Program Overview

Students who have a passion for mathematics and want to teach middle and high school students how to solve real-world problems through mathematical reasoning should consider the mathematics teaching major. Mathematics teaching candidates gain a solid foundation in the areas of statistics, calculus, analysis, geometry, modeling and abstract algebra. Several teaching methods courses give prospective teachers the tools to transmit that knowledge and serve the diverse needs of a classroom in an urban setting.

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Declare Your Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Mathematics Teaching major (Grades 5-12), students must pass and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in MATH 210, MATH 211, and STAT 201. When this requirement has been satisfied, students must submit a College of Sciences Undergraduate Program Declaration Form for Mathematics Teaching Major.

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Requirements

The courses MAED 440 and MAED 450 require that the student be admitted to the university's Urban Teacher Program; they have several prerequisites taught through that program.

Teaching Licensure Grades 5-12

Students completing the teaching major who wish to earn Minnesota Teaching Licensure for secondary education (grades 5-12) can do so by completing additional course work and student teaching through the university's Urban Teacher Program. Please note that the university's Education Department has the primary responsibility for recommending students for licensure.

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Course List

Prerequisites

Math Prerequisites

  • STAT 201 Statistics I
    4 credits

    This course covers the basic principles and methods of statistics. It emphasizes techniques and applications in real-world problem solving and decision making. Topics include frequency distributions, measures of location and variation, probability, sampling, design of experiments, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression.

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  • MATH 210 Calculus I
    4 credits

    Since its beginnings, calculus has demonstrated itself to be one of humankind's greatest intellectual achievements. This versatile subject has proven useful in solving problems ranging from physics and astronomy to biology and social science. Through a conceptual and theoretical framework this course covers topics in differential calculus including limits, derivatives, derivatives of transcendental functions, applications of differentiation, L'Hopital's rule, implicit differentiation, and related rates.

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  • MATH 211 Calculus II
    4 credits

    This is a continuation of Math 210 Calculus I and a working knowledge of that material is expected. Through a conceptual and theoretical framework this course covers the definite integral, the fundamental theorem of calculus, applications of integration, numerical methods for evaluating integrals, techniques of integration and series.

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Requirements ( 120 total credits)

Math Core Courses (28 credits)

  • MATH 215 Discrete Mathematics
    4 credits

    This course covers a variety of important topics in math and computer science. Topics include: logic and proof, sets and functions, induction and recursion, elementary number theory, counting and probability, and basic theory of directed graphs.

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  • MATH 301 Introduction to Analysis
    4 credits

    This is an introductory course in real analysis. Starting with a rigorous look at the laws of logic and how these laws are used in structuring mathematical arguments, this course develops the topological structure of real numbers. Topics include limits, sequences, series and continuity. The main goal of the course is to teach students how to read and write mathematical proofs.

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  • MATH 310 Calculus III: Multivariable Calculus
    4 credits

    This is a continuation of Math 211 Calculus II and covers calculus as it applies to functions of several variables. Topics include vectors and plane curves, partial differentiation, curves and vectors in space, multiple integrals, vector fields, line integrals, and Stokes Theorem.

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  • MATH 315 Linear Algebra and Applications
    4 credits

    The need to solve systems of linear equations frequently arises in mathematics, the physical sciences, engineering and economics. In this course we study these systems from an algebraic and geometric viewpoint. Topics include systems of linear equations, matrix algebra, Euclidean vector spaces, linear transformations, linear independence, dimension, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

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  • MATH 340 Mathematical Modeling
    4 credits

    Mathematical modeling is the investigation of real world phenomena using mathematical tools. This course includes topics such as dynamic and stochastic modeling (differential equations and discrete-time equations), as well as optimization modeling. Applications will include problems from such areas as the physical and biological sciences, business, and industry.

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  • MATH 370 Modern Geometry
    4 credits

    This course goes beyond the Euclidean Geometry typically taught in high schools. This is a modern approach to geometry based on the systematic use of transformations. It includes a study of some advanced concepts from Euclidean Geometry and then proceeds to examine a wide variety of other geometries, including Non-Euclidean and Projective Geometry. A working knowledge of vectors, matrices, and multivariable calculus is assumed.

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  • MATH 471 Abstract Algebra
    4 credits

    By extending the familiar concepts of arithmetic, this course introduces abstract algebraic structures. Topics include an introduction to number theory; group theory, including the classification of all finite abelian groups; rings, integral domains, and fields.

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Mathematics Education Methods Courses (8 credits)

The courses MAED 440 and MAED 450 require that the student be admitted to the university's Urban Teacher Program; they have several prerequisites taught through the program.

  • MAED 440 Teaching Mathematics to Urban Learners in Grades K-8
    4 credits

    This course provides students with the knowledge and experience of intermediate and middle school mathematics to be an effective teacher in urban, multicultural classrooms. The content of this math methods course emphasizes the interconnectedness of curriculum, instruction and assessment. The overarching philosophical framework for this course is the social justice perspective of mathematics education particularly for urban students. Field experience in an intermediate or middle school mathematics classroom is required. Prerequisites for Mathematics Teaching majors: EDU 300 Assessment of Learning and Teaching in Urban Grades 5-12 and EDU 306 Urban Middle School and High School Methods and at least 24 credits of Math courses required for the Mathematics Teaching major. Prerequisite for Urban Elementary Education majors: MATH 106 Math for Elementary Teachers AND one of the following: MATH 110 Math for Liberal Arts OR MATH 115 College Algebra OR STAT 201 Statistics I. Corequisite Mathematics Teaching Majors: EDU 450 Advanced Urban Teaching Practicum and Seminar if plans are to student teach in an urban high school.

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  • MAED 450 Teaching Mathematics to Urban Learners in Grades 7-12
    4 credits

    This course provides students with the knowledge and experience of high school mathematics to be an effective teacher in urban, multicultural classrooms. The content of this math methods course emphasizes the interconnectedness of curriculum, instruction and assessment. The overarching philosophical framework for this course is the social justice perspective of mathematics education particularly for urban students. Field experience in a high school mathematics classroom is required.

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