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The Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Mathematics


Mathematics teacher is the most visible and best-known career path for students of mathematics.  With a mathematics degree you will be qualified to teach in most private schools.  To teach at public schools in North Carolina, you will require state teaching certification, which our mathematics degree does not provide.  You can, however, earn teacher certification through lateral entry.  There is a national shortage of teachers in the mathematical sciences, particularly at the secondary school level.  Increasing expectations for mathematical achievement for students in elementary and middle schools will ensure an increased demand for qualified mathematics teachers in those grades as well.  Students hoping to teach in the elementary and middle schools will find that a minor in mathematics will significantly enhance their employment prospects.  A master's degree in mathematics will give you the credentials to teach at the college level.

For more information on State Teaching Certification contact:

Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education (MSITE)