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The Secondary Education concentration in Mathematics at CMU prepares students to teach in both middle and high schools. This program offers small class sizes in the upper-level courses and intimate classroom settings so students can interact closely with faculty. All of the classes are taught by professors or instructors — unlike other universities that use graduate students to teach. When earning a concentration in secondary education, students will learn the professional skills in teaching methods and content necessary for secondary mathematics teachers. Nationally recommended curriculum guidelines are followed in order to ensure that graduates have the mathematical content and conceptual understanding necessary for all secondary school mathematics courses.

The education courses in the major offer substantial field hours throughout the program. CMU students benefit from the Center for Teacher Education’s relationship with western Colorado school districts. We coordinate field placements and employment with 14 different counties. This program is authorized by both the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE).

Mathematics majors in secondary education are in great demand. Internship placements often lead to job offers due to familiarity with the student, though graduates have an array of unique employment opportunities to choose from. Students can become middle and high school teachers or students interested in graduate school in pure mathematics only have to add an additional two to three courses to complete the requirements for the undergraduate degree in pure mathematics.