Secondary Mathematics Program Overview
The program in Mathematics Education offers courses and classroom experiences to prepare future secondary teachers to successfully teach mathematics to a wide variety of students. The graduates leave the university equipped with the most current and appropriate knowledge, skills and dispositions for students to learn mathematics at the middle and secondary school level. The Secondary Mathematics Education program is unique in its concentration on the mastery of content knowledge. Students take classes that concentrate on selected topics in abstract algebra, geometry, trigonometry, functions, vectors, calculus, discrete math and linear algebra. This theoretical course work in classical mathematics enables teacher candidates to teach secondary students from a content-enriched perspective.
Secondary Mathematics Certification Prerequisites
- Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from an accredited institution, OR
- 30 undergraduate credits in Mathematics
Field Work and Resident Teaching
Each student must complete fieldwork and Resident Teaching experiences. Fieldwork occurs concurrent with enrollment in coursework and may take one of two forms: either a district-paid internship or a self-paid field experience in local schools. Both experiences award six semester hours of credit. Interns work at a school in a district selected by the Director of the Intern Program. Interns spend an entire school year following the schedule of the selected school district. Tuition for University of Bridgeport course work is fully paid resulting in a tuition free degree/certification experience in academically related course work. Alternatively, each traditional student may choose to complete fieldwork in a school of the student’s choice as an observer, assistant to a teacher, or assistant in other instructional related activity. As a culminating project, students (both intern and traditional) produce portfolios centering on the program objectives.
The Resident Teaching experience is a full 60 days of teaching in a school under the direction of a trained Cooperating Teacher. The arrangement for the placements are made through the School of Education and are also supervised by University staff.
- Nine credit hours in foundations: Special Education, and Human Growth, and Development
- Four Content Courses: Analysis for Teachers I, II; Numerical Analysis; Mathematical Modeling
- One credit in statutory state requirements
- Six credits in field experience
- A total of 33 credits for the Master’s Degree
- Final degree option (Praxis II or credit bearing project)
- Resident Teaching (six credit hours not counted toward the Master’s Degree)
Learn about the curriculum, course descriptions, and more in the UB Catalog.