An Initial Investigation into the Mathematical Background of Those Who Pass the CSET for Mathematics

  • Jorgen Berglund CSU, Chico


Faced with a chronic shortage of single subject mathematics teachers and a directive from the federal legislation No Child Left Behind to ensure that all students are taught by highly qualified teachers, California instituted a new subject-matter competency exam, the California Subject Exam for Teachers for Mathematics, and created a new Single Subject Credential in Foundational-Level Mathematics. An initial investigation indicates that many teacher candidates who have passed the CSET and entered single subject mathematics credential programs have taken few university-level mathematics classes, raising the question of whether they have the appropriate mathematical content knowledge to teach secondary mathematics.

Author Biography

Jorgen Berglund, CSU, Chico
Associate Professor Department of Mathematics and Statistics