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Mathematics Education at Curry College

(Music: 'With You' - Nicolai Heidlas)
(Dr. Laura Callis - Assistant Professor, Science and Math)
I was thinking I was gonna be an English teacher when I was in high school but what I found was when I was working in the schools volunteering or I had a work-study job, they didn't need help with English so much that they really needed help with math.

There's such a demand for math teachers, you won't have a hard time getting a job. In addition there's so many paths for growth because we just don't have enough math teachers.

So, when I went to school I took my math classes and I took my teaching classes. I was the only person who was planning on being a teacher. So on top of like not having friends that would be doing the thing I wanted to do, I wasn't able to build a network that would support me after college...

So our courses - the cohorts in these classes are mostly going to be teachers, so the mathematics courses are designed to help you connect some of these abstract mathematical ideas to teaching. And that was something I really could've used when I was going to school, is,'Okay, this is really fascinating and beautiful but how in the world am I going to translate this to the ninth graders and tenth graders and sixth graders? How is that helpful to me?' So I think that we're pretty unique in that way I've only seen Master's programs that do that. I haven't seen a lot of undergrad programs (like Curry) that do that.

There's a lot of collaboration in my  courses. So they were creating these  posters that they might have hung up on a family night coming to an elementary school and so as they were creating this poster, by giving each other roles they all had to trust each other's input and develop these norms of, you know, respectful discourse.

So I think  that that activity where they were creating a physical thing together, they  really gravitate toward. The transformation that you see in a kid  when they do something that's difficult and realize that they can do it with  hard work, that's something that I think  is the most rewarding thing in the world.

WATCH: Professor Jen McNally - 'There continues to be a need for good Mathematics Education teachers.'

Solve problems. Understand advanced concepts. Share your passion. With a B.A. in Mathematics Education from Curry College, you'll learn to view the world through a mathematical lens and teach children and adolescents how to engage with numbers and love mathematics.

Through Classroom and Field Experience:

  • Create your own engaging mathematics tasks to promote student learning, based on what you learn about best practice
  • Grow your professional portfolio
  • Engage with advanced topics such as Euclidean and transformational geometry, discrete mathematics and number theory, calculus through integration, and statistics as you explore their applications to teaching young adults
  • Apply these concepts through engaging and enriching lesson plans

*Curry College has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as a sponsoring organization for Mathematics 5-8 and Mathematics 8-12 licenses through the informal review process.

Courses you’ll love

Mathematics Curriculum – Learn essential and effective lesson planning.
Mathematics Modeling – Integrate your learning about various patterns in data and use them to model phenomena in the classroom and beyond.

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  • Volunteer Program – Jump into the classroom early with this selective program placing high-achieving students in local schools 1-2 days a week.
    Senior Practicum Seminar – Create an evidence portfolio during your practicum, demonstrating competencies and skills you have achieved as a teacher candidate.
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There is job security and fast opportunities for advancement in mathematics education because of the urgent need for high-quality, caring mathematics teachers who develop a love of mathematics in their students. After all, studies show that children who do well in mathematics have more educational and career opportunities and are better informed citizens.

At Curry, our mathematics department and education department have come together to give you an integrated degree program - so you can achieve your dream career:

  • Collaborative, specialized degree that allows you to study advanced mathematics and its application to teaching young adults
  • 1st collaboration of its kind on campus
  • Interdisciplinary approach combining two areas of study into one focused career path

Learn Beyond the Classroom

At Curry, you'll be able to work side-by-side with faculty, staff, and other students to collaborate, research, and plan for your future. From field experiences to the Senior Practicum Seminar and on-campus clubs and organizations, you'll become actively involved in pursuing what interests you. Developing close relationships with experienced faculty supports you in your development as an effective teacher.

Volunteer Program - Jump into the classroom early with this selective program placing high-achieving students in local schools 1-2 days a week.

Senior Practicum Seminar - Create a CAP Evidence Binder during your practicum, demonstrating your readiness for Massachusetts licensure through the Six Essential Elements of Practice.

The Path to Your Dream Career

Just a few of the many career options include:

  • Camp/Recreational Director
  • Child Care Administrator
  • Early Childhood Educator Grades PreK-2
  • Early Intervention-Developmental Specialist
  • Elementary Teacher Grades 1-6
  • Infant or Toddler Teacher
  • Middle School or Secondary Math Educator
  • Paraprofessional
  • Preschool Educator
  • Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities - Grades PreK-8
  • Youth and Family Advocate

Our Alumni in the Field

Our alumni are leading the way at:

  • Boston Public Schools
  • Boston Teacher Residency Program
  • Bright Horizons Family Solutions
  • Gilson JCC Early Learning Center
  • Gloucester Public Schools
  • Harmony Natural Learning Center
  • Mystic Valley Charter School
  • Plymouth Public Schools
  • Quincy Public Schools
  • RCS Behavioral and Education Services
  • South Bay Early Intervention
  • St. Alban’s Child Enrichment Center
  • Taunton Public Schools
  • The SPARK Center
  • And more!

Admission to Curry College does not automatically include admission to an education major. Undergraduate students interested in an education major apply to their prospective major in the fall semester of their sophomore year (December 1). The online application is available via the myCurry student portal.

