Mathematics Blended Program
The Mathematics Blended program is designed for students who are interested in becoming mathematics teachers at the secondary level and also receiving a California Teaching Credential. The program begins after completion of Math. 108 (An Introduction to Formal Mathematics), a prerequisite for Blended Program admission, and may be completed in five semesters. A degree in mathematics with a California teaching credential is awarded upon successful completion of the program.
After completion of prerequisite coursework in Math 30 (Calculus I), Math 31 (Calculus II), Math 35 (Introduction to Linear Algebra), and Math 108, (An Introduction to Formal Mathematics), students take Math 102 (Number Theory, 3 units), Math 110A and 110B (Modern Algebra, 3 units each), Math 121 (College Geometry, 3 units), Math 130A and 130B (Functions of a Real Variable, 3 units each), Math 190 (History of Mathematics, 3), Math 193 (Capstone Course , 3 units), Math 198 (Seminar for Mathematics Tutors, 2 units), Math 316 (Psychology of Mathematics Instruction, 2 units), Math 371A and Math 371B (Schools and Community, 2 units each), EDTE 372 (Anthropology of Education, 3 units), EDTE 373A (Assessment Center Laboratory I, 1 unit), EDTE 373B (Assessment Center Laboratory II, 2 units), EDTE 384 (Instruction and Assessment of Academic Literacy, 3 units), EDTE 386 (Secondary School Mathematics, 3 units), EDTE 470A (Student Teaching I: Secondary Schools, 6 units), and EDTE 470B (Student Teaching II: Secondary Schools, 12 units).
There are three courses at CSUS that are considered pre/co-requisites for any teaching credential program including the Math Blended Program. These courses can be taken before formal admission to the Blended Program. The courses are: HLSC 136 School Health Education (2 units); EDBM 170 Introduction to Bilingual Education (3); EDS 100A Education of Exceptional Children/Youth (2).
It is also advisable for students to complete other lower division coursework for the mathematics major, that is, Math 32 (Calculus III), Math 45 (Differential Equations), Stat 1 (Elementary Statistics), and CSC 10, 15, 22 or 25, as well as required General Education coursework before applying to the Mathematics Blended Program. Please refer to the CSUS catalog for more information.
Application Process for the Mathematics Blended Program
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Strengths of the Mathematics Blended Program
A concurrent curriculum, which includes subject matter in mathematics,
education courses, student teaching and seminars, and opportunities for
field experiences during the first two years of the program. The field
experiences are made available through tutoring, math labs, classroom
observation and participation at local schools.
The blended curriculum for the program in mathematics maintains all of
the quality, depth, scope, and rigor of the regular single subject program
in mathematics. Similarly, the blended curriculum for the program in mathematics
maintains all of the quality, depth, scope and rigor of the regular single
subject credential program.
The blended program was developed as a joint effort of faculty from the
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and faculty from the School
of Education. The Steering Committee consists of faculty from the School
of Education and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, who, working
together, coordinate the program.
The developmental nature of learning to teach is an essential part of
the blended program in mathematics. This developmental approach is reinforced
by each course in the program, and by connections made among courses.
This developmental quality is enriched further by the well-structured
early field experiences, which are made possible by close collaboration
with partnership schools. In addition, collaboration between mathematics
and education faculty members supports the developmental nature of the
In addition to the current advising components of the university and
Mathematics and Statistics Department, there are advisors for the program
who, working together, advise students on the blended program, determine
which students may enter the blended program, and regularly meet to evaluate
the progress of the students in the program. Early advisement of candidates
is encouraged and those students, who have a preliminary interest, are
directed to appropriate advisors in the university to prepare for program
There are many opportunities for early career exploration for prospective
math teachers. The Department of Mathematics at CSUS is a California Math
Project site, and is developing partnership schools, and more generally,
support connections with schools throughout the general area. In addition,
mathematics faculty are involved with K-12 teachers throughout the area
through summer programs, ongoing courses, and tutoring. The partnership
schools and the general connections between teachers in the area and the
mathematics faculty provide many opportunities for students to gain early
field experience, including tutoring, observation, and guided participation.
Decision making for the program is the shared responsibility of faculty
from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, faculty from the School
of Education and K-12 personnel. The coordinator of the program is from
the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
California State University, Sacramento • updated: September 5, 2008