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  Oct 18, 2017
2014-2015 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Mathematics Teaching (B.S.)

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Program: B.S.
Department of Mathematical Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Kettler Hall 200 ~ 260-481-6821 ~

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.)

Prior to your junior year, the Department of Educational Studies requires that you successfully complete EDUC F200, EDUC W200, and EDUC K306 and the Pearson Core Academic Subject Assessment (CASA) or approved alternative before admission to the professional education program. You must also establish a minimum 2.70 GPA in a Departmentally-designated list of courses and a 2.70 cumulative GPA for admission to this program. The Peason CORE content exam must be taken before the student teaching semester. You must apply for student teaching one year in advance of the semester you plan to student teach. You must also pass the Pearson pedagogy exam for Secondary Education, pass the CORE content exam, and achieve a 3.00 GPA in the Departmentally-designated list of courses and a 3.00 cumulative GPA to obtain the teaching license. For more information on these and other requirements, please contact the College of Education and Public Policy, EPIC Office, in Neff Hall 243, 260-481-6449.

Departmentally-designated list:


IPFW General Education Requirements Credits: 33

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Core and Concentration (Major) Courses

Of the mathematics courses numbered below 261, only 165, 166, and 175 apply toward the degree; statistics courses must be numbered 490 or higher to be counted. You must have a grade-point average of 2.0 or better with at most one passing grade less than 1.5 in courses used to fulfill the mathematics concentration.

  • Credits in courses selected from a departmentally approved list Credits: 6

Professional Education

Prior to being admitted to the teacher education program, you must complete the Initial Requirement courses and pass the PPST.

Student Teaching

General Education Elective

Science Courses

Three science courses from a departmentally approved list. Two of these courses must have labs included.

General Elective Courses

Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120. Some may be restricted depending on choices for general education requirements. You are encouraged to acquire a teaching minor (see School of Education for information).

Total Credits: 120

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