I want to pursue graduate studies in Mathematics (possibly statistics), but

**my BA has insufficient math credits**for me to be accepted into any such program.

I am

**debating between earning a second BA in Mathematics**and then sending applications to PhD programs or earning math credits as a non-degree seeker and then applying for

**a masters program so that I can then apply to PhD programs**.

My constraints are time and money -as anyone else, I suppose. Except that I am already pretty mature, and if I take too long, it will be difficult to find work. Plus I am indebted for my B.A. as is. Also, right now, my only feasible options are online studies.

My overall goal and aspiration is first and foremost:

**I want to teach at the collegiate level**.

*. As for the research aspect of professorship, I love learning, and I enjoy mathematics so I'm sure that on my way to completing a PhD I would be able to find some intriguing questions I would enjoy devoting my time to.*

I taught H.S. Math for 3 years, admittedly, under-qualified. Even so, I'd like to think I did a decent job. My style was to never teach a single formula but to ask my students the right questions that would lead them finding solution methods. I never had to teach beyond trigonometry, so I had mastery of what I was teaching.

In the process of refining my ability to ask the right questions, I realized that even though I had taken College Calculus and Matrix Algebra (immediately irrelevant to what I was teaching) I had to reteach myself the material I was responsible for -in a way different from the rote approach I was brought up in. It was in this training phase that I discovered that I enjoy mathematics.

I am currently teaching English abroad in a college; along with speaking I am teaching the equivalent of English 101 Composition. I enjoy this as well. In fact, this is how I've discovered that I want to teach at the collegiate level. I am competitive for the teaching position I have now, abroad. But if/when I am ready to go back home -stateside, even if I pursued graduate studies, competition would be terribly fierce.

And so I am at the point where I know that I want to teach in a college or university. As for the subject to teach, I think mathematics should allow me to be more competitive than English, especially ESL. I am particularly contemplating statistics because I would like to be more marketable than if I have a pure or applied mathematics degree, should I fail to achieve a tenure track position in a university

I taught H.S. Math for 3 years, admittedly, under-qualified. Even so, I'd like to think I did a decent job. My style was to never teach a single formula but to ask my students the right questions that would lead them finding solution methods. I never had to teach beyond trigonometry, so I had mastery of what I was teaching.

In the process of refining my ability to ask the right questions, I realized that even though I had taken College Calculus and Matrix Algebra (immediately irrelevant to what I was teaching) I had to reteach myself the material I was responsible for -in a way different from the rote approach I was brought up in. It was in this training phase that I discovered that I enjoy mathematics.

I am currently teaching English abroad in a college; along with speaking I am teaching the equivalent of English 101 Composition. I enjoy this as well. In fact, this is how I've discovered that I want to teach at the collegiate level. I am competitive for the teaching position I have now, abroad. But if/when I am ready to go back home -stateside, even if I pursued graduate studies, competition would be terribly fierce.

And so I am at the point where I know that I want to teach in a college or university. As for the subject to teach, I think mathematics should allow me to be more competitive than English, especially ESL. I am particularly contemplating statistics because I would like to be more marketable than if I have a pure or applied mathematics degree, should I fail to achieve a tenure track position in a university

*Sorry for the lengthy post -I might have gotten carried away in my efforts to being clear and thorough.*