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Mathematics, Secondary Education

BlackboardFaculty Advisor: Sellie DeMarco 253.566.5045

Students interested in teaching middle and/or high school mathematics should pursue the Associate in Arts and Sciences (AAS) Degree. Students may complete at Tacoma Community College (TCC) the first two years of a Bachelors’ Degree leading to Secondary Education Mathematics Certification. This TCC program is designed for students who plan to transfer to major in mathematics with an emphasis on education at four-year colleges or universities. Upon successful completion of this program, students may be able to transfer to the University of Washington Tacoma as juniors. The field of teacher education is undergoing changes and will continue to change in the near future. Teacher education candidates should keep in close contact with the transfer university so that they may be aware of changes. Most universities require a fifth year or Master’s degree for secondary mathematics teacher certification.

Degree: Associate in Arts and Sciences (Option A)

Preparation:  While in high school, students should pursue all the available courses in mathematics.

Program Planning:  Students should meet with an advisor as soon as they are admitted to TCC. Many courses have prerequisites, are offered only once or twice a year, and are sequential.  Careful selection of classes each quarter is necessary to complete the program without delay. Check out this Secondary Education Mathematics Certification Planning Sheet.

Although members of the math department make every effort to consult with various colleges and universities regarding requirements, students are encouraged to consult catalogs, websites and advisors at their chosen transfer university. During their first year at TCC, students should consult the transfer advisor and the Education Program advisor at the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) or other transfer university. There may be additional admissions requirements, such as foreign language courses. While this AAS degree does not guarantee admission, completion of the program is a criterion for acceptance by many colleges and universities. Additional transfer requirements may exist at specific universities.

 First Year 
MATH& 151MATH& 1525MATH& 153
ENGL& 101CMST 110PSYC& 100
EDUC& 205CS 142EDUC 220
PE ActivityPE ActivityPE Activity
     Second Year 
5MATH& 254ENGL& 102Humanities Elective (not CMST)
3Natural Sciences Distribution (lab)3Natural Sciences Distribution (lab)3Natural Sciences Distribution
CMST& 220PSYC& 200ANTH& 206
  • Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.
  • Students are required to pass the Washington Educator Skills Test Basic (WEST-B) before admissions to most teacher preparation programs. More information including test dates, registration, costs and study guides can be found at http://www.west.nesinc.com/
  • Grade point average requirements for application into teacher education programs vary from 2.50 to 3.0, students should check with the transfer university.
  • Current information about teacher education can be found at www.teachwashington.org

1See advisor for prerequisites
2Limited offerings
3Must include at least two disciplines and two laboratory sciences
4Recommended but not required (UWT Teacher Certification Program Admission Requirement - Documentation of Classroom Experience)
5MATH& 153 and MATH 254 must be completed in sequence
6Additional credits (over 90) may be allowed but request must be made to UWT. Check with UWT advisor.


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