Postgraduate courses in Mathematics Teaching

Do you have mathematical skills? Do you have the ability to stand in front of a class and teach, guide and encourage students? Are you a confident person with the ability to be organised and implement effective teaching strategies?

If you think you’re destined to be a teacher then this could be the area for you. Have a look at the information below and see if one of these postgraduate courses might be for you.  

Being a mathematics teacher?

As a maths teacher your main responsibility is to deliver maths lessons and give students the opportunity and information to develop their theoretical and applied maths skills. Like a teacher of any subject, you will plan lessons, assign homework, grade exams and quizzes and keep documentation and updates of student’s progress.

Your main tasks include planning and presenting maths lessons, understanding how to apply effective mathematical concepts in the classroom, prepare and distribute learning materials, gather and source supplies and ideas for lessons, ensure organisation when it comes to setting exams and quizzes while also grading and correcting work done by students. 

As a teacher it is also important that you keep up to date on the students progress and similarly, can identify where students may be struggling and implement different ways and means of helping those students that may be struggling. You will be expected to attend meetings and keep up to date with new curriculum changes and more. You will also have to attend parent teacher meetings. 

You will work Monday-Friday normal school hours unless you are a substitute teacher then you may be expected to be a bit more flexible with your time.  

Courses

There are quite a number of music courses to choose from across the UK. Some courses offer the opportunity to study part time and full time and under current Covid-19 restriction, some universities may have their own plans. It is important to research a specific course in full.

PGCE Secondary – Mathematics (English Medium)

Postgraduate courses such as this one will help you to understand how children and adolescents learn as well as learning about their cognitive development. You will gain all the necessary skills and requirements necessary to teach maths and meet a high standard to teach in the UK. You will also take on school placement to apply your theory practically and become familiar with working in the area. 

Mathematics Education 

A postgraduate course in Mathematics Education aims to develop mathematics teachers in the UK as well as developing your pedagogical skills and mathematical skills as well as drawing on mathematical strategies used in teaching. It is a course that is fully online and will help you to increase your ability when it comes to teaching maths, lesson planning, coming up with ideas, applying different concepts and more. You will also do your own dissertation project. 

There are a number of courses available in this area. Many have the same title but may differ in their exact content and modules. Other courses include a number of courses under the title of PGCE Secondary Mathematics and Secondary Mathematics.

Entry requirements 

Each course may differ in their specific entry requirements, however, most require an honours  degree (2.2 or above). Some courses may prefer a 2.1 honours degree while others require a 2.1. Some will also request an honours degree in a relevant field  while others will accept any form of an honours degree. 

Salary 

Your salary in this area will depend on multiple variables such as your employment type, your experience and sometimes your location can also play a role in teaching jobs. If you are a secondary mathematics teacher you will earn around £31,800. ENtry level positions will be lower but as you gain experience they will rise. You can earn anything between £30,000-£45,700 throughout your career. All figures are based on estimates and are intended to be used as a guide only. 

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Skills and requirements

Skills and requirements helpful in this area include:

  • Mathematical ability
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Attention to detail 
  • Observation skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Confidence 
  • The ability to teach 
  • Leadership skills
  • Good planning skills
  • Organisation skills
  • Excellent verbal skills

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