Mathematics Endorsement

University of Oregon College of Education UOTeach student teacher and mentor

Math teachers are in demand! Annually across the US, the majority of states reported a critical shortage of qualified math teachers to the US Department of Education. 

Math teachers can be a change agent to students who demystify and expand career connections in the world of math. Math capabilities can be a social justice issue that can be overcome with the right learning opportunities. Our math endorsement candidates’ learn how to make this difference. Our program aims to arm our pre-service math teachers with critical curriculum and math based instructional expertise that leaves them adept at supporting and improving student-learning in math. 

Applicants to the Mathematics Endorsement typically come from the following undergraduate majors, or equivalents to:

  • Math
  • Computer Science
  • Statistics
  • Economics

UOTeach offers advanced and foundational mathematics endorsement options for individuals with strong academic preparation.

As a graduate student you will take instructional methods courses with teacher experts, 34-weeks of field-based public-school practicum with outstanding math faculty and mentor teachers, and develop integrated and equitable approaches to serving the diverse learning needs of students from different sociocultural communities.


Program Features

  • Mathematics instructional methods courses with teacher experts
  • 34-weeks of field-based, public-school practicum with outstanding math faculty and mentor teachers
  • An integrated and equitable approach to serving the diverse learning needs of students from different sociocultural communities
  • 4-term post-baccalaureate program leading to a master's degree in education and licensure
  • In-program support for completing requirements for adding additional endorsements (of your choice) to your license 

Pre-Program Content Preparation for Admissions

The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSCP) recommends the following content area academic preparation:

Advanced Mathematics

Applicants are expected to have expertise in college-level mathematics including:

  • patterns
  • algebra and functions
  • mathematical processes and number sense
  • measurement and geometry
  • trigonometry 
  • calculus
  • statistics
  • probability
  • discreet mathematics

Applicants will be required to submit the advanced mathematics academic preparation form listing courses from their undergraduate and/or post-baccalaureate transcript that align with state standards for advanced mathematics. 

An advanced mathematics endorsement is designed to develop competence for teaching all levels of middle and high school math curriculum. 

Advanced Mathematics Academic Preparation Form 


Foundational (Middle School) Mathematics

Applicants are expected to have expertise in college-level mathematics including:

  • number sense and operations
  • mathematical processes and number sense
  • measurement and geometry
  • algebra and functions
  • computer sciences

Applicants will be required to submit the advanced mathematics academic preparation form listing courses from their undergraduate and/or post-baccalaureate transcript that align with state standards for foundational mathematics. 

Endorsement allows for teaching middle school levels including Algebra I.

Foundational Math Academic Preparation Form


Entrance Subject Area Test Requirement

UOTeach requires a passing Oregon Educator Licensing Assessment (NES/ORELA) math test for admissions.

Applicants who take and pass the advanced math NES/ORELA do not need to take the foundational math NES/ORELA test.

Applicants are encouraged to take the mathematics test early in the application process.

The test may be taken on campus or at any other testing facility available through NES/ORELA. The test may be taken multiple times but admission cannot be finalized without a passing score.

Advanced Mathematics #304 ORELA Entrance Test: Passing Score = 220

or

Foundational (Middle School) Mathematics #203 ORELA Entrance Test: Passing = 220 (See test framework)

Your official results are not required (although preferred) for the January application deadline. Scores obtained after the deadline should be emailed to UOTeach@uoregon.edu asap.

Looking for Study Materials?

The UO Library has ORELA study guides. Materials can also be requested through the library Summit network system. From the UO website, go to UO Library and type Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments in the Library Search. If books are not available on campus, you can “Place a Summit Request” through the Interlibrary Loan (ILL). If you have questions call 541-346-3055 or email ill@uoregon.edu. Books are typically available for six days.

Testing Fee Waiver

Students on financial aid can apply to NES for a test fee waiver. This process takes several weeks and must be completed prior to registering for the test.

Complete the fee waiver application and bring it to your Financial Aid office for process.

UOTeach does not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).