MTH - Mathematics Instructor Qualifications ARCHIVE

MTH Instructor Qualifications Prior to May 2011:

MTH 99 AND BELOW

Masters degree (MA or MS) in Mathematics or Mathematics Education from a regionally accredited college or university. Or a graduate degree in a related field*, such as, but not limited to, Physics or Engineering, with successful completion of at least 30 quarter credits of graduate level mathematics courses.

MTH 100 AND ABOVE

Masters degree (MA or MS) in Mathematics from a regionally accredited college or university. Or a graduate degree in a related field*, such as, but not limited to, Education, Physics, or Engineering, with successful completion of at least 30 quarter credits of graduate level mathematics courses.

* The applicability of a particular degree as “a related field” will be determined by an appropriate Division Dean in consultation with a Mathematics Faculty Department Chair.

Provisional Approval Criteria
MTH 99 AND BELOW

Masters degree in a related field* such as, but not limited to, Physics or Engineering; OR

Mathematics graduate students who are actively working on a degree (taking at least 1 credit per year) and have successful completion of at least 27 quarter credits in graduate level Mathematics courses on their transcripT; OR
Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or Mathematics Education or in Education with an emphasis in mathematics* AND Transcript showing successful completion of a full year of calculus AND three years full‐time (or equivalent cumulative part‐time) mathematics teaching experience within grades 6 or above.
*Note: Bachelor degree in Business may be substituted for instructors of MTH 30)

MTH 100 AND ABOVE

Masters degree in a related field* such as, but not limited to, Physics or Engineering; OR
Mathematics graduate students who are actively working on a degree (taking at least 1 credit per year) and have successful completion of at least 27 quarter credits in graduate level Mathematics courses on their transcript; OR
Masters degree in Mathematics Education or Education may be substituted for instructors of MTH 211, MTH 212, and MTH 213.

Approved: May 2011

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Minimum qualifications for Mathematics faculty:

Master degree (MA or MS) in mathematics from an accredited college or university. Or, a graduate degree in a related field with successful completion of at least 30 quarter credits of graduate level mathematics courses.

There are three alternative approval paths for part-time MTH instructors.

  1. PSU Mathematics Graduate Students with 27 or more Graduate-level Credits in Mathematics: Any MTH course appropriate for the graduate student, i.e., it's not limited to certain courses. Approved many years ago by then VP for Academic Services Jim Van Dyke, we're allowed to hire PSU mathematics grad students who have completed 27 or more credits of graduate-level MTH courses. This path was worked out as part of a cooperative program with PSU's Mathematics Department. It gives us access to instructors and gives PSU grad students an opportunity to see if teaching is a good career fit.
  2. For Teaching MTH 30 through MTH 95: Approved several years ago by the MTH SAC, instructors may teach MTH 30 through MTH 95 provided they have the following credentials.
    • Bachelor degree in Mathematics or Mathematics Education or in Education with an emphasis in mathematics. (Note; Bachelor degree in Business math be substituted for instructors of MTH 30.)
    • and
    • Three years full-time (or equivalent cumulative part-time) mathematics teaching experience within grades 7 through 16.
    • and
    • Transcript showing successful completion of a full calculus sequence.
  3. Masters degree in a related field such as, but not limited to, Physics or Engineering: Any MTH course appropriate for the instructor, i.e., it's not limited to certain courses. Approved this year by the MTH SAC, individuals may demonstrate competency by having a Masters degree in a related field including, but not limited to, Physics or Engineering. The rationale behind this approval path is that folks with Masters degrees in Physics or Engineering, and other fields, have many math-intensive graduate-level courses in their discipline.

Revised Date: 2/24/2003; 10/22/2004 FG

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MTH Part-time Instructors Requirements:

  1. PSU grad students with 27 or more graduate level credits in math, which is any math course appropriate for the grad student and not limited to certain courses. This is part of a cooperative program with PSU.
  2. To teach MTH 30 through MTH 95: need a BA in math, or math education, or in education with an emphasis in math. For MTH 30, a BA in business math may be substituted. In addition, three years full time (or equivalent, cumulative part time) math teaching experience with grades 7-16, and a transcript showing successful completion of a full calculus sequence.
  3. Masters degree in a related field such as, but not limited to, Physics or Engineering any math course appropriate for the instructor, ie not limited to certain courses.

