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.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
MATH 102New Student Experience for Mathematical Sciences1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication
Fulfilled by CMST 101 in the Teacher Education sequence.0
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives
Fulfilled by EDFD 220 in the Teacher Education sequence.0
G. Computer Science
Fulfilled by CSIT 111 in the major.
H. Mathematics
Fulfilled by MTHM 201 in the Teacher Education sequence.0
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Fulfilled by ANTH 101; BIOL 100, 109, 110; CHEM 100; EAES 101, 105, 107, 201, 240, 250; PHMS 250 in the major.0
K. Social Science
1. American and European History
Fulfilled by EDFD 221 in the Teacher Education sequence.0
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives
Fulfilled by PSYC 101 in the Teacher Education sequence.0
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Fulfilled by ECEL 200 in the Teacher Education sequence.0
Total Credits13

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages3
World Cultures
Fulfilled by a General Education K2 - Global Cultural Perspectives course. 0
Total Credits3

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements13
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3
Major Requirements44
Teacher Education Program Requirements60
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Mathematics Core
MATH 122Calculus I4
MATH 221Calculus II4
MATH 222Calculus III4
MATH 225Linear Algebra4
MATH 340Probability3
Mathematics Specialization
MATH 271Special Topics in Modern Mathematics3
MATH 320Transitions to Advanced Mathematics3
MATH 350College Geometry3
MATH 433Theory of Numbers3
Mathematics Electives
Select 6 credits from the list (see below)6
Mathematics Collateral Requirement
CSIT 111Fundamentals of Programming I3
Select one of the following:4
Physical Anthropology
Biological Sciences
The Biology of Human Life
Introductory Chemistry
Planet Earth
Physical Geology
Earth and the Environment
Understanding Weather and Climate
Earth System History
Introduction to Marine Sciences
Total Credits44


MATH 323Complex Variables3
MATH 360Mathematical Modeling in Biology3
MATH 364Operations Research I3
MATH 369Mathematical Modeling3
MATH 375History of Mathematics3
MATH 398Vector Calculus3
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 465Operations Research II3
MATH 485Applied Combinatorics and Graph Theory3
MATH 487Introduction to Mathematical Cryptography3
MATH 490Honors Seminar3
MATH 491Research in Mathematics Education3
MATH 495Special Topics in Advanced Undergraduate Mathematics1-3
MATH 497Mathematics Research I1-3
MATH 498Mathematics Research II1-3
STAT 330Fundamentals of Modern Statistics I4

Teacher Education Program Requirements (K-6) 

Pre-Professional Sequence
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
FSHD 214Child Development I3
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy3
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
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 Practice I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms2
ECEL 412Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms1
ECEL 427Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms3
READ 408Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
Second Semester Senior Year
ECEL 414Clinical Practice II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms9
ECEL 421Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms3
Total Credits60

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CMST 101 Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 3
CSIT 111 Fundamentals of Programming I 3
MATH 102 New Student Experience for Mathematical Sciences 1
MATH 122 Calculus I 4
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
WRIT 105 College Writing I 3
EDFD 220 Philosophical Orientation to Education 3
EDFD 221 Historical Foundations of American Education 3
MATH 221 Calculus II 4
MATH 271 Special Topics in Modern Mathematics 3
WRIT 106 College Writing II 3
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
ECEL 200 Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy 3
FSHD 214 Child Development I 3
MATH 222 Calculus III 4
MATH 320 Transitions to Advanced Mathematics 3
FSHD 314 Child Development II: Adolescence 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
MATH 225 Linear Algebra 4
MTHM 201 Mathematics in Elementary Schools I 3
Third Year
ECEL 418 Social and Cultural Context of Families and Communities 3
World Language 1 3
MATH 340 Probability 3
MTHM 302 Mathematics in Elementary Schools II 3
READ 399 Early Literacy Development and Instruction 3
World Language 2 3
ECEL 427 Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms 3
MATH 350 College Geometry 3
MATH 433 Theory of Numbers 3
READ 408 Literacy in the Elementary Grades 3
Fourth Year
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
ECEL 408 Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms 3
ECEL 410 Clinical Practice I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms 2
ECEL 412 Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms 1
ECEL 422 Integrating Elementary Curriculum and Assessment for Equity and Diversity 3
ECEL 414 Clinical Practice II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms 9
ECEL 421 Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms 3
 Total Credits120