College of Arts and Sciences

BA in Mathematics - Secondary Education

If you love math and want to teach, you can work in a classroom your very first semester. We have two magnet schools located on campus, so you can hone your teaching skills at both the elementary and secondary levels. These experiences will lead to:

  • Internships
  • Professional apprenticeships
  • Student teaching
Program Announcement
The University of Hartford is no longer accepting applications to the BA in Mathematics with Certification in Secondary Education program. Students who are currently enrolled in the program will have the opportunity to complete their degree.

About the Major


The Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with Certification in Secondary Education includes a balanced program of rigorous mathematics content and practical teaching knowledge. Teaching expertise is developed through several semesters of progressively challenging and diverse K-12 public school clinical experiences.

Degree Requirements  

The program requires you to complete 48-49 credits in Mathematics, and 33 credits of Professional Education courses within the University’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions.

For more information, and to see a complete list of degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

Required Courses

Examples of Mathematics requirements include:

  • Calculus of Several Variables
  • History of Mathematics  
  • Introductory Analysis  
  • Foundations of Geometry  
  • Examples of Education requirements include:
  • Introduction to Education: Schooling and Human Services  
  • Differentiated Instruction  
  • Reading in the Content Areas  
  • Effective Teaching I: The Student in the Secondary Classroom  

For more information, and to see a complete list of degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with Certification in Secondary Education candidates will:  

  • Know, understand and apply the process of mathematical problem solving.
  • Reason, construct, and evaluate mathematical arguments and develop an appreciation for mathematical rigor and inquiry.  
  • Communicate their mathematical thinking orally and in writing to peers, faculty and others.
  • Recognize, use, and make connections between and among mathematical ideas and in contexts outside mathematics to build mathematical understanding.
  • Use varied representations of mathematical ideas to support and deepen students mathematical understanding.
  • Demonstrate computational proficiency, including a conceptual understanding of numbers, ways of representing number, relationships among number and number systems, and the meaning of operations.
  • Emphasize relationships among quantities including functions, ways of representing mathematical relationships, and the analysis of change.
  • Use spatial visualization and geometric modeling to explore and analyze geometric shapes, structures, and their properties.
  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of limit, continuity, differentiation, and integration and a thorough background in techniques and application of the calculus.
  • Apply the fundamental ideas of discrete mathematics in the formulation and solution of problems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of concepts and practices related to data analysis, statistics, and probability.
  • Apply and use measurement concepts and tools.

Peter Graywacz

Mathematics, Certification in Secondary Education, '20

Just a few months after graduating, Peter Graywacz is realizing that dream as a ninth-grade algebra teacher at Classical Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut. Although he never expected to begin his career during a pandemic, he says he was able to make that transition due to the opportunities he had for hands-on student teaching beginning in his first semester.

Graywacz says he knew he wanted to become a Mathematics teacher at an early age. He attributes his success to the Mathematics department faculty, including Professor Larissa Schroeder who is the director of the Mathematics Secondary Education Program.

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Each experience gave me an opportunity to discover more about myself and how I would teach and prepared me by giving opportunities to practice teaching in the classroom.

The Mathematics Secondary Education program is superb. Students learn higher mathematics from excellent professors and are immediately placed in middle schools or high schools to gain valuable field experience. Dr. Schroeder has been an exceptional mentor throughout my four years, encouraging me to assist her in qualitative research as well as helping to write engaging lesson plans.

Kochava Krieger ’17, Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with Certification in Secondary Education

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