Education

Education
This fact sheet gives recommended upper level courses that will be particularly useful to students interested in mathematics education.
The Mathematics Major - Mathematics Education Concentration
Lower Division Courses
MS 201 - Calculus 1 MS 245 - Linear Algebra
MS 202 - Calculus 2 MS 255 - Logic and Proofs
MS 203 - Calculus 3 Any CS course at the 100 level
Upper Division Courses Any six at the 300 or 400 level
Capstone MS 497-498 - Senior Research
High School Teaching
Required For Certification
Science/Math combined course Any geometry course
Any probability or statistics course PS 201 - University Physics
39 hours in Education
Strongly Recommended Courses
MS 335 - Geometry MS 371 - Probability
Other Recommended Courses
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology
College Teaching
Strongly Recommended Courses
MS 301 - Real Analysis I MS 305 - Abstract Algebra I
Research in Mathematics Education
Strongly Recommended Courses
MS 371 - Probability MS 372 - Statistics
PY 101 - Introduction to Psychology PY 305 - Cognitive Psychology
DS 460 - Exp. Design and Data Analysis
Other Recommended Courses
DS 280 - Introduction to Statistics DS 350 - Quant. Meth. for Business Decisions

High School Teaching

If you want to teach mathematics, the first thing to do is to learn as much mathematics as possible. A good teacher knows a lot more about the subject than is in the lesson plan. Making connections to other fields helps students to understand the material, and knowing how today's lesson will be used later can motivate them. In Florida, high school math teachers must have a state teaching certificate and at least 30 hours of course work in mathematics. You can achieve both at Stetson through a combined program of study in the Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science and Teacher Education. It is important to start your math sciences major in your first semester at Stetson, and to begin your education courses as soon as possible. If you plan to teach math in Florida, the Critical Shortage Teachers Program can help with tuition and loan forgiveness. Other information about Florida education can be found at FIRN, the Florida Information Resources Network

College Teaching

Teaching in a college or university entails additional responsibilities for service and/or scholarship. You must have an advanced degree: a master's for community college teaching, and a doctorate for four-year college or university. Normally, graduate students in mathematics do not pay tuition, and most receive a stipend in return for teaching one or two courses per term. See our fact sheet on Graduate School for more information.

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Research in Mathematics Education

Research in mathematics education concerns the psychology of how mathematics is learned, and can lead to changes in how mathematics is taught. A doctoral degree is required. See our fact sheet on Graduate School for more information.

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Recent Graduates

  • Lara Spencer, 1998, Gulf Coast High School
  • Will Simpson, 2000, Deltona High School
  • Amanda Miller, 2000, Tavares High School

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