Secondary Math Education (MIC)


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 31-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 following pre-requisites 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, which requires letters of recommendation; an interview by the appropriate program faculty; GPAs of at least 2.75 overall as well as in major, minor, and support areas; demonstrated basic skills (GRE, PRAXIS Core Skills Test), and a statement of moral/ethical background.
  • Admission to the Graduate School, which requires a minimum of 2.75 undergraduate GPA and 3.0 GPA in any graduate work along with standardized test scores.
  • Applicants are also encouraged to have substantial experience with 14-18-year-old adolescents as well as community and cross-cultural experience.

Students may submit applications from August through May with plans to begin the program the following academic year.

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photo of Dr. Lisa AmickDr. Lisa Amick
Clinical Assistant Professor
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education
105D Taylor Education Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0017
phone: 859 257-1979