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2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teacher Certification in Grades 6-12


A graduate student or a student-at-large may pursue teacher certification in mathematics for grades 6-12. Completing the teacher certification requirements and pursuing a graduate degree may be done simultaneously but are independent. Teacher certification candidates must complete requirements which include courses within the Department of Mathematical Sciences and courses outside the department. Obtaining a teaching endorsement in a second teaching area is desirable to enhance placement opportunities.

Requirements for certification are in three areas: mathematics, professional education, and general education. Forty semester hours of mathematics, beginning with MATH 229 (Calculus I), are required. Professional education requirements total 22 semester hours and can be taken either on the graduate or undergraduate level. General education requirements are usually fulfilled at the undergraduate level. Specific mathematics requirements are listed in the departmental section of the Undergraduate Catalog. Also see the section “Teacher Certification Information” in this catalog as well as “Secondary Teacher Certification” in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section of this catalog. Graduate-level professional education courses are listed in the departmental advising document. All students who decide to pursue certification should consult a teacher certification adviser in the Department of Mathematical Sciences as soon as possible. Students completing the certification program in mathematics will automatically meet the requirements for the middle school endorsement in mathematics.