B.S. Degree in Mathematics Education {20-21}

B.S. Degree in Mathematics Education

The B.S. Degree in Mathematics Education will prepare students for a career as a secondary education teacher in Mathematics. The program includes 46 credits in Mathematics, starting with the Calculus sequence. These courses include ones that are core to any Mathematics major as well as ones that are specific to Mathematics Education. Additionally, 36 credits of courses that are core to any Secondary Education major are required. Every Mathematics major at Minnesota State University Moorhead requires a sequence of upper level courses. In the case of the Mathematics Education major, that sequence is Math 416 and the capstone experience of student teaching. To receive the B.S. Degree in Mathematics Education, the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program. Completion of 120 credits and a 2.5 GPA or higher is required to graduate with this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core (42 credits) and Secondary Teaching Licensure Education requirements (36 credits). Teacher licensure requirements must be met in order to receive a secondary teaching license in the state of Minnesota.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theory and applications of Calculus.
  • Apply technology to solving problems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write and analyze proof and/or use models to make real world predictions.
  • Demonstrate an ability to precisely communicate ideas orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the breadth of mathematics and its deep interconnecting principles.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to solve multi-step problems and perform complex tasks.
  • Demonstrate the mathematical skills and knowledge to facilitate a life of ongoing and independent learning. 

Core Requirements ( 79 credits )

MATH 260 Computer Calculus (1)
MATH 261 Calculus I (4)
MATH 262 Calculus II (4)
MATH 311 Introduction to Proof and Abstract Mathematics (3)
MATH 316 Teaching Mathematics in the Middle Grades (3)
MATH 323 Multi-Variable and Vector Calculus (4)
MATH 327 Introduction to Linear Algebra (3)
MATH 335 Intermediate Probability and Statistics I (4)
MATH 361 Intermediate Analysis I (4)
MATH 416 Mathematics in the Secondary School (3)
MATH 476 Abstract Algebra I (4)
MATH 486 History of Mathematics (3) or
MATH 386 Eureka! A History of Mathematical Ideas (3)
MATH 487 Foundations of Geometry (3)
Total: 43 credits

Secondary Education Licensure Requirements
Students must earn at least a C- or higher in all licensure coursework.

AMCS 233 Education and Multicultural America (3)
COMM 100 Speech Communication (3)
ED 205 Introduction to Education (3)
ED 294 Educational Psychology (3)
ED 310 Social Foundations of Education (3)
ED 498 The Professional Teacher in the Classroom (3)
ED 448 Reading Study Skills in the Content Areas (3)
ED 461S Student Teaching: Secondary (12) or
ED 460S Student Teaching: Secondary (6) and
EECE 480E Student Teaching: Elementary (6) or
ED 461V Student Teaching: Secondary/K-12 (12)
SPED 225 Individuals with Exceptionalities (3)
Total: 36 credits

Program Requirements

Teacher licensure requirements must be met in order to receive a secondary teaching license in the state of Minnesota. The MN Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board information can be found HERE.

Information on MSUM Teacher Licensure can be found HERE.

Restricted Electives ( 3 credits )

Students must take three elective credits in mathematics. These electives must be at the 300 level or higher and may not include Math 302, 303, 304, or 406.