Have you always had a passion for mathematics while imagining yourself working in a classroom setting? Do you feel you want to share your love of mathematics with others and perhaps teach the same appreciation you have for the beauty and simultaneous complexity and simplicity of mathematics to others? With a focus on those students who wish to become teachers or work in education in general, the Mathematics for Education major prepares you for the realities and exigencies of today’s classroom setting. Focused on developing core mathematics skills and approaches to education, you will build on pure theory courses with electives in fields far removed from mathematics aimed at broadening your horizons as a teacher and a mathematician.
Career Options in Mathematics for Education
Below is a sample list of some future choices to explore following studies in Mathematics for Education. This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers a Mathematics for Education degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of Mathematics for Education than others.
- Adult Education Teacher
- Business Advisor
- Child Development Specialist
- Children’s Rights Advocate
- Community Educator
- Corporate Strategist
- Computer Coding Specialist
- Early Childhood Educator
- Education Policy Consultant
- Financial Analyst
- Financial Crimes Investigator
- Financial Mediator
- Financial Risk Analyst
- Government Agency Worker
- Guidance Counsellor
- Investment Fund Manager
- Magazine Contributor
- Market Researcher
- Media Correspondent
- Non-Profit Administrator
- Operations Manager
- Policy Advisor
- Project Manager
- Social Worker
- Social Program Director
- Special Needs Educator
- Textbook Contributor
Note: It is important to remember that some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above please consult the Career Cruising website, available to York University students using their Passport York account through https://passportyork.yorku.ca/ppylogin/ppylogin. You can also visit the National Occupational Classification website, available at www.hrsdc.gc.ca/noc.
Skills Developed through an Information Technology Degree
A background in Mathematics for Education ensures that you develop the skills and mindset to tackle many different professional challenges. Here are just a few of the skills a Mathematics for Education degree can help you develop:
Core Mathematics for Education Skills
- Solid comprehension of mathematical concepts and theories most often addressed in mathematics classrooms in schools in Canada.
- Exposure to concepts and practices in contemporary education in Canada that will prepare your for real life situations in the classroom.
Communication, Data Gathering and Organizational Skills
- The ability to present your thoughts clearly and intelligently in written statements and written opinion pieces
- Deduction of information from various sources and the ability to concentrate on relevant resources
- The ability to organize, understand and analyze sources of information and to apply novel forms of technology or new information to different professional settings and tasks
- The ability to explain complex ideas clearly to others and to apply complex theoretical concepts to everyday practice and professional dilemmas
- The skills to collect various types of information, assess them, analyze and incorporate potential linkages from different fields, put them into writing and efficiently convey your message and the goal of your work
Management and Teamwork
- The capacity to lead and interact with a variety of people with different approaches and personal and professional backgrounds
- Skills enabling you to work effectively in group situations, partaking in decision-making, leading and contributing in various capacities to the ultimate success of the team and task
- The ability to debate, persuade, mediate and present your thoughts and opinions to others, as well as the capacity to recognize and incorporate other potential solutions or applications to given problems
- The capability to identify priorities and proper courses of action, to plan the execution of tasks and to determine and delegate responsibilities to group members to most effectively carry out projects
Professional Associations and Organizations
Knowing the industry and how to excel in it after receiving a degree are key elements of future success. University study sets up the building blocks you will need to develop and enhance your understanding and knowledge in your career. Being part of a professional organization or network and gaining further insight through training are excellent ways of increasing your knowledge of the field. The following is a selection of organizations related to the field of Mathematics for Education that you may want to visit as you research career options for Mathematics for Education graduates.