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College of Education

Secondary Education Mathematics Minor

What will I study?

This minor will allow you to spend time in high schools learning about methods of teaching mathematics and how young people learn. You will also have opportunities to work with young students to help them achieve their learning goals.


What kinds of work will I be able to do?

If you take an additional three mathematics courses (see below for course work descriptions), and complete the one-year Masters in Teaching program, you will be ready to earn a license to teach grades 9-12.


Required Course Work

Prerequisite Courses:
MATH 141 – Calculus I.
Functions, limits, derivatives, introduction to integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, applications of derivatives and integrals.

MATH 142—Calculus II.  Methods of integration, sequences and series, approximations.

MATH 241—Vector Calculus. Vector algebra, geometry of three-dimensional space; lines, planes, and curves in space; polar, cylindrical, and spherical coordinate systems; partial differentiation, max-min theory; multiple and iterated integration, line integrals, and Green’s theorem in the plane.

MATH 300. Transition to Advanced Mathematics. Rigor of mathematical thinking and proof writing via logic, sets, and functions. Intended to bridge the gap between lower-level (computational-based) and upper-level (proof-based) mathematics courses.


Please Note:

  • Statistics majors must complete MATH 546/701I and MATH 531 either within the bachelor’s degree or the M.T. degree.
  • Engineering Science majors must complete MATH 531 and 546 within the bachelor’s degree.


Required Courses:
EDFI 300 - Schools In Communities.
This course explores social, political, and historical aspects of diverse educational institutions in American culture with an emphasis on families, schools, and communities.

EDSE 302 - Teachers and Teaching. This course explores teaching as reflective and ethical practice, professional standards, teacher leadership and school change, and various roles of professional educators.

EDPY 401 - Human Growth and Development. This course shares an overview of psychological theories and research as it applies to education, including theories of learning, child and adolescent development, cognitive processes, classroom practices, individual differences/student diversity, and motivation.

EDSE 500 - Equity and Community Engagement. This course offers field-based inquiry into theories of critical multicultural education, culturally relevant and equity pedagogies with an emphasis on middle/high school students and engaging parents and the larger school community.


Additional Course (3 hours):
Select one of the following:

MATH 531 - Foundations of Geometry.  The study of geometry as a logical system based upon postulates and undefined terms. The fundamental concepts and relations of Euclidean geometry developed rigorously on the basis of a set of postulates. Some topics from non-Euclidean geometry.

MATH 546 - Algebraic Structures I. Permutation groups; abstract groups; introduction to algebraic structures through study of subgroups, quotient groups, homomorphisms, isomorphisms, direct product; decompositions; introduction to rings and fields.

MATH 554 - Analysis I. Least upper bound axiom, the real numbers, compactness, sequences, continuity, uniform continuity, differentiation, Riemann integral and fundamental theorem of calculus. (Note: MATH 554 has an additional pre-requisite beyond the required courses for the minor.)

For more information about curriculum or program requirements, please visit the academic bulletin.