Mathematics for Teaching Minor

Department of Mathematics

About the Minor

The Teaching Secondary Mathematics minor is designed for students majoring in fields other than mathematics who plan to teach secondary mathematics after graduation. The minor provides recognition for completion of requisite coursework for the Joint Mathematics Education Program and also prepares students for the contents on the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). Post-bachelor credentialing programs will see that students with this minor have taken coursework on secondary mathematics from an advanced standpoint that is recommended by the Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences and the California State Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This minor is not open to students in any Mathematics Department major.

Required Upper Division Courses (29 units): Mathematics 105A, 105B, 105C, 110A or 117, 115A, 120A or 123, 131A.

It is strongly recommended that students take Mathematics 115A as their first upper division course for the minor.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade with a grade of C– or better in each, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.

Requirements

Teaching Secondary Mathematics in the General Catalog
Teaching Secondary Mathematics website

Contact Information

Teaching Secondary Mathematics
(310) 825-470
6363 Math Sciences
Box 951555

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