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

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.

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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  

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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.

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

I am thankful that I can still experience higher-end math classes and further my learning while still being able to pursue the field of education. I don’t ever feel stuck in my learning, and I get to enjoy a firsthand experience of teaching in classrooms.

Peter Graywacz ‘20, Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with Certification in Secondary Education

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