Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification in
Mathematics for Secondary Education
Any student with a Bachelor's Degree with at least a 2.70 GPA is eligible to apply for the Certification Program in Secondary Mathematics. Steps that need to be taken:
Apply to the Graduate School and check off Certification Program, Secondary Mathematics. Applications are available in Graduate Studies
Your transcripts will be reviewed in the Department of Mathematical Sciences to determine if additional undergraduate mathematics courses must be taken (please see required list "A" of courses below).
Your transcripts will be reviewed in the School of Education to determine if additional general education courses must be taken (please see required list "B" of courses below.).
You will be sent a letter that informs you whether or not you have been accepted into the Graduate School.
If you have been accepted, you will be assigned an advisor. It is strongly recommended that you immediately contact your advisor to establish a final program that will result in your certification. In this program a number of required courses can be taken at the undergraduate level or the graduate level. If you plan to earn a Master's Degree at CCSU, it is in your best interest to take as many of these as possible at the graduate level. Your advisor can help you choose the appropriate classes as you progress through the program.
You and your advisor will determine when you apply to the Professional Program, but generally this occurs once the majority of your mathematics and general education courses are completed. In order to do so, you must open a TaskStream account. Directions for this as well as the application can be found on the School of Education and Professional Studies website.
Students may now meet the state requirement for basic skills testing in a number of ways. Please see here.
Once accepted into the Professional Program, most students complete the remaining required coursework in three semesters.
For more information, please contact Dr. Robin Kalder.
Professional Program for 7-12 Mathematics Certification
(Courses marked with § may also be counted towards the MS in Mathematics)
Principles of Learning Sec/K12
§ EPS 5XX
Educational Policy Studies
§ SPED 501
Education of the Exceptional Learner
§ LLA 505
Developmental Reading in the Secondary Schools
Teaching Mathematics in Middle School
Following 2 must be taken together
Teaching Mathematics in High School
Principles of Secondary Education
Following 2 must be taken together
Secondary Education Student Teaching
Student Teaching Seminar
Mathematics Methods Courses
Curriculum & Technology in Secondary Mathematics I (focus on Algebra)
§ MATH 543
Secondary School Algebra with Technology from an Advanced Viewpoint
Curriculum & Technology in Secondary Mathematics II (focus on Geometry)
§ MATH 544
Secondary School Geometry with Technology from an Advanced Viewpoint
*The Praxis II Exam, #5161: Mathematics: Content Knowledge, is also required for certification. Information about both the Praxis I and Praxis II exams is available at: www.ets.org/praxis
Undergraduate Mathematics Requirements* (30 credit minimum)
Introduction to Abstract Algebra
§ MATH 525
Introduction to Real Analysis
Statistics for Secondary Teachers
* Equivalent courses can be counted in lieu of any of the courses on the list with permission of the department chairperson.
Undergraduate General Education Requirements- 39 Credits distributed over 5 out of 6 different study areas: a) English b) Natural Sciences c) Mathematics d) Social Studies (including American History and Life Span Psychology) e) World Language f) Fine Arts