Mathematics for Teaching

Pedagogical Content Courses

The UCLA Math Department offers a sequence of courses which help students develop a professional understanding of K-12 mathematics content, investigate current issues and research in the teaching of mathematics, and observe and participate in K-12 mathematics classrooms.

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Math for Teaching Major

The Mathematics for Teaching major is designed for students planning to teach mathematics at a secondary school. The major is not weak, purposefully including the coursework preparatory for graduate school in mathematics. It provides broad exposure to mathematical knowledge for teaching, an introduction to an array of professional issues in mathematics teaching and a substantial foundation for potential teacher leaders. See the specifics here. Completing the major fulfills the requirements for the Subject Matter Waiver listed below.

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Math for Teaching Minor

The Mathematics for Teaching minor is designed for students majoring in fields other than mathematics who plan to teach secondary mathematics after graduation.

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Subject Matter Preparation Program

Candidates for a CA Single Subject Credential in Mathematics must demonstrate “subject matter competence” by achieving a passing score on California’s three-part Subject Examination for Teachers in Mathematics (CSET) or by completing a CA-approved Subject Matter Preparation Program.

The UCLA Math Department has a CA-approved Subject Matter Preparation Program in Mathematics. Upon completion of this program, students request a letter of completion from the UCLA Mathematics Department which verifies their “Subject Matter Competence.” Note: Completing the Math for Teaching Major fulfills the requirements of the Subject Matter Preparation Program.

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