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Mission and philosophy

The Single Subject Matter Preparation (SSMP) Program in Mathematics at California State University San Marcos provides credential candidates with the mathematical training required to become successful secondary school teachers.


The Single Subject Matter Preparation Program in Mathematics at CSUSM is grounded in the belief that an effective teacher of mathematics is one who possesses a solid understanding of Mathematics, who enjoys and appreciates its beauty and utility, and has the ability to enthusiastically communicate mathematical concepts with clarity. To achieve this, the program provides students with a sequence of courses that allows them to move from a mastery of skills and knowledge to a deep understanding of the mathematical ideas behind most of the material they will be called upon to teach in secondary schools.