Mathematics Department

Secondary School Mathematics Teacher

Single Subject Program

There is a tremendous shortage of qualified mathematics teachers in our high schools. What are some characteristics of good mathematics teachers? They are knowledgeable in their subject matter, approachable and friendly, can relate material to real-life situations, use various teaching styles, motivate students, and are enthusiastic about the subject. Are you considering a teaching career in a secondary school in California? You will need to obtain a Single Subject Teaching Credential, by following these steps:

  1. Either complete a state approved Mathematics Single Subject Matter Program (see CLU's program here) to show subject matter competence or pass the CSET (contact School of Education for testing dates).
  2. Pass the CBEST, which you should take in your junior year (contact School of Education for testing dates).
  3. Make an advising appointment with Sara Hartley (805-493-3889) for admission into the Credential program. This should be done the semester prior to graduation or before.
  4. You will need a GPA of 2.7 to enter the Credential program or a GPA of 3.0 to enter the Master of Education program. You will also need three letters of recommendation.

For more information on the Single Subject program contact Dr. Karrolyne Fogel 805-493-3294 or stop by F-9.

Math for America Fellowship

If you are planning on teaching somewhere in the Los Angeles area, take a look at the Math for America Fellowship. MfA Fellows are mathematically sophisticated individuals who want to use their talents to make a difference in the lives of young people. Fellows commit to a five-year program that includes one year of full-time graduate study and four years of teaching in a public secondary school.

As a MfA Fellow, you will:

  • Receive a full tuition scholarship to obtain a Master's degree in Education and California Teaching Certification at Claremont Graduate university or University of Southern California
  • Achieve a position as a secondary school math teacher in the greater Los Angeles area
  • Receive a stipend of up to $100,000 over five years in addition to your district teaching salary

In addition, you will:

  • Develop your classroom skills through MfA's mentoring, coaching, and support services
  • Build a career through professional development activities
  • Become a member of a community of outstanding math teachers

Fellowship opportunities are now also available in New York City and San Diego. The deadline for submitting applications is February 1.

Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship

Following the success of the Science Teaching Fellowship Program, KSTF began a Mathematics Teaching Fellowship Program in 2005 with seven Mathematics Teaching Fellows. Like the Science Teaching Fellows, the Mathematics Teaching Fellows meet three times per year, in the spring, summer and fall, and communicate regularly via an electronic bulletin board system. Additionally, they participate in various summer professional development activities and attend meetings of professional associations such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Check out the website here.