Department of Mathematical Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Kettler Hall 200 ~ 260-481-6821 ~ www.ipfw.edu/math
The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:
- Students who complete the undergraduate Mathematics Teaching major should be able to reason mathematically and should be good problem solvers. Students should understand the role mathematics has played in solving important problems in a variety of disciplines, e.g., physics, engineering, and business.
- Students who complete the Mathematics Teaching major should have mastered the fundamental concepts necessary to obtain certification to teach mathematics in the secondary schools.
The B.S. program provides the mathematical preparation necessary for teaching secondary-school mathematics in Indiana and is designed to meet standards for teacher certification. Information on additional requirements for teacher certification is available in the department office. You are encouraged to choose and complete a teaching minor.
To earn a B.S. with a major in mathematics teaching, you must satisfy the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8 ), the College of Arts and Sciences (see Part 4 ), and the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Required course work appears below. (Note that you are not required to include foreign-language study.)
You should work closely with your academic advisor when choosing free electives and courses to meet the IPFW general-education requirements so as to ensure completion of the certification requirements set by the Indiana Professional Standards Board for teacher certification. Full information about teacher certification is available from the School of Education. To be certified, you must have a GPA of 2.00 or higher in the College of Arts and Sciences’ general-education distribution areas of humanities and social and behavioral sciences. Additionally, you must have a GPA of 2.50 or higher in your teaching major of mathematical sciences and the professional education courses listed below and an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher. Each professional education course must be completed with a grade of C or better.
Prior to your junior year, the School of Education requires that you successfully complete EDUA F300, EDUC W200/M101, and EDUC K201 and the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) before admission to the teacher education program. The PRAXIS II Specialty Area Exam must be completed before or during the student-teaching semester, normally in your senior year.