Mathematics—Secondary Education

There is a demand for qualified teachers at the secondary level, but there is an even greater need for quality mathematics teachers — teachers who care about both students and mathematics, teachers who have a broad and deep understanding of mathematics, and teachers who are thoroughly professional. The responsibilities are great, but the rewards are even greater.

Teaching mathematics is a challenge, a responsibility, and an opportunity. Learning to teach mathematics occurs through a variety of means: the study of a wide variety of mathematics, pedagogical preparation within a mathematical context, formal clinical preparation in education, an extended internship, and continual experiences as a student, learner, and problem solver.

As a prospective teacher, Western encourages students to focus on expanding their personal understanding of mathematics and capitalizing on opportunities to work with pre-college students as a tutor, classroom assistant, practicum student, and as a novice teacher in their internship. With access to both the Math Center as well as Woodring resrouces, students have dual communities to enhance and enrich their learning and teaching experiences.

This major must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in Secondary Education offered through Woodring College of Education.

Western’s Mathematics Department is part of the College of Science and Engineering.


Beyond the Classroom

Teacher education students in the Woodring program gain field experience as tutors, classroom assistants, practicum students, and as novice teachers in internship positions. 

As students in the Mathematics program, students have resources such as the Math Center staffed by undergraduate Math Fellows — it is a great place to get help with homework, meet other students, and form study groups.


Careers and Graduate Studies

Graduates are employed in districts all over the state of Washington, and in a number of other locations within, and outside of, the U.S.



Sample Careers

  • Secondary Education Teacher

Mathematics—Secondary Education, BAE

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