ERIC Number: ED368428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-7
Guidelines for the Academic Preparation of Mathematics Faculty at Two-Year Colleges.
American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.
Addressed to two-year college professionals responsible for staffing and evaluating mathematics programs and university personnel responsible for programs that prepare college mathematics teachers, this document provides recommendations for training effective community college mathematics faculty adopted by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. Following a statement of purpose and discussion of the factors that motivated the development of the guidelines, recommendations for the formal preparation of mathematics faculty are provided. These guidelines indicate that the minimum requirements of full- and part-time faculty should be at least a master's degree in mathematics or a related field with at least 18 semester hours in graduate-level mathematics; that the standard preparation of full-time instructors should be at least 30 semester hours toward a master's degree, with secondary or collegiate teaching experience; and that mathematics faculty should continue formal advanced coursework towards Doctor of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, or a second master's degree. Next, essential areas of mathematical and pedagogical content are outlined, indicating that course work should include discrete mathematics, computer science, calculus, algebra, and geometry, as well as the psychology of learning mathematics, techniques of mathematics instruction, and mathematics for adult learners and special needs students. Finally, closing sections discuss the role of continuing education in faculty preparation and part-time mathematics faculty. Contains 17 references and a course outline for college mathematics faculty preparation. (ECC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.
Note: Approved by the AMATYC Delegate Assembly (Indianpolis, IN, November 7, 1992).