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Teaching Certification

Swarthmore offers teacher certification in mathematics through a program approved by the state of Pennsylvania and administered by the College's Educational Studies Department. Such certification can be easily transferred to many other states.  Students seeking certification in mathematics should take one course from each of the following categories:

  • First semester calculus (Math 015)
  • Second semester calculus (Math 025/026)
  • Linear Algebra (Math 027/028)
  • Multivariable Calculus (Math 033/034/035)
  • Discrete mathematics (Math 029 or 069);
  • Geometry (Math 065);
  • Modern Algebra (Math 067)
  • Statistics/Probability (Stat 011, 021, 051, 061, or 111)

Students may be able to use other math/stat courses as substitutes for the ones listed above; however, any substitutions require approval from both Educational Studies and from Mathematics/Statistics.   More details can be found here and from the Educational Studies Department.

Students seeking certification are strongly advised to take further mathematics or statistics courses emphasizing modeling and applications and/or to take at least one course in the natural or social sciences in which mathematics or statistics is significantly used. They are also highly encouraged to work as a clinician, pi-rate, or muse or to do individual tutoring for a semester. To receive certification, a student must receive a grade of C or better in all  courses taken from the Mathematics/Statistics Department.