Math Education Program


Selection Criteria
The limit of Mathematics major students allowed entry into the Professional Education Program is 15 majors per year (minors are not included in this count). The Mathematics Education faculty will consider the final selection based upon the following criteria:
  1. Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for admission to the Professional Education Program as set by the School of Education.
  2. Applicants must complete the following courses in the major:
    1. Secondary mathematics education applicants must have completed either Math 220 or Math 222.
  3. Applicants must score "satisfactory" on the essay component described below.
  4. Applicants must have a major GPA > 2.75.
  5. Applicants will be ranked according to their GPA sum: the sum of the overall GPA (including transfer credits) and the major GPA (including transfer credits) divided by two.
    1. Fall applications: up to 10 applicants will be selected according to their GPA sum. During the fall application, only those applicants with a GPA sum > 3.00 will be considered.
    2. Spring applications: Applicants will be selected according to their GPA sum.
  6. In the event that step 5b does not fill all 15 positions available for the year, applicants with a major GPA less than 2.75 may be considered.
  7. Applicants denied admission may appeal through the School of Education.
  8. Applicants denied admission to the Professional Education Program will be allowed to make one more application (a total of two applications).
  9. CIS is no longer a certifiable major or minor.

Deadline
School of Education deadlines: September 22 and February 22 of each year. Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for admission to the Professional Education Program as set by the School of Education.

Essay Component
Bring your essay directly to the Mathematics and Computing Information Systems Department (Science Building, B246). The essay is due on or before the deadline for applying for admission to the Professional Education Program.

Respond to the following question:

Why do you want to be a mathematics teacher?

The paper must be typed (word-processed preferred), double spaced, standard margins, standard type size, and NO MORE than two pages long. Do not do any research or reading for this essay. Express your ideas in complete sentences with appropriate transitional phrases and punctuation. In this technological world, the use of an electronic spell checker is prudent. Be sure to proof what you write and, as with any writing, it is a good practice to let someone else critique your work before you turn it in.