Revised Date: 6/19/2002

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MTH Instructor Requirements:

Adopted 2/12/1987, amended 1/16/1997

Summary of changes to the Instructor Qualification

  1. Added to all course groupings (MTH 30-254) the sentence: “Training I reform style math is preferred with adaptability to integrate technology where appropriate.”
  2. Removal of the word “traditional” from all phrases: “…shall have successfully completed the full traditional calculus sequence…”
  3. Added MTH 93 to the list of College Algebra Classes.
  4. Renamed MTH 111 to 111A,111B, 111C
  5. In the Calculus Qualifications, the topic “finite variables” was corrected to “complex variables.”

Revised Date: 1/16/1997

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MTH Part-time Instructors Requirements:

  • Satellite campuses -Mention of problem when math instructors are not available. Possibility of accommodating special needs with appropriately qualified Science instructors- for Math courses 100 and below

Revised Date: 3/31/1998


MTH Instructor Requirements:

  • PCM courses, course numbered above Math 20 but below Math 111. Current qualifications are to have a master’s degree in Math or in another field with at least 30 hours in math or equivalent experience. The type of experience needs to be clarified.

Revised Date: 9/17/1997

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MTH Instructor Requirements:

  • Minutes mention AAC lowering standards for teachers of DEM courses to BS degree

Revised Date: 10/20/1988


MTH Math 75 & 76, Math 9.690,CBEST review Instructor Requirements:

  • Same instructor qualifications as Math 60 & 65. Also Geometry is considered to be beneficial.
  • Same instructor qualifications as math 75

Revised Date: 4/09/1987

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MTH Instructor Requirements:

Definition:

The phrase "college minimum standards" refers to the official policy entitled Standards for the Selection of Instructional Personnel, as appended. The Math SACC believes that areas of interpretation within that policy should remain flexible to allow Management, to use discretion to select the most capable staff members, specifically, that "master's degree in the field of primary assignment" not be singularly interpreted as "Master's Degree in Mathematics." Degree with relevant mathematical content are often granted under a variety of titles and the title alone should not be the initial criterion for selection.

  • MTH 10- Fundamentals of Arithmetic, instructor must meet the college minimum standards and have an undergraduate degree in mathematics, mathematics education, or education. Teaching experience in an individualized math program and in adult education is considered beneficial.
  • MTH 30- Business mathematics, instructor shall meet the college minimum standards. Coursework in mathematics and experience in business applications of mathematics are considered beneficial.
  • MTH 60, 65, 70- Algebra I & II- instructor shall meet the college minimum standards. Transcript coursework through the full traditional calculus sequence is preferred. Experience in teaching algebra is considered beneficial.
  • MTH 100,101,102, 105,106,110- Instructor shall meet the college minimum standards for teaching transferable courses and shall have coursework transcripts that include the full traditional calculus sequence and topics in linear algebra.
  • MTH 103,104- Instructor shall meet the college minimum standards for teaching transferable courses. Coursework shall include a sequence of class in statistics. Employment experience in business or industry is considered beneficial.
  • MTH 191, 192,193- Mathematics for Elementary Teachers sequence- instructor shall meet the college minimum standards for teaching transferable courses. College coursework shall include topics in set theory, number theory, logic, abstract algebra, and geometry. Education courses at the upper division or graduate level I curriculum development, methods of instruction, and psychology of learning are preferred. Experience with math education manipulative materials; coursework in elementary education, educational philosophy and history of mathematics; teaching experience at 8 th grade or lower; and experience teaching a similar sequence of courses at another institution are all considered beneficial.
  • MTH 200, 201, 202, 203 - Calculus sequence- instructor shall meet the college minimum standards for teaching transferable courses, and shall have successfully completed the full traditional calculus sequence, topics in linear algebra, and three 1- quarter courses ore semester courses for which elementary calculus in a pre-requisite. These may include but are not limited to: differential equations, finite variable, numerical analysis, advanced calculus, sequences and series, and topology. Courses in applied mathematics, circuitry, calculus-based physics sequence, mathematical statistics, and combinatorics shall be given consideration.
  • MTH 221- Instructor shall meet all qualifications required to teach the calculus sequence and in addition, shall have taken a further course involving differential equations.
  • MTH 231- Instructor shall meet all qualification required to teach the calculus sequence and, in addition, shall have taken courses involving discrete mathematics topics.
  • MTH 241-Instructor shall meet all qualifications required to teach the calculus sequence and in addition, shall have taken a course which is specifically a study of linear algebra.

Revised Date: 2/12/1987