Vol. 27 No. 2 (2018)

What Do We Know About Secondary Mathematics Teacher Preparation in the United States?

Matthew Winsor
Illinois State University
J. Vince Kirwan
Kennesaw State University
Lawrence Ssebaggala
Dalton State College, Georgia

Published 2018-12-21


  • Secondary,
  • teacher preparation,
  • teacher knowledge,
  • survey data,
  • capstone course


The structures of secondary mathematics teacher preparation (SMTP) programs in the United States are not well documented. This study sought to identify baseline data for SMTP programs. Survey data was collected from 86 different institutions regarding their SMTP programs. Results indicated that most SMTP programs are housed in mathematics departments, with programs often producing less than 10 teachers per year.  Additionally, four-year SMTP programs were most common, with nearly all requiring a teaching methods course as well as clinical experiences. Tenure or tenure-track faculty did most student teaching supervision. Half of the participating institutions reported having a capstone course.