Each program includes a general and a professional component. The general education component consists of courses and experiences in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and physical education that promote knowledge and enhance interests associated with a broadly educated person. The professional component consists of four areas:
Pedagogical content-area knowledge, educational context knowledge, and content-area knowledge are emphasized in the preparation of mathematics and science teachers at NCSU.
General and professional knowledge is insufficient for preparation as a teacher. Students must also practice using the knowledge in the appropriate setting. The field experiences in the program provide the opportunity for on-the-job training culminating in the student teaching component.
Students in Mathematics and/or Science programs specialize at the middle school level (grades 6-9) or at the high school level (grades 9-12). These programs lead to certification in these areas.