According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly half-a-million new teachers will be needed by 2018.  Two of the subject areas where teachers are needed most are mathematics and science, a fact highlighted in the President’s 2011 State of the Union Address where he called for the training of 100,000 new, highly qualified science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers over the next 10 years.  OSU is a recognized leader in STEM education with its unique partnership between the Colleges of Science and Education that leads to cutting edge research and programs that are designed to prepare highly qualified teachers equipped to thrive in today’s classrooms.

STEM Options at OSU

Oregon allows for multiple endorsements in both mathematics (basic mathematics and advanced mathematics) and science (biology, chemistry, physics, and integrated science) across both middle and high school levels.  If you have a strong mathematics or science background and are interested in becoming a middle or high school teacher, OSU has three distinct options:

  1. Double Degree – This program at OSU's main campus in Corvallis is for undergraduates who would like to earn both a content degree (biology, mathematics, etc.) and a degree in education while pursuing their initial teaching license.  Students can be authorized at either the middle or high school level and earn one endorsement.  This program leads to a bachelor’s degree in education.  Teachers will need to earn a Master’s degree to teach in Oregon within their first six years of employment.  Click through to learn more about OSU’s Double Degree program!

  2. Professional Teacher Education in Mathematics or Science Master’s Program (PTE-MS).  This program is at OSU's main campus in Corvallis and is designed for students with strong backgrounds and degrees in their subject area.  Students earn a Master’s in Science (M.S.) degree, authorizations at both middle and high school levels, and one or more authorizations in mathematics or science.  This is a unique program focusing solely on mathematics and science teaching taught by content specialists.  Click through to learn more about the PTE-MS program!

  3. OSU-Cascades MAT in Science or Mathematics. This graduate program, taught entirely at OSU-Cascades in Bend, is designed for students with strong backgrounds and degrees in their subject area. Students earn a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree, authorizations at both middle and high school levels, and endorsements in either advanced mathematics or integrated science.  Click through to learn more about the OSU-Cascades MAT program.

Career Resources

Science teacher professional organizations

Mathematics teacher professional organizations