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Mathematics Education

The Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education offers Mathematics Education programs leading to initial teacher licensure as well as Masters, Specialist, and Doctoral degrees. With a shortage of mathematics teachers at all levels, our programs are critical to meet the growing needs of a democratic society. Our faculty are committed to emphasizing the link between research and practice.


Our programs provide opportunities for practicing and preservice teachers to:

  • examine and revise their assumptions about the nature of mathematics, how it should be taught, and how students learn;
  • observe and analyze a range of approaches to mathematics teaching and learning, focusing on the mathematics, discourse, environment and assessment;
  • work with a diverse range of students individually, in small groups and in large class settings with guidance from and in collaboration with mathematics education professionals;
  • analyze and evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of their teaching;
  • develop and communicate a disposition toward teaching mathematics that mirrors its importance.


Programs leading to initial teacher licensure:

  • Teaching Mathematics in Grades 6-8 Professional Internship Program (post-bac)
  • VolsTeach Secondary Mathematics 6-12 Program (undergraduate)
  • Professional Internship Secondary Mathematics 6-12 Program (post-bac)
  • Practitioner Secondary Mathematics 6-12 Program (post-bac)

Visit the College of Education, Health and Human Science’s Office of Advising and Student Services website for more information about applying to the teacher licensure programs.

Advanced Degree Programs not leading to licensure:

To view the course of study for all programs

Please follow this link to the UT Graduate Catalog.