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Two New Mathematics Teaching Options Now Available Through Baylor's Math Department

March 14, 2011

The Department of Mathematics has two new "concentrations" in their undergraduate program that were recently approved. Both programs are designed for students interested in mathematics education and certification to teach secondary mathematics; upon graduating, students will be certified to teach in Texas.

These new concentrations are intended mainly for students who, belatedly, decide to teach but do not have the time to pursue a BS in Education degree and still graduate on time. Over the years, the department has had several mathematics majors who have been unsure as to their specific career direction even up until the start of their junior year. These two new concentrations will allow these students to pursue a teaching career in mathematics and graduate in a timely fashion.

There is a critical shortage of qualified high school teachers of mathematics in Texas. These two new concentrations were developed to help close this gap. Both programs are strong and adequately prepares students for a career in teaching mathematics. Professor Baxter Johns, Undergraduate Director in the Department of Mathematics, says "It will be impossible for our state and country to continue to be leaders in education, science, engineering, and many other areas if our secondary school students are not challenged to gain an understanding of quantitative reasoning by teachers who understand such reasoning themselves. It is essential that we find ways to increase the number of Baylor graduates who are able to enter the secondary mathematics teaching field."

Students interested in these programs are encouraged to contact an advisor (Dr. Ray Cannon, Dr. Frank Mathis, Dr. Ron Morgan or Dr. Brian Raines) in the Department of Mathematics to discuss these programs in more depth.

The details of these concentrations are given below.

Requirements for a BA in Mathematics (Mathematics Education Concentration)

Thirty semester hours including the following:

A. MTH 1321, 1322, 2311, 2321, 3312, 3323, 3350, and STA 3381.

B. Six hours of "3000" or "4000" level mathematics courses, including at least three hours at the "4000" level.

C. A grade of "C"or better in thirty hours of mathematics courses used for the major.

Required Courses in other fields:

A. MTH 3340.

B. Language requirements must be fulfilled with modern foreign language.

C. Completion of the Minor in Mathematics Education (School of Education). See below for these requirements.

Requirements for a BS in Mathematics (Mathematics Education Concentration)

Thirty-three semester hours including the following:

A. MTH 1321, 1322, 2311, 2321, 3312, 3323, 3350, and STA 3381.

B. Nine hours of "3000" or "4000" level mathematics courses, including at least three hours at the "4000" level.

C. A grade of "C" or better in thirty-three hours of mathematics courses used for the major.

Required courses in other fields:

A. MTH 3340.

B. Language requirements must be fulfilled with modern foreign language.

C. Completion of the Minor in Mathematics Education (School of Education). See below for these requirements.

Minor in Mathematics Education

Completion of 30 semester hours.

TED 2340 Teaching in Secondary Schools

TED 3340 Teaching Associates Secondary: Part I

TED 3341 Teaching Associates Secondary: Part II

TED 3383 Secondary Math Practicum I

TED 3384 Secondary Math Practicum II

TED 4348 Secondary Math Curriculum

TED 4640 Internship Secondary: Part I

TED 4641 Internship Secondary: Part II

Requirements for admission and retention in the minor.

Students will declare the minor through the advising office of the School of Education (SOE). The SOE will advise for the courses in the minor but not for the math major.

Minimum grade point average for admission and retention:

A. Overall: 2.6

B. Math: 2.6

C. Teacher Education: 2.6

Other requirements for recommendation for certification include:

Acceptable scores on the Texas Examination of Educators Standards (TExES) for both the teaching area (Math) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities.