Mathematics - Secondary LicensureFor students interested in teaching at the high school level, we recommend they pursue our B.A. Mathematics degree, and then take the necessary course work from the department of teacher education (including student teaching) to obtain licensure.
Traditional Degree with Licensure
The No Child Left Behind Act provides the individual States with the authority to define the term "highly qualified teacher". The State of Colorado has chosen to define this as 24 semester-hours in a content area (e.g. mathematics). They do not prescribe specific courses in relation to the 24 semester-hour rule.
Additionally, the State of Colorado does not award licensure for middle school separate from high school, but rather for grades K-6 (elementary) and 7-12 (secondary). In mathematics, an argument can be made that someone teaching high school mathematics may need a more comprehensive mathematical background than someone teaching middle school mathematics.
Again, we suggest to individuals who wish to teach high school mathematics that they pursue our B.A. Mathematics degree with the secondary licensure coursework filling out the bulk of their "electives."
We offer an alternate route toward secondary licensure.
This degree track is designed to meet the needs of middle school teachers, would provide adequate preparation for a high school teacher in a rural environment, and exceeds the 24-credit hours of content benchmark set by the State of Colorado for secondary licensure.
This emphasis exceeds the necessary coursework to meet the "highly qualified" requirement as set forth by the State of Colorado.
It does not, however, meet the recommendations of the Mathematical Association of America for someone pursuing a career as a high school teacher (9-12), nor does it meet the requirements for secondary licensure in all states (i.e. a true B.A. in Mathematics).