Become a Mathematics Teacher
B.A. or B.S. in Mathematics
Students earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mathematics from the College of Science. The Education Option is one of the options available for a major in mathematics. Students pursuing the Education Option take courses, beyond the General Education requirements, in two areas: (1) Mathematics and (2) Teaching and Learning Mathematics.
Preparation in Mathematics Teaching
Mathematics majors in the Secondary Mathematics Education Program receive exceptional preparation and become certified by the Arizona Department of Education and are eligible for certification in other state departments of education. Our program is in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Science. We prepare students as mathematics majors and as teachers who join the mathematics teaching profession.
Students who complete the program become eligible to become certified in secondary mathematics teaching (grades 6-12) in Arizona and other states.
The courses in mathematics and mathematics teaching and learning engage in inquiry based learning. The faculty in the Department of Mathematics provide opportunities for students to experience and reflect on the benefits of participating as active learners in constructing their own knowledge in mathematics and mathematics education. In addition, we provide future teachers with hands-on experiences in partner schools in the community in the Tucson area and beyond. We partner with the Center for Recruitment and Retention to stay connected with our graduates.
Excellence in Education
Our program is aligned with the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Professional Teaching Standards. The areas that the Professional Standards address are (1) Content Knowledge, (2) Professional Responsibility, (3) Learner and Learning; and (4) Instructional Practice.