Foundational-Level Mathematics allows students to waive CSET subtests I (211) and II (212) only.

The following 14 courses are required for both the Mathematics and the Foundational-Level Mathematics SMPP:

  • Math 3A/B
  • Math 4A/B
  • Math 8
  • Math 101A/B
  • Math 102A/B
  • PStat 120A/B
  • Ed 130
  • Ed 134/135 or Math 181A/B

The following 4 additional courses are required for the SMPP in Mathematics:

  • CmpSc 8 or CmpSc 16 or Engr 3
  • Phys 1 or Phys 6A or Phys 21
  • Math 182
  • One upper-division mathematics elective

The SMPP Completion Form can be found here: SMPP Completion Form

For more information, please contact Christopher Ograin, SMPP Coordinator ograin@ucsb.edu, or Danielle Nagy, Undergraduate Advisor dnagy@math.ucsb.edu