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Watch video excerpts, which demonstrate fun, hands-on ways to teach mathematics.

Is there a need for mathematics teachers?

Mathematics is one of the highest need subject areas in California, and the demand for mathematics teachers has increased because eighth graders are required to take algebra. In order to offer all eighth graders Algebra I, the state needs as many as 1,900 additional middle school algebra teachers (The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning, 2008).

What assistance is available to future mathematics teachers?

California's universities and colleges have created academic and financial support programs in order to attract and train future mathematics teachers, including the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Math and Science Teacher InitiativeIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site, the California State University's Math and Science Teacher InitiativeIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site (MSTI), and the University of California's California TeachIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site.

Information on the Assumption Program of Loans in Education (APLE)Icon indicating a URL to an external Web site, the TEACHIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site grant, and other financial aid programs are also available.

What do I need to do to teach?

In order to teach mathematics, individuals need to obtain a Foundational-Level Mathematics CredentialIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site or a Single Subject Mathematics CredentialIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site, while fully credentialed teachers can add a Supplementary or Subject Matter AuthorizationIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site to their basic teaching credential. A checklist of all the requirements can be found in the “Understand the Requirements” section.

Cool Resources

National Council of Teachers of MathematicsIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site provides interactive, standards-based examples demonstrating math concepts for pre-K – 12th grade.

National Science Foundation'sIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site classroom resource page includes links to math-based games and other teaching resources.

Math for AmericaIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site links to puzzles, games, and other mathematical challenges.

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