Full course description

Course Date:

Starts April 3, 2017




5 hrs/week


Previous Algebra course

Course Type:





These CSET preparation resources were created thanks to a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. This course covers Algebra and Number Theory and employs a methodology of self-diagnosis to speed a prospective test-takers' preparation for the exam. The components of each topic area include diagnostic questions, guided examples or questions with extensive feedback, and content refreshers.


  • The prospective teacher will be able to quickly identify areas of potential weakness before taking the CSET Mathematics Subtest I exam.
  • In areas of weakness, a prospective teacher will use provided practice problems, guided examples and content refreshers to allow for quicker recall of previously learned topics in mathematics.
  • A prospective teacher will be able to assess whether further formal coursework is needed before attempting the exam.

Prerequisites: Prospective teachers of mathematics should have prior coursework in algebra, even if a long time ago.

Target Audience: Prospective secondary teachers of math and science, both experienced teachers adding a teaching credential and new teachers required to pass the CSET.

Course is offered by University of California, Irvine Extension.

Course Instructors

Larry Cooperman

Larry Cooperman

Associate Dean for Open Education

Larry Cooperman has led the effort to create open educational resources for prospective secondary teachers of math and science, particularly to serve California, but also for national and international use and reuse.

Stefano Stefan

Stefano Stefan

Director of Open Education Projects

Stefano Stefan is the Director of Open Education Projects at the Division of Continuing Education at the University of California, Irvine. He has a B.S. in Physics, an M.S. in Engineering and a Ph.D. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine.