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School of Natural Sciences

Credential Programs

Credential Programs offered under the CalTeach Program

NSEC minor (joint credential program with UC Berkeley)

Students in STEM (Biology, Applied Mathematics, Engineering, etc) are able to complete both their Bachelor's degree from UC Merced and a single-subject teaching credential in science or math from UC Berkeley. Click here for more information or email!

NSED minor

Students in ANY minor are able to complete their Bachelor's degree from UC Merced and go straight into a credential program after graduation. We have two partnerships but the minor will allow students to get into most credential programs. 

UC Merced Extension Teacher Preparation Program

Working as a cohort, you can obtain a credential in one year through full-time study combined with fieldwork. UC Merced Extension Teaching Preparation offers both Multiple and Single Subject credential tracks. 

Complete the NSED minor as an undergrad at UC Merced and save up to $5,400 off your tuition!

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Central Valley Teacher Preparation Partnership- Fresno Pacific University

UC Merced undergraduate students can have a reduced time to complete their single or multiple subject teaching credential if they complete the NSED minor. Candidates can then complete an additional 12 units of post-credential coursework to earn the M.A. in Teaching.

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Other Teaching Credential Programs

There are other teaching credential programs available that include online, private and public options. Many of the courses under the NSED minor apply towards those credential programs.

If you need assistance in looking through other teaching credential options, feel free to come by the CalTeach office (located in SE1, room 270) or email us at