CSET Subject Matter Waiver Program

Subject Matter Program- Mathematics CSET Waiver

The Subject Matter Program (SMP) is for students who are interested in becoming Math teachers at the Junior High or High School level. Students have the opportunity to receive a waiver for the CSET (one of the tests needed to become a credentialed teacher in the state of California). By completing the entire Mathematics Education Curriculum and three additional courses a student can receive the official CSET waiver.

Students who are not yet finished with the SMP courses but have three or fewer courses remaining may request an 80% complete certification. Often the 80% completion certification is used by students who are in the process of applying to Master's of Education and/or Credential programs in their final year at UCSC. 

To request either an 80% or full 100% completion certification please fill out the google form in the link below.

Mathematics SMP Waiver Request Form


The requirements (or equivalents taken at another university) for the CSET waiver are as follows:

Introductory Math Education Concentration Coursework
  • Math 19A or Math 20A
  • Math 19B or Math 20B
  • Math 21
  • Math 23A
  • Math 23B
  • STAT 5

Advanced Math Education Concentration Coursework

  • Math 100
  • Math 103A or Math 105A
  • Math 110
  • Math 111A or Math 111T
  • Math 128A
  • Math 181
  • Math 194 or Math 195
  • STAT 131
  • Both Ed 50B and Ed 100B or alone Math 188 

Additional Courses Specific to the SMP in addition to the Math Ed Curriculum:

  • Ed 185B
  • 1 Extra Math course
    • Math 24 or Math 101 or Math 115 or CSE 16
  • 1 Coding Course
    • CSE 5J or CSE 10/L or CSE 20