Lewis & Clark prepares middle and high school mathematics teachers to succeed in the 21st century and to be leaders and innovators in a field that must perpetually balance tradition with reform. The Middle-Level/High School program prepares new teachers to think analytically about their subject matter, their practice of the teaching craft, and their role in the ethical and organizational dilemmas of schooling to serve all students well.
We prepare mathematics teachers to:
- Coursework focusing on mathematics content, middle and high school teaching, and curriculum integration
- An emphasis on the social and cultural contexts of schooling and adolescent development
- A school-year-long internship in a middle or high school in the Portland Metropolitan area working with a dedicated veteran mathematics mentor teacher.
- A “swap” practicum in the other grade level band (middle or high school) to complement the internship
- Fulfillment of the requirements for an Oregon Initial Teaching License at the middle level and high school grades
- Four semesters of coursework: first summer, fall, spring, and second summer
- Careful attention to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
In Oregon, there are two levels of endorsement in secondary mathematics
- Basic (licensed through algebra I)
- Advanced (licensed through calculus and beyond)
Individuals preparing to teach middle school or high school through Algebra I may seek the Basic Mathematics endorsement. Students holding undergraduate minors in mathematics or successful completion of a minimum of three undergraduate courses from the following list will be considered for the Basic endorsement program:
- Calculus II
- Discrete Mathematics
- Linear Algebra
- Number Theory
- Abstract Algebra
- Probability & Statistics
- Differential Equations
- Mathematical Logic
- Numerical Analysis
- Courses in computer languages, programming, or graphics, or other approved electives from a mathematics-related field will be considered as relevant content preparation.
In some cases, additional coursework may be required for admission.
Students holding a baccalaureate degree in mathematics—whether recent graduates or career transition professionals will be considered for the Advanced endorsement program. Completion of a major in mathematics or its equivalent or a minor in mathematics in conjunction with a degree in science, engineering, economics, computer science, geography or other technical field requiring extensive preparation in mathematics, using the list above as a guide. In some cases, additional coursework may be required for admission.
Required for Admission
- Basic Skills Testing: ORELA: NES-EAS, Praxis I, CBEST or WEST-B: Reading, Writing and Mathematics
- ORELA Civil Rights Exam
Required for Licensure
Passing scores on the following exams are required for licensure:
- Basic Mathematics (required): ORELA - Subject area test - Mathematics (Middle Grades Math) (Test No. 203)
- Advanced Mathematics (required): ORELA - Subject area test - Mathematics (Advanced) (Test No. 304)
- For teacher candidates who plan to teach in the middle grades (5-9) should also complete the NES: Elementary test
Integrated Program of Study and Practicum
The program of study and practicum for the preparation of middle and high school mathematics teachers consists of a minimum of 40 semester hours as outlined below. The official program of study is available in the current year’s Graduate Catalog. Students select three subject area elective courses (6 semester hours) in consultation with the faculty advisor. In addition, they select two semester hours in the innovative Core Program of seminars and courses.
Preservice interns participate in a classroom-based internship under the guidance of a master teacher. The mathematics program at Lewis & Clark places interns with some of the finest teachers in the region, recognized regionally and nationally for their excellence. The internship is 8-10 hours per week from September through mid March, and then aligns with school district contract hours from mid-March through the end of the school year.
For further information about subject area preparation, licensing, and course offerings in the teaching of Mathematics, please contact:
Kasi Allen, Ph.D., Teacher Education