Mathematics Teacher's Certificate Program

Mathematics teaching is a demanding, yet immensely exciting and rewarding profession. Working with young adults, mathematics teachers have the privilege to help shape the mathematical literacy of future architects, doctors, politicians, engineers, and many others. Unfortunately, there is currently a shortage of highly qualified secondary school mathematics teachers across the nation. The Secondary Mathematics Teacher ' s Certificate Program at the University of Michigan-Flint is a nationally recognized program designed to prepare individuals who wish to teach middle and secondary school mathematics.  In the program, which can lead to either a B.A. or B.S. in mathematics, candidates take a sequence of mathematics courses designed to strengthen and deepen their knowledge of mathematics.  In addition, candidates complete pedagogy-based coursework and field experiences that help them develop the fundamental qualities of a caring disposition, social responsibility, student centeredness, and reflective practice.

For more information on the UM-Flint Math TCP program, contact either of the advisors, Dr.  Laura McLeman or Dr. Krista Hansen, or click below for a list of all of the program's requirements.

TCP Program Requirements

Mathematics Teacher's Certificate Program (BA or BS)

Mathematics Department information  

Program advisors:  K. Hansen, L. McLeman

The Teacher’s Certificate Program (TCP) is designed to meet the needs of future teachers of secondary school mathematics.  This program may lead to either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.

Completion of the Mathematics TCP major and a TCP minor in another area is required.  Note the Michigan Department of Education does not allow a course to be counted toward the credit requirements of both a major and a minor.

Professional requirements are to be completed in three phases, in sequence, during which the student creates an Individual Major Portfolio.  A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in each course. 

In addition, for progression from phase to phase and completion of the program, minimum GPAs of B- (2.7) or higher in the major, the minor, the professional coursework and overall, are required.

Discipline-Specific Requirements


A. Mathematics Core Courses (36 credits)


  • MTH 121 - Calculus I. (4)
  • MTH 122 - Calculus II. (4).
  • MTH 200 - Mathematical Proofs and Structures. (3).
  • MTH 220 - Elementary Linear Algebra. (3).
  • MTH 222 - Multivariate Calculus. (4).
  • MTH 272 - Introduction to Statistics. (3).
  • MTH 328 - Modern Algebra. (3).
  • MTH 333 - College Geometry. (3).
  • MTH 362 - Combinatorics with Applications. (3).
  • MTH 385 - History of Mathematics. (3).
  • MTH 401 - Mathematics TCP Capstone Course. (3)

B. Mathematics Electives


At least two additional electives (6-7 credits) for the Bachelor of Arts, or at least four additional electives (12-13 credits) for the Bachelor of Science, from courses numbered 300 or higher, excluding:

  • MTH 370 - Probability with Statistical Applications. (3).
  • MTH 390 - Problem-Solving Seminar. (1).
  • MTH 391 - Directed Study.
  • MTH 395 - Mathematics Instructional Practicum. (1-2).

C. Cognates (9 credits)


  • CSC 175 - Problem Solving and Programming I. (4)
  • PHY 243 - Principles of Physics I. (5)

D. Practicum (recommended)


  • MTH 395 - Mathematics Instructional Practicum. (1-2).

E. Additional Requirements


All requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Bachelor of Arts  degree, including General Education requirements , additional BA distribution requirements, and at least 80 credits outside mathematics; or all requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Bachelor of Science  degree, including General Education requirements .

Professional Requirements


A. Course Requirements (45 credits)


Phase I - Foundational (15 credits)


  • One from:

  • ENG 112 - Critical Writing and Reading. (3).
  • EHS 120 - Ecology of Teaching and Social Work. (3).
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  • PSY 100 - Principles of Psychology. (3)
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  • One from:

  • HIS 220 - United States to 1898. (3)
  • HIS 221 - United States since 1898. (3)
  •  

  • SEC 200 - Community, Family, Self. (3).
  • SEC 201 - Teachers, Schools, Society. (3).

Phase II - Pre-Professional (12 credits)


  • PSY 313 - Developmental Psychology. (3)
  • SEC 320 - Teacher and Learner. (3).
  • SEC 445 - Improvement of Reading in the Middle and Secondary School. (3).
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  • A course in the history or culture of an American ethnic group from:

  • AFA 270 - Race and Ethnic Relations. (3)
  • or

  • SOC 270 - Race and Ethnic Relations. (3)
  •  

  • AFA 331 - Urban Education and Social Change. (3)
  •  

  • AFA 334 - History of Ethnicity and Race in the United States. (3)
  • or

  • HIS 334 - History of Ethnicity and Race in the United States. (3)
  •  

  • EDE 305 - Understanding Urban School Practice. (3).
  • ENG 213 - American Ethnic Literature. (3)
  • ENG 374 - Major Themes in American Ethnic Literature. (3)
  •  

  • EDE 432 - Multicultural Education: Concepts and Strategies. (3).
  • or

  • PUB 438 - Multicultural Education: Concepts and Strategies. (3).

Phase III - Professional (18-21 credits)


  • SEC 330 - Seminar in Methods. (3).
  • SEC 341 - Teaching Mathematics in Middle and Secondary Schools. (3).
  • Minor methods course (if required);
  • SEC 469 - Student Teaching in the Secondary School. (3-10)
  • SEC 499 - Secondary Student Teaching Seminar. (2).

B. Transition Requirements


Acceptance to Phase II

  1. Completion of at least 55 credits (junior standing), including at least 18 credits in the major and 12 in the minor.
  2. Interview with the TCP advisor, to include discussion of the Dispositions Inventory and pieces for the Individual Major Portfolio.
  3. Successful completion of the MTTC Professional Readiness Examination (PRE).
  4. Completion and acceptance of an application to Phase II, including a felony/misdemeanor form.

Acceptance to Phase III

  1. Completion of at least 85 credits (senior standing), including at least 90% of the major and minor requirements.
  2. Interview with the TCP advisor, to include discussion of the Dispositions Inventory and pieces for the Individual Major Portfolio.
  3. Completion and acceptance of an application to Phase III, including a felony/misdemeanor form.

Recommendation for Teacher Certification

  1. Completion of at least 124 credits, including all major and minor requirements.
  2. Exit interview with the TCP advisor, to include discussion of the completed Individual Major Portfolio and results of the Student Teaching Evaluation.
  3. Completion of the MTTC (Michigan Test for Teacher Certification) subject area test in the major and minor (where applicable), with a passing score on the major area test.
  4. Completion of an advanced and valid course in first aid and adult and child CPR from an approved provider.
  5. Completion of all paperwork necessary for certification, including a felony/misdemeanor form.

Prospective candidates should also study the section entitled General Requirements for Teacher Certification .

 

Minimum Credits for the Degree: 124 credits



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