Those students preparing to teach mathematics must complete an undergraduate major in Mathematics that includes a minimum of 38 semester hours. Subject area coursework must include the following: Geometry, Introduction to Number Theory, Statistics, Calculus I & II, Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Abstract Algebra, Foundations of Math, Differential Equations and Operations Research-Deterministic Models.
The M.A.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics Education program includes educational foundations course work, methods and curriculum courses relevant to their teaching specialty, clinical and student teaching experiences. Teaching endorsement in Virginia will include grades 6-12.
The Secondary Mathematics Education program leads to initial certification and is open to, and only to, people who are not already certified.
This program is supported by having full-time students completing the program according to a set three semester course sequence. Students will begin their coursework in the summer, and complete it by the following May.
Students also have important field experiences prior to their student teaching semester. Because these students will be placed in the same school for fall and spring semester, they will better prepared for their ten week student teaching experience. The seminar that accompanies student teaching will also allow more group discussion and university instructor feedback about their teaching experiences.
Students looking for financial aid options, should check out the School of Education awards, scholarships, and assistantship opportunities. Prospective Math and Science teachers should also consider becoming a Noyce Scholar.
Algebra I Add-on Endorsement
Students in mathematics education may add an Algebra I endorsement to their teaching license by completing the program outlined for Algebra I Add-On Endorsement.
Mathematics Subject Matter Coordinator
[[mmmaso, Dr. Margie Mason]]