Mathematics

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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 will soon be required to take algebra. In order to offer all 8th graders Algebra I, the state might need 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 Initiative new browser window icon, the California State University's Math and Science Teacher Initiative new browser window icon (MSTI), and the University of California's California Teach new browser window icon.

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The Assumption Program of Loans in Education (APLE) new browser window icon, the TEACH new browser window icon 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 Credential new browser window icon or a Single Subject Mathematics Credential new browser window icon, while fully credentialed teachers can add a Supplementary or Subject Matter Authorization new browser window icon 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 Mathematics new browser window icon provides interactive, standards-based examples demonstrating math concepts for pre-K – 12th grade.

National Science Foundation’s new browser window icon classroom resource page includes links to math-based games and other teaching resources.

Math for America new browser window icon links to puzzles, games, and other mathematical challenges.

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