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I will be beginning my first year of university in the upcoming September, where I am enrolled in Concurrent Teacher Education/Science-Mathematics (in essence, it is a 5-year program, 4 of which is a B.A. or B.Sc. and 1 is the B.Ed. [teacher's college]). So, I am preparing my timetable for the upcoming course selection. However, I am having some difficulty in such decisions.

To start, my main interest is mathematics and teaching (specifically intermediate). I am allowed to choose from either doing a specialist in Mathematics, Mathematics and its Applications, or Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Similarly, I am allowed to do a total of two majors instead, or a major and two minors. In summary, I have been thinking of the following paths: a specialist in Math. or a major in Math. and a major in either Physical Sciences or Physics and Astrophysics (currently 'physics' is my second teachable, math. my first).

One problem is I don't really know the consequences of choosing the former (specialist in Math.) over the latter (double major), specifically its effect on me getting a job in secondary school teaching. I personally imagine a double major would make me more versatile and open more opportunities. However, I also see a specialist resulting in myself being, well, more specialized in math., making me more valuable and so forth. Continuing, in the problem description, the specialist in math. would be great for those who may wish to go into research, which is certainly something I would also love to do.

So, any information and guidance onto the consequences between the two paths related to my hopeful future in secondary school teaching and my ability to go further in my education if I so decide would be great.

Also, in regard to a major in Physical Sciences and Physics and Astrophysics, can anyone give a concrete difference? The only difference I can really find is that in first year for Physical Sciences you have to take intro chemistry; after that, the courses are about the same.

Much appreciation!

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# Becoming a Teacher: Specialist or Two Majors?

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