# What does one need to teach Mathematics in American schools with a BSc Mathematics degree?

I'm graduating with a math degree next year (BSc Maths - more theoretical than applied) from an African university, and am going to the US next year to visit a friend for a few months. However, I'd like to do something to make a little money while he's at work/school - particularly in Maths.

What can I do with this qualification in the US?

Could I teach high school kids or primary kids? What am I qualified to do? I'd really rather not end up waiting tables at McDonalds or whatever it is that people end up having to do..

Also I want to figure out, during my time there, exactly what I want to do with my maths education and I am really interested in learning what schooling systems work/don't work, all over the world.

Would I need to do additional studying to gain access to this career?

• This might be a good resource to look at: education.uky.edu/AcadServ/content/…. – Cameron Williams Sep 30 '13 at 15:15
• A degree in mathematics generally cannot be used to teach primary (below middle school) because the math they learn in those grades is very sample, and the kids don't have a specialized "math teacher" yet in those early grades – TBrendle Sep 30 '13 at 16:11
• Thank you, @CameronWilliams. That was very helpful! – Siyanda Sep 30 '13 at 16:12
• Note that while you are visiting on a tourist visa (which is my assumption), you cannot seek employment opportunities. Even if you get a job interview, you have to exit and re-enter the US. You can't work (even at McDonalds) unless you have a work visa (and they won't issue you a work visa to for McDonalds). You could tutor students, as that is an underground market in most countries. – Calvin Lin Sep 30 '13 at 20:09
• Thank you very much @CalvinLin. I'm usually very clueless about all this visa business... – Siyanda Oct 2 '13 at 19:17

Almost universally, to teach in a public school (and virtually all private schools) one needs to obtain teaching certification within the state one wants to teach, and almost universally, this requires successful completion of a teacher education program. At many Universities, you can earn "post-bachelor" certification in math (secondary level), provided you have a bachelor's degree in math, and/or have completed a degree with the required math one usually completes if earning a degree to teach math at the secondary school level. These post-bachelor certification programs typically run $1 - 2$ years, largely comprised of education focused coursework and courses in teaching methodology, in addition to a semester of full-time, supervised "student teaching". (Some two-year programs also include a combination of "teacher-certification" requirements, and the coursework required to earn, additionally, a master's degree in teaching.)