The Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with Secondary Certification program at the University of Hartford aims to develop highly skilled mathematics teachers who are proficient decision makers, leaders, and innovators for the twenty-first century. The major emphasizes a balanced program of rigorous mathematics content and practical pedagogical knowledge. Teaching expertise is developed through several semesters of progressively challenging and diverse K-12 public school clinical experiences. Students in the program will benefit from small class sizes and faculty who have demonstrated excellence in research and teaching as well as a commitment to K-12 public schools.
Public schools in the United States continue to need highly-qualified secondary school mathematics teachers. For the past 10 years, the Connecticut State Department of Education has deemed secondary mathematics a “State certified shortage area”. And the future for filling vacant positions does not look bright. Consequently, successful graduates of secondary mathematics education programs are highly employable.
Since its inception the University of Hartford has been dedicated to serving and enriching the educational experiences of our neighbors in the greater Hartford area. Over the years this commitment has extended to the entire northeast corridor. This program hopes to alleviate the current pressure on secondary schools to find dedicated, well trained teachers of mathematics who can serve these populations with distinction.
The University of Hartford Magnet School, a public school on our private university campus, serves as a model for integrated services in the community. The Magnet School serves as a living, learning laboratory in the best sense of the term. Teacher candidates working in the school experience practices that are on the cutting edge in the area of professional preparation. The school facilitates the relationship between theory and practice in both faculty and candidates that is so critical to developing reflective practitioners across disciplines.
Building on the success of the partnership that launched the University of Hartford Magnet School, the University High School of Science and Engineering (UHSSE) was developed as a partnership of the Hartford Public Schools, University of Hartford, and Capitol Region Education Council. Presently the UHSSE is located on the Asylum Avenue campus while planning is underway on the construction of a $34 million permanent high school facility on Mark Twain Drive Extension, on the University of Hartford’s main campus. The focus of the curriculum at UHSSE is on science, mathematics, engineering, and technology—areas which are the leading fields of the 21st century.
With two magnet schools located on campus secondary mathematics education majors at the University of Hartford have an excellent opportunity to hone the craft of teaching at both the elementary and secondary levels.