Mathematics

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    Department of Mathematics

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    Department of Mathematics

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    Department of Mathematics

  • Department of Mathematics

    Department of Mathematics

Teacher Preparation

Elementary Teaching

MATHEMATICS FOR PROSPECTIVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS

Information about Math 210, Math 310, and Math 310L is available from:

Math 210 Math 310 & Math 310L

For further informatin contact the Math 210, 310, 310L course coordinator, Mary Rosen

Secondary Teaching, FYI-Math, and JYI-Math

Thank you for your interest in the teacher preparation options of the math major. These
options are: Secondary Teaching, the Four-Year Integrated Mathematics Teacher Credential
Program (FYI-Math), and the Junior-Year Integrated Mathematics Teacher Credential Program
(JYI-Math). FYI- and JYI-Math require the same mathematics courses as the Secondary
Teaching Option and integrate 36 additional credential units. FYI- and JYI-Math students earn
both a Bachelor's degree in mathematics and a preliminary single subject California teaching
credential in mathematics simultaneously. FYI and JYI students are prepared to begin teaching
middle or high school mathematics immediately after graduation. Students in the Secondary
Teaching Option earn a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and are prepared to enter CSUN’s
Single Subject Mathematics Teaching Credential Program when they graduate.


FYI-Math and JYI-Math include nearly identical requirements. FYI-Math is designed for an
entering freshman who is able to commit to a full-time program, intends to major in math, and
has decided on a secondary teaching career. FYI-Math students must be ready to take Math 150A
(first semester calculus) and freshman composition during the fall semester of their freshman
year. To determine which math and English courses students are ready for, they must take the
Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Examination and the English Placement Test (EPT) in the
spring before they enter CSUN, unless they are exempt from the tests. They must also take the
Mathematics Placement Test (MPT). Information about all tests may be found at the Testing
Center Website or by calling 818-677-2369. (Note that FYI-Math students must place into Math
150A and freshman composition in order to participate in the program.) JYI-Math is designed for math majors who have completed the lower division general education requirements and the lower division core of the math major with sufficient grades (a GPA of at least 2.6 is required for all courses in the math major and no major course grade may be lower than C). Students considering JYI, but who have not completed the entrance requirements, should declare the Secondary Teaching Option of the math major.


The FYI-Math, JYI-Math and Secondary Teaching Options of the math major include field
experiences in middle and high school classrooms, university faculty dedicated to teaching in the
programs, specialized academic and professional advisement, and a socially and academically
supportive environment. FYI and JYI also include preparation to teach in culturally diverse
classrooms.

Secondary Teaching, FYI- and JYI-Math Required Core Courses
(http://www.csun.edu/~kme52026/SecTeach.htm)
FYI-Mathematics sequence of classes and additional requirements
(http://www.csun.edu/~kme52026/fyi.htm)
JYI-Mathematics information (http://www.csun.edu/~kme52026/jyimath.html)

Information for CSUN’s Other Math Majors

CSUN students in the Pure, Statistics, and Applied Options of the math major may prepare for secondary teaching careers by carefully selecting their electives to include the additional math requirements required for the secondary options. Students planning for secondary teaching careers are held to a higher standard when it comes to grades. That is, a GPA of at least 2.6 is required for all courses in the math major and no major course grade may be lower than C. CSUN math majors who satisfy this requirement may request subject matter clearance from the Math Department. Subject matter clearance is required for CSUN's Credential Program. Students who do not qualify for this clearance may opt instead to take the
CSET mathematics subtests.


Additional Math Requirements for Secondary Teaching, FYI-Math, and JYI-Math Options of the Math Major:

PHIL 230 Introduction to Formal Logic (3)
MATH 341 Applied Statistics I (3)
MATH 360 Abstract Algebra I (3)
MATH 370 Foundations of Geometry (3)
MATH 391 Field Experience in Schools (2)
MATH 490 Capstone Course (3)


Three Upper Division Mathematics electives (9 units) chosen with advisor. Recommended courses:

MATH 340. Introductory Probability (3)
MATH 351. Differential Equations (3)
MATH 366. Combinatorics (3)
MATH 441. Applied Statistics II (3)
MATH 460. Abstract Algebra II (3)
MATH 462. Advanced Linear Algebra (3)
MATH 463. Number Theory (3)
MATH 470. Topics of Geometry (3)
MATH 483. Mathematical Modeling (3)

