There is a critical shortage of qualified high school mathematics teachers throughout the country. The shortage is most acute in rural areas in the South, especially in Mississippi. There is also financial support for students planning on entering the teaching profession. One such source is the William Winter Teacher Scholarship. For more information concerning this scholarship, write to The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, Student Financial Aid Office, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211-6543. There are currently three avenues by which a student may be certified to teach mathematics in grades 7-12. These avenues are as follows:
- The student receives a degree in Math Education within the College of Education. This degree involves 36 hours of math and 36 hours of education including 12 hours of student teaching.
- The student receives a B.S. in mathematics within the College of Arts and Sciences and also takes 36 hours of education, which includes 12 hours of student teaching.
Another method for receiving certification for teaching is the alternate route to certification.
A student may receive a non-education degree (preferably in mathematics, but it could also be in a math-related discipline) and then take 2 Praxis exams and a two or three week teaching training workshop. Information may be found by writing to The Mississippi Department of Education, at Post Office Box 771 or 359 North West Street, Jackson, MS 39205, or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or phoning 601-359-3483. The Mississippi Teacher Corps has a program for certifying qualified mathematics majors. For information contact: Phone 1-800-884-7606 or 662-915-5224 Fax (662) 915-7249, Mississippi Teacher Corps Room 161 C, School of Education, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848.