This fact sheet gives recommended upper level courses that will be particularly useful to students interested in mathematics education.
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
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.
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.