Mathematics and Secondary Education Major

The Major in Mathematics and Secondary Education is a program designed for and limited to students enrolled in the College of Education's teacher education program who are seeking certification at the middle and high school level and who wish to pursue mathematics as their content major.

The Mathematics and Secondary Education major program prepares students to become middle and high school mathematics teachers with strong backgrounds in mathematics and pedagogy. Graduates will be well prepared to become effective, caring teachers who will bring vision, focus and leadership to their schools.

The core curriculum requirements for education majors, and the university and state requirements for teacher certification, are described in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Students planning to complete the certification requirements in secondary mathematics should consult with Dr. Kim Factor or Dr. Marta Magiera, as well as with an adviser in the College of Education.

Course Requirements

In order to satisfy subject matter requirements, the thirty-nine hours of mathematics are: MATH 1450, 1451, 2450, 2350, 3100, 4030, 4040, 4120, 4420, 4630, 4670 or 4700, 4720 (or with consent of the department's Teacher Education Committee, 4300 or 4320).

In addition COSC 1010, MATH 2032, and MATH 4020 are required. MATH 4020 must be completed before student teaching. MATH 4020 is included in the "Professional Education Sequence" and cannot be used to fulfill the 39-hour requirement in mathematics.

Student teaching

  1. EDUC 4965, Student Teaching, is usually completed in the last semester of a student's program. Students must apply and be approved by the Office of Teacher Education to student teach.
  2. Pre-requisites for approval for student teaching are:
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.
    • A mathematics average of at least 2.75. Courses with grades of C- or lower do not fulfill the requirements for majors or minors. Courses with these grades must be repeated or replaced with other courses. Either way, the C- is not counted.