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Guiding Principles for Secondary Mathematics Teacher Preparation Programs

The goal of the MTE-Partnership is to transform the preparation of secondary mathematics teachers to ensure teacher candidates promote mathematical excellence in their future students, leading to college and career readiness as described in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and other documents.

The Guiding Principles for Secondary Mathematics Teacher Preparation Programs describe a shared vision to be explored and refined by the MTE­‐Partnership and others involved in preparing secondary mathematics teachers by:

  1. Building a national consensus on what effective secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs need to do in order to develop teacher candidates who promote mathematical excellence in their future students;
     
  2. Enhancing communication among the partners involved in a secondary mathematics teacher preparation program in order to clarify program goals, to assess the effectiveness of the program, and to guide program development and revision;
     
  3. Serving as the framework for an emerging national research and development agenda related to secondary teacher mathematics preparation; and
     
  4. Helping to organize the identification, development, and dissemination of resources supporting effective secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs.

Principles are separated into three sections. The first focuses on partnerships that undergird secondary mathematics teacher preparation that form a shared vision to be explored and refined by the MTE‐Partnership and others involved in preparing secondary mathematics teachers in order to meet this goal. A second section outlines priorities for action, based on these guiding principles, and the knowledge and skills that secondary mathematics teacher candidates should develop. The third section addresses the support structures that are necessary for successful programs. More-detailed descriptions of each guiding principle and its indicators, including sample practices, measures, and priorities for action can be found here.