Master's with Initial Certification
Secondary Math Education
The Master's with Initial Certification - Secondary Mathematics program is intended to pave the way for entry into the profession of teaching by providing thoughtful experience in the high school setting, instruction in purposeful teaching practices, and advanced study in mathematics pertinent to teaching in the secondary school. This program strives to help the student integrate the perspectives of the professional mathematician with the professional classroom teacher through experience with, and reflection on, best practices.
With this one calendar-year 33-credit program, it is our intention to help students develop strong content knowledge in mathematics; the ability to lead a classroom of students; the ability to make meaningful connections, both within mathematics, to other subject areas, and to the world outside of school; and to be prepared to meet the standards by which beginning teachers are assessed.
Success in the program, and in teachers' careers, is derived from developing a deep understanding of purposeful pedagogy, mathematics knowledge-for-teaching, and a clear sense of what feeds the individual's passion for becoming a teacher.
We invite you to find out more about what we can do for you in our program and, more importantly, what you might be able to do for high school students because of our program. For more information, visit us in person. We look forward to meeting you!
The faculty member responsible for the MIC Math program is Dr. Margaret Mohr-Schroeder
The following prerequisites are needed for general admission into the MIC program.
- An undergraduate degree that includes a major in mathematics or mathematics education and other coursework sufficient for certification in secondary mathematics education. Although each teaching specialty has its own unique requirements, students typically have 48 to 66 credit hours in their academic teaching specialties.
- Qualification for admission to a UK College of Education teacher certification program requires letters of recommendation, an interview by the appropriate program faculty, GPAs of at least 2.5 overall, in major, minor, and support areas, demonstrated basic skills (GRE, PRAXIS I, SAT, or ACTE), and a statement of moral/ethical background. MIC applications are available from the teaching specialty academic advisors.
- Admission to the Graduate School, which requires a minimum of 2.75 undergraduate GPA, 3.0 GPA in any graduate work, and standardized test scores. Graduate School and departmental applications.
- 100 hours of documented experience with 14-18 year old adolescents as well as commmunity and cross-cultural experience.
- Students should apply to the program by February 1 to study the following academic year, but should talk to an advisor earlier.
For additional information contact:
Dr. Mary Shake
Director of Graduate Studies
Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction
345 Dickey Hall
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0017