To gain a Math endorsement, you must demonstrate your subject–matter knowledge in multiple ways.

Prior to your admission to the M.A.T. program, you need to complete Maths coursework and state-required content exams. While enrolled in the M.A.T. program, you will complete coursework and have school-based placements to prepare you to teach Math.

1. CONTENT PREPARATION

One part of preparing to teach Math is a strong preparation in the subject. The best content preparation is a major in Math. At a minimum, you should complete a minor or at least 45 quarter credits or 30-semester credits (7.5 Puget Sound units) of Math coursework. Suggested courses include:

  • Math 150: Finite Mathematics.
  • Math 160: Intro to Applied Statistics.
  • Math 170 or 180: Calculus.

 

2. TESTING

You must pass the National Evaluations System's exam (NES) in Math and submit scores from an approved basic skills test. No specific passing score is required for basic skills. Scores are used as a formative instrument to determine a candidate's basic skill level in reading, writing, and mathematics.

Please see our Testing Overview page for information on testing deadlines.

  BASIC SKILLS TESTING CONTENT AREA TESTING
MATH

TEST: WEST–B or Alternative*

Math, Reading & Writing

TEST: NES 304

Mathematics

*Out-of-state applicants may substitute either the PRAXIS I or CBEST for the WEST-B. Additionally, scores from the SAT or ACT after 2005 may be used to meet the basic skills requirement.

 

3. SCHOOL-BASED PLACEMENTS & COURSEWORK

You will complete middle school and high school teaching methods coursework and Math-related school-based experiences during the academic year. In addition, the state of Washington requires that you pass the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), which you will submit during the spring semester.

For additional information, contact Karen Stump at the School of Education.