This course was developed with support from the Boeing Corporation to address the problem faced by prospective California teachers: a large percentage fail the first time they attempt it. The solution we designed was to enable someone studying for the exam to pinpoint their areas of weakness and focus on those, while quickly skimming topics they already know. The CSET Science Subtest I covers Ecology, Genetics and Evolution, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Cell and Organismal Biology, Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics, and Structure and Properties of Matter. It is licensed CC-BY 3.0. Educators are also welcome to reuse quizzes, explanations, and even the whole course as they like.
- The prospective teacher will be able to quickly identify areas of potential weakness before taking the CSET Science Subtest II 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 science.
- A prospective teacher will be able to assess whether further formal coursework is needed before attempting the exam.
Prerequisites: You should already have taken coursework in physics, chemistry and biology, even if you need to review and re-learn.
Target Audience: This course is to for a prospective teacher of secondary science to help them study efficiently for the CSET Science Subtest I or other comparable teacher preparation exam. Study what you don't know or aren't sure of, not what you already know.
Course is offered by University of California, Irvine Extension.