Mathematics Blended Program

Description for Current Program

During Fall Semester 2018, a joint committee of mathematics and teaching credential faculty will be re-envisioning the Integrated Mathematics major/Single subject Credential Program – more commonly referred to as the Blended Program in Mathematics or BPM – because of changes within both the Department of Mathematics & Statistics and the Single Subject Credential Program. Until the process is completed, the future structure of the BPM will be unknown. Therefore, the application process for the BPM is suspended for Fall 2018.

Please check for updated information about the BPM in early February 2019.

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.

A connected curriculum with faculty from the School of Education, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and K-12 personnel, who, working together, coordinate the program so that real connections are made between the mathematics courses and the education courses. 

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 blended program.

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 admission.

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 is 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.