General Credential Information

The Math Department is responsible for prospective teachers’ subject matter program and the
Secondary Teaching, FYI- and JYI-Math Programs have been approved by the State of
California. To that end, the department provides subject matter clearance to math majors who
have met the requirements. There are several paths to subject matter clearance. These include:
(1) Complete CSUN’s math major in Secondary Teaching, FYI-, or JYI-Math and earn grades of
C or better and a GPA of at least 2.6 in all courses required for the major (check your GPA … http://www.csun.edu/~kme52026/advisement/grid.xlsx). If you have satisfied this requirement, the Math Department will provide proof of subject matter clearance to the Credential Office. (2) Complete another option of CSUN’s math major and take Foundations of Geometry (Math 370), the Capstone Course for prospective teachers (Math 490), and at least one upper division statistics course (Math 341, Math 440A, or Math 440B), and earn grades of C or better and a GPA of at least 2.6 in all courses required for the major (meet with an advisor for approval in advance of completing these requirements). (3) Pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): Mathematics. You must pass Subtests I and II to enter the Credential Program; you should also pass Subtest III for a “regular” credential (Subtests I and II will yield a foundational-level Credential, which authorizes the holder to teach general mathematics, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics, and consumer mathematics in grades twelve and below, including preschool, and in classes organized primarily for adults; teaching Advanced Placement (AP) courses is not authorized by this credential). This will be verified by the Credential Office and you do not need to see an advisor in the Mathematics Department.


Additional Links
For additional information about the Credential Program, go to the Credential Office
website http://www.csun.edu/eisner-education/credential-office, which includes links for
Credential advisement and other relevant information.

 

Petition for postbac units:

Some students who take Credential courses during their senior year may petition the use of this
undergraduate coursework for postgraduate credential credit. In order to do this, a student must
fill out the petition http://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/ugrdpetition.pdf and submit with a
small fee to Admissions & Records

FAQ's

When should I apply to the Credential Program?
FYI- and JYI-Math students: two semesters before you plan to student teach
All others: early in the semester prior to entering the Credential Program

What should I do before I apply to the Credential Program?
Be sure you satisfy the Basic Skills Requirement
Complete your field experience hours (Math 391 for CSUN math majors)
Keep your grades up (download this spreadsheet and enter/track your grades each semester)
Read the Single Subject Credential Information Session materials
Visit the Credential Program website for details about what you need. Plan ahead!
 
How do I apply to the Credential Program?
Visit the Credential Program website and carefully read all requirements
Get started early; some things (e.g. fingerprinting) take time
 
How do I earn subject matter clearance?
There are several paths to subject matter clearance. These include:
(1) Complete CSUN's math major in Secondary Teaching, FYI-, or JYI-Math and earn grades of C or better and a GPA of at least 2.6 in all courses required for the major (download spreadsheet and check your GPA). If you have satisfied this requirement, the Math Department will provide proof of subject matter clearance to the Credential Office.
OR
(2) Complete another option of CSUN's math major and take Foundations of Geometry (Math 370), the Capstone Course for prospective teachers (Math 490), and at least one upper division statistics course (Math 341, Math 440A, or Math 440B), and earn grades of C or better and a GPA of at least 2.6 in all courses required for the major (meet with an advisor for approval in advance of completing these requirements).
OR
(3) Pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): Mathematics. You must pass Subtests I and II to enter the Credential Program; you should also pass Subtest III for a "regular" credential (Subtests I and II will yield a foundational-level Credential, which authorizes the holder to teach general mathematics, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics, and consumer mathematics in grades twelve and below, including preschool, and in classes organized primarily for adults; teaching Advanced Placement (AP) courses is not authorized by this credential). This will be verified by the Credential Office and you do not need to see an advisor in the Mathematics Department.

How do I get postgraduate credit for Credential courses I took as an undergraduate?
You may petition the use of undergraduate coursework for postgraduate credential credit by filling out a petition form and submitting to Admissions and Records with a processing fee.
 
How do I add a subject to my valid Single Subject Teaching Credential?
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How do I add a secondary teaching credential to my elementary teaching credential?
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How do I add an elementary teaching credential to my secondary teaching credential?
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FUNDING IS AVAILABLE FOR MATH MAJORS WHO ARE PREPARING TO TEACH
Noyce scholarships provide up to $12,000 per year.
Apply by November 17, 2015 to begin Spring 2016. Online application