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I'm sorry not having any empirical literature, but I try to explain the question by commong knowledge. (Feel free to downvote if this is not appropriate :)) Beside political reasons, I think there are two rules of thumb The more mature your students are, the less pedagogical knowledge you need. The more mature your students are, the more expertise on the ...


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That is because teaching math and knowing math are different skills. Unfortunately, having a PhD in mathematics will not guarantee that a candidate will also be able to manage a class of 35 students, be able to design pedagogically and developmentally adequate lessons that progress in units, how to assess students, deal with the requirements for special ...


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Undergraduate students should be aware of their academic advising offices. Essentially every school employs full-time academic advisers to answer questions precisely like this one. If you go to a larger school, the math department (or at least the college of education) at your school will have a professional adviser just for that content area. You need to ...


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I took the qualifying exams in my state to teach. All teachers need to pass the general literacy, along with the subject they intend to teach. For me, it was middle and high school math. (The former, about ages 10-13, the latter 13-18) My undergraduate degree was BSEE, electrical engineering, and even though I wasn't working as an engineer, I never lost my ...


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The history of this topic in the US is long and complicated. It differs from state to state, and also between rural and urban areas. In rural areas before about 1850, teachers were in short supply; a prospective schoolteacher had to have a very basic education, and also would have to pass an oral exam administered by the local school board. In the second ...


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This seems to me to be two questions. Is there research backing up the empirically observed trend that teacher-training is necessary for teaching primary and secondary school, but not necessary for teaching at university level and above? Not as far as I know. I do know there is research that strongly suggests that different teaching methods at the ...


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On the website for schools in NY state (if you're hoping to stay there), there are many options suggested for alternate routes to certification that you may be able to pursue. However, these do have deadlines so you should certainly look at these sooner rather than later. The website is here: http://schools.nyc.gov/teachnyc/certification/alternatives.htm ...


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First, unless your credentials are very poor, getting accepted shouldn't be the issue. Instead, it's getting financial support and making sure that you apply to at least one or two nearly "sure bets" for you. There are a lot of Masters only schools that you should have no problem getting money for, and many (most?) of these cater mainly for those intending ...


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