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A cohort model with small class sizes, an award-winning faculty, and extensive real-world teaching experience add up to prime preparation for teaching math at the middle and high school level.

Our mathematics education program combines studies in mathematics and the teaching of mathematics along with extensive field experiences to earn certification to teach in Georgia schools.

Highlights

  1. Provides in-school experiences each semester
  2. Cohort model helps students form personal and professional relationships
  3. Earn certification to teach math in grades 6-12

Curriculum

Continue your studies in the field of mathematics while exploring how to teach the subject. You will participate in field experiences to apply your coursework in the classroom.

You will deepen your own understanding of mathematics through upper-level content courses while studying how to teach mathematics concepts to middle and high school students through courses covering:

  • Mathematics curriculum in grades 6-12
  • Teaching methods
  • Using technology in teaching and learning

You will gain field experiences every semester. Begin by working with students one-on-one to gain experience in how students think and learn mathematics. You will progress to working with small groups of students to develop your abilities to support students' learning.

In your third semester, you will design and implement activities with a classroom of students and learn how to facilitate discussions to maximize learning. In your final semester, you will teach and manage multiple classrooms during your student-teaching experience.

Starting in your third year, you will take 60 hours related to your program, including:

  • 15 hours of upper-level mathematics
  • 9 hours of electives, including at least one math and one math education course
  • 21 hours during three semesters of courses in teaching math, including field experience
  • 15 hours of student teaching and a related seminar in the final semester

You progress through the program with fellow students as cohorts, developing relationships that support learning and growth through your studies and often beyond. Small class sizes give you ample opportunity for individual attention and mentoring by our award-winning faculty, who keep current in the field through research and work in our partner schools.

You will earn initial certification to teach mathematics in grades 6-12 in Georgia public schools.

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Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.

Admission Requirements

In typical cohort years, this program admits approximately 25 students each fall semester and is highly competitive. There may be more students who wish to enter than there are available seats in the program.

Prior to applying, you should consult with the Office of Undergraduate Advising. They can advise you on how to arrange your program of study prior to application, so you are well-positioned for enrollment if accepted.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

  • Overall minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Completion of Core Areas I-V
  • Completion of MATH 2250, MATH 2260, and MATH 3200, each with a grade of C or higher. MATH 3200 can be in progress.
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of tutoring pre-college students in a structured setting in mathematics (grades 6-12) with required documentation (see application materials)
  • Passing score on or exemption of the GACE Program Admissions Assessment
  • Completion of (1) Federal and Georgia Constitution and (2) U.S. and Georgia History University requirements by the end of the semester of application (Note: You may only take the exemption exams for these subjects a certain number of times. Please consult with the UGA Testing Center to ensure your timeline works.)

Course Prerequisites

  • MATH 3200

Special Requirements Upon Admission

  • Maintain overall GPA of 2.75 (required for student teaching)
  • Completion of all requirements set forth by UGA and the degree program
  • Completion of all classes in the program (mathematics, statistics, mathematics education, general education), each with a grade of C or higher
  • Conduct yourself professionally in all field placements
  • Grade of B or higher in SPED 4030 for certification
  • Teacher certification candidates must (1) earn a GaPSC Pre-Service Certificate prior to beginning field experience and (2) complete several assessments prior to certification

How to Apply

Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

Students must be accepted to UGA before entering into a College of Education program.

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Part 2: Apply to the Initial Certification Program in Mathematics Education

You are ready to apply to the mathematics education program when you have completed or are currently completing the minimum eligibility requirements above. If you are in the process of completing any required core course work, you may be provisionally accepted contingent upon satisfactory completion of the required courses while maintaining the required minimum 2.75 GPA for admission.

Application Deadline

Applications for the Spring 2022 cohort are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, September 30, 2021.

Application Materials

  1. MFE COE Major Application The application for the Spring 2022 cohort is now open. Apply through the MFE COE Major Application
  2. Tutoring Requirement Documentation

Selection Process

Applications are evaluated by a committee of faculty. Upon meeting the minimum eligibility criteria, students will be ranked using the following formula:

  • Grade in MATH 2250 + grade in MATH 2260 + grade in MATH 3200 + overall grade point average
  • A minimum of 9.75 points is required to be considered for admission. Students who have at least 9.75 points will then be rank ordered, and the 25 students having the highest point totals will be admitted to the program each semester. In the event of a tie, we will admit 26 students.

Faculty will review students' tutoring logs, evaluation, and reflection to assist in determining commitment to both their own learning and to students' learning so that faculty can select the strongest possible cohort each semester. Experiences with students, with the diversity of people who populate Georgia's schools, and with intellectual challenges will be highly valued.

Students who have been admitted for a given semester and are unable to enroll will be allowed into the next cohort.

Simply meeting the minimum eligibility criteria does not guarantee acceptance to the program. Applicants who are not accepted may apply again in the next application cycle.

Admission Decisions

Admission decisions will be made by September for Spring admission. You will be notified about the admission decision via email by the program coordinator or other program contact.

Admissions Contact

Kelly Edenfield Department of Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies Education Mary Frances Early College of Education 105 Aderhold Hall University of Georgia Athens, GA 30602

Additional Resources

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All undergraduate students at UGA meet with an academic advisor each semester. This meeting is critical to a student's success as a chance to discuss courses and electives, certification criteria, and general graduation requirements.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Student Life

Student Life

Gain extensive field experience, culminating in a full-time student teaching position in your final semester.

Connect with other students and math educators through our campus Mathematics Education Student Association, which organizes colloquia and receptions with speakers from across the world, holds book sales, and publishes the Mathematics Educator journal.

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