The curriculum for the graduate major in Mathematics with a concentration in Teacher Education provides a balance between theoretical and applied study, with the general objective of providing students with a substantial background in mathematics that affords opportunities to strengthen skills in logical thinking, problem analysis, problem-solving, and mathematics pedagogy for those interested in teaching Mathematics at the secondary level.
The Master of Science in Mathematics with a Concentration in Teacher Education is designed for individuals who seek an Illinois teaching license to teach secondary mathematics in grades 9 - 12. Completion of the sequence will allow candidates to apply for an Illinois teaching license endorsed for mathematics. The program is designed for those with a bachelor's degree in mathematics or a related field such as actuarial science, computer science, economics, engineering, finance, or physics.
Program completers would be considered "highly qualified" to teach mathematics at the secondary level as defined by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Program requirements include a strong knowledge base in mathematics and professional education coursework, including a student teaching internship that meets all of the requirements for secondary teachers set forth by the ISBE. Mathematics coursework includes abstract algebra, linear algebra, probability and statistics, number theory, geometry, mathematics technology, special topics, and the history of mathematics.
This program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and is intended to lead to the Initial Secondary License Type 09 qualifying students to teach mathematics in grades 9 - 12. To be recommended for an Illinois State Board of Education teaching license, the student must present evidence of having passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) and Mathematics 115 Subject-Matter Knowledge examinations of the Illinois Licensure Testing System, and earned a passing score on the teacher performance assessment known as the edTPA.
Students must meet other requirements for licensure through approved programs listed in the Licensure of Teachers and Other School Professionals section in the catalog.