Requirements for admission are as follows:

  • Overall cumulative grade point exceeding 2.5. Students must maintain the 2.5 GPA requirement throughout their course of study.
  • Minimum grade of C in all required education courses and courses identified as related requirements.
  • Where applicable, a passing score on both subtests of the Massachusetts Communication Literacy Skills Test (CLST)
  • Two recommendations from outside the Education Department

Transfer Students

Students transferring from another institution will be advised into appropriate courses during the advising process.

At this time, the Education Department accepts three education courses for transfer from other institutions: Child Development, Educational Psychology, Introduction to Special Education. Additional courses for transfer may be considered. In all cases, students must submit both transcripts and course descriptions for review. If a course is aligned with the goals and learning outcomes of a Curry Education course, it will be approved for credit toward completion of an Education major.

Pre-requisite Coursework:

MATH 1150 Statistics I 3
MATH 1190 College Algebra 3

Core Coursework - Subject Matter Knowledge:

MATH 2130 Calculus I 3
MATH 2140 Calculus II 3
MATH 2150 Statistics II 3
MATH 2200 History of Mathematical Inquiry 3
MATH 2550 Number Theory and Relationships for Teachers 3
MATH 3175 Modern Algebra 3
MATH 3200 Mathematical Modeling 3
MATH 3250 Pedagogy and Specialized Instruction in Mathematics 3

Core Coursework - Professional Standards for Teachers:

ED 2161 Educational Psychology 3
ED 2412 Strategies for the Effective Educator:
Elementary and Secondary
ED 2600 Introduction to Special Education 3
ED 3190 Classroom Assessment 3
ED 3295 Fundamentals of Curriculum: Secondary 3
ED 3750 Sheltered English Immersion 3
ED 3985 Integrating Senior Seminar 3

Required Coursework and Co-requisite Field Work:

ED 3125 Mathematics Curriculum 3
ED 3193R Classroom Assessment Lab: Secondary 1
ED 3194 Pre-Practicum I - Mathematics 1
ED 3456 Pre-Practicum II - Mathematics 1
ED 4571 Senior Practicum: Secondary 9
ED 4571SM Senior Practicum Seminar: Secondary 3

Related Requirements:

MATH 1550 Quantification in School Mathematics 3
PHYS 2010 Introduction to Mechanics, with Laboratory 4
PSY 1400 Child Development 3

The Math Ed minor builds upon the three course sequence of mathematics courses required of Education students seeking licensure to teach in public school settings and will prepare them to apply for an additional license as an elementary math specialist. Students seeking the minor will deepen their understanding of numerical, algebraic, and statistical concepts by taking a minimum of two additional mathematics courses, and they will be exposed to constructivist pedagogy and best practices in mathematics instruction. While the minor is intended primarily for Education students, it is open to all students whose interests include working in an educational setting.

A grade of "C" or higher must be attained in all courses required for the Mathematics Education minor. Any mathematics course at the 2000 level or above can substitute for one course in the Mathematics Education minor. MATH 4000 Independent Research in Mathematics Education can substitute for any course in the Mathematics Education minor.


MATH 1550 Quantification in School Mathematics 3
MATH 2550 Number Theory and Relationships for Teachers 3
MATH 3250 Pedagogy and Specialized Instruction in Mathematics 3
MATH 1150 Statistics I 3
MATH 1190 College Algebra 3
MATH 2130 Calculus I 3
MATH 2140 Calculus II 3
Total 15

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
Title II, Section 207 of the Higher Education Act requires all institutions with teacher preparation programs that enroll students who receive federal financial assistance to prepare annual reports on teacher preparation and licensing.

Note: Curry College had a 100% pass rate for all program completers during the 2019-2020 reporting year.

Information about Curry pass rates is available upon request by contacting the Licensure Officer/Title II Coordinator, (617) 333-2196.

The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure are administered Monday-Saturday at designated test centers in Massachusetts and in many states each academic year. Additional information regarding all state testing is available through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education,  Office of Educator Licensure, 75 Pleasant Street Malden, MA 02148-9140; Telephone: (781) 338-6600; For additional information about Curry College's testing requirements, please contact Curry College Licensure Officer at 617-333-2196.

  1. Plan thoughtful, appropriate learning experiences that meet group and individual needs aligned with workplace expectations and state / federal / agency frameworks or guidelines.
  2. Carry out well-developed plans and assess regularly and systematically both individual outcomes and the quality of instruction.
  3. Establish, manage, and maintain effective learning environments with attention to positive social, emotional, physical and cognitive climates.
  4. Promote equity through culturally responsive practices and to continually seek to deepen one's knowledge and understanding within a constantly changing society.  This includes, but is not limited to, the complexity and interaction of the following: achievement, individual gifts learning situations and content, family structures, race and cultural identity, gender, abilities/disabilities, varied learning styles across varied learning situations and content, socio-economic status, religion, language and linguistic differences.
  5. Demonstrate professionalism and leadership toward a just society.
    1. understand his/her legal and moral responsibilities
    2. advocate for the health and well being of all
    3. demonstrate reflective practices as a means to grow and to question
    4. hold a disposition toward critical analysis and evaluation of ever-changing practices, (including technologies), processes, content,  and oral forms
    5. demonstrate the  ability to communicate one's ideas clearly in written and oral forms

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