Mathematics Major with Teacher Certification in Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6 (B.S.)

Students who wish to pursue K-6 teacher certification in Elementary Education must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students also are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook.

A minimum of 120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA; however more than 120 credits may be required depending upon the major field of study.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Major Requirements 

Mathematics Core
MATH 122Calculus I4
MATH 221Calculus II4
MATH 222Calculus III4
MATH 335Linear Algebra4
MATH 340Probability3
Mathematics Specialization
MATH 320Transitions to Advanced Mathematics3
MATH 350College Geometry3
MATH 433Theory of Numbers3
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I 13
MTHM 302Mathematics in Elementary Schools II 13
Mathematics Electives
Select 9 credits from the list (see below)9
Mathematics Collateral Requirement
CSIT 111Fundamentals of Programming I3
PHYS 191University Physics I4
Select one of the following: 14
Physical Anthropology
Biological Sciences
The Living World
The Biology of Human Life
Introductory Chemistry
Planet Earth
Physical Geology
Earth and the Environment
Understanding Weather and Climate
Historical Geology
Introduction to Marine Sciences
Introduction to Marine Sciences
Total Credits54

Mathematics Electives

MATH 323Complex Variables3
MATH 360Mathematical Modeling in Biology3
MATH 368Fluid Mechanics3
MATH 370Mathematics for Teaching3
MATH 398Vector Calculus3
MATH 420Ordinary Differential Equations4
MATH 421Partial Differential Equations3
MATH 425Advanced Calculus I3
MATH 426Advanced Calculus II3
MATH 431Foundations of Modern Algebra3
MATH 450Foundations of Geometry3
MATH 451Topology3
MATH 460Introduction to Applied Mathematics3
MATH 463Numerical Analysis3
MATH 464Operations Research I3
MATH 465Operations Research II3
MATH 466Mathematics of Finance I3
MATH 467Mathematics of Finance II3
MATH 469Mathematical Modeling3
MATH 471Selected Topics in Modern Mathematics3
MATH 475History of Mathematics3
MATH 485Applied Combinatorics and Graph Theory3
MATH 487Introduction to Mathematical Cryptography3
MATH 490Honors Seminar3
MATH 491Research in Mathematics Education3
MATH 495Topics for Undergraduates1-3
MATH 497Mathematics Research I1-3
MATH 498Mathematics Research II1-3
STAT 330Fundamentals of Modern Statistics I3
STAT 401Applied Statistics for the Sciences3
STAT 403Techniques and Applications of Statistics3
STAT 441Statistical Computing3
STAT 442Fundamentals of Modern Statistics II3
STAT 443Introduction to Mathematical Statistics3
STAT 481Introduction to Statistical Data Mining3
STAT 487Statistical Genomics3
STAT 495Topics in Statistical Science1-3
STAT 497Undergraduate Research in Statistical Science1-3

Teacher Ed Program Requirements (K-6) 

Required Course Work
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 13
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology 13
FSHD 214Child Development I3
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy 13
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education 13
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
Pass the MSU Health Knowledge Test available through the Center of Pedagogy or complete a course from the list below.3-4
Professional Sequence
First Semester Junior Year
FSHD 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
MTHM 302Mathematics in Elementary Schools II3
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
ECEL 279Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education3
Second Semester Junior Year
ECSE 339Pedagogy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom3
ECEL 408Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms3
First Semester Senior Year
ECEL 410Clinical Experience I: Inclusive Elementary and Early Childhood Classrooms2
ECEL 412Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms1
READ 408Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
ECEL 427Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms3
Second Semester Senior Year
ECEL 414Clinical Practice II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms9
ECEL 421Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms3
Total Credits63-64

Physiology/Hygiene Course

BIOL 100Biological Sciences4
BIOL 107Biology for Survival3
BIOL 110The Biology of Human Life4
BIOL 215Human Heredity3
BIOL 240Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIOL 241Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIOL 243Human Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOL 380Genetics4
HLTH 101Personal Health Issues3
HLTH 207Injury Prevention and Emergency Care3
HLTH 208Study of Human Diseases3
HLTH 213Perspectives on Drugs3
HLTH 220Mental Health3
HLTH 290Human Sexuality3
HLTH 330Health Education Methods3
HLTH 411School Health and Community Services3
HLTH 430Counseling Skills for Public Health Professionals3
HONP 210Honors Seminar in Science4
HONP 211Honors Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Science3
HPEM 150Principles and Practice of Emergency Care3
NUFD 182Nutrition: A Socioecological Perspective3