Area of Focus
  • Science & Math
Degrees Offered
  • B.A.
Academic Division
  • Physical and Biological Sciences
  • Mathematics

Program Overview

The Mathematics Education Bachelor’s of Arts (B.A.) is specially designed to prepare students for a career in K-12 mathematics education. It shares a rigorous approach to advanced mathematics but requires coursework that is particularly relevant to the K-12 classroom: number theory, classical geometry, and the history of mathematics. In addition, the math education major requires experience in supervised teaching. Many math education majors also participate in CalTeach, to enhance their experience and directly connect with local schools.

In California, students seeking a single-subject credential for secondary teaching in mathematics are required to take the CSET (formerly The National Teachers Examination), a series of examinations that must be passed in order to enter a teaching credential program. Students who are interested in teaching in high schools can obtain a waiver of the CSET Examinations by completing the mathematics education major, plus three additional specified courses. The Mathematics Department Undergraduate Adviser, the Mathematics Department’s website, and the Education Department advising office have more information about the additional required courses.


Learning Experience

Within the mathematics department, there are four major options: the Mathematics B.S., the Mathematics Education B.A. and the Mathematics B.A. degree with concentrations in: pure mathematics and computational mathematics.

Study and Research Opportunities

  • B.A. in Mathematics Education
  • The California Teach program (CalTeach) at UCSC offers K-12 internships, coursework, academic and career advising, teacher professional development and mentoring, and other support for prospective and novice teachers.

STEM Diversity programs, including UC LEADS and CAMP, offer research opportunities, academic enrichment, and mentoring for students from under-represented groups.

First-Year (Freshman) Requirements

Students interested in studying mathematics are strongly encouraged to take algebra, geometry, and trigonometry before entering the university. Students needing mathematics courses for their intended major are encouraged to take the math placement exam as early as possible. Math major students are strongly encouraged to start taking Math courses in their first quarter at UCSC. Delaying the start of Math major courses can affect a student's ability to complete the major on time. 

The Mathematics Department's website provides information on qualifying for the major.

Student graduating

Transfer Requirements

Transfer Applicants: This is a screening major. Admission into the major is based on the student’s academic college record. Effective with admission to the 2020-21 academic year, transfer students seeking to major in mathematics must complete equivalents to the following foundation courses prior to transfer:

  • Mathematics 19A, Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics 
  • Mathematics 19B, Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Mathematics 21, Linear Algebra
  • Mathematics 23A, Vector Calculus
  • Additionally STAT 5 is recommended prior to transfer. Prospective students are encouraged to prioritize recommended major preparation.

For a complete list of lower-division courses visit the Math Department website. Additional articulated lower-division courses can be found at:

Faculty teaching math

Internships and Career Opportunities

Students in the mathematics education track prepare for a career in K–12 mathematics education; students acquire in-depth knowledge of subjects covered at an introductory level in the classroom, including number theory, classical geometry, and the history of mathematics, and gain experience in teaching mathematics.

This major prepares students to enter into Teaching Credential and/or Master's in Education programs.




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