Math for LA is a UCLA Mathematics Department program administered by the Curtis Center which supports undergraduates interested in K-12 mathematics curriculum, instruction, assessment and leadership careers.
In particular, Math for LA provides UCLA undergrads with:
- math for teaching courses
- a Math for Teaching major
- a Math for Teaching minor
- a subject mater competency program
- research experiences
- advising, and
- two CA teaching credential pathways in collaboration with the UCLA Teacher Education Program
Resources and Support
Learn about the pedagogy content courses and our Math for Teaching (MfT) capstone Major/Minor.
Learn about our pathways and how to earn a CA Single Subject Teaching Credential.
Learn about the coursework you can complete during undergrad to earn a CA Teaching Credential.
Do I need to apply to be a Math for LA member? How do I join?
Students do not need to apply to become a member of Math for LA. You are a Math for LA student if you meet at least one of the following requirements:
- Have completed at least one pedagogical math course offered through the mathematics department: Math 73XP, Math 74XP, Math 75XP, Math 105A, Math 105B or Math 105C
- Are a Math for Teaching Major or Minor
- Are in one of our credential pathways that are offered jointly with the Graduate School of Education: Joint Math Education Pathway and the Integrated Pathway
- Are satisfying the Subject Matter Competence credential requirement via the Subject Matter Preparation Program
I would like to teach right after I graduate with my bachelors. Can I receive teacher trainings and earn a teaching credential as an undergraduate?
Math for LA offers two pathways – jointly created by the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and the Mathematics Department – each leading to a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics.
- In the Integrated pathway, students complete courses in education and mathematics during their junior and senior years to earn a California teaching credential upon graduation.
- In the Joint Math Education Pathway (JMEP), students complete courses in education and mathematics during their senior year. They complete additional education courses the following summer to earn a California teaching credential. Over the following academic year, they complete graduate courses to earn a master’s degree in Education.
In these pathways, you learn about pedagogy and develop the essential skills every teacher needs for their career. You not only learn how to create you own lessons, but you also learn about educational research and theory that will help you cater your lessons to meet the needs of your students. You will also complete teacher observations in nearby public schools and have the opportunity to teach your own lessons to students. By the end of these pathways, you will have developed a teacher toolkit and be ready to teach your own classroom as a full time K-12 math educator.
For more information, contact the Curtis Center in 5602 Mathematical Sciences Building; or the Mathematics Student Services Office in 6356 Mathematical Sciences Building.