# Math Education Major: Elementary/Middle School Education K-8 Option (B.S.)

*Beginning in the 2022/23 academic year, the Math Education Major: Elementary/Middle School Education K-8 option will no longer be accepting new students. Current students will continue to have access to the same high-quality education and resources until they graduate.*

This professional degree program prepares students for teaching mathematics at the elementary and/or middle school level. The program is coordinated with the education department's teacher certification programs. For the elementary option, full certification requires the five-year program. Students may complete the degree requirements for middle school option with full teacher certification in either four or five years.

Students electing the four-year option leading to middle school certification must plan for one semester of student teaching (EDUC 694C Supervised Teaching/Mathematics) in their senior year; this requires careful planning with your program adviser to accommodate the scheduling of required MATH courses. Requirements for admission to student teaching include receiving credit for EDUC 500 and a minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA.

The five-year program for either option includes a year-long teaching internship in the fifth year. The internship requires admission into a UNH Department of Education graduate program that leads to certification. See Education, College of Liberal Arts.

**Graduation Requirements**

In all courses used to satisfy the requirements for its major programs, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics requires that a student earn a grade of C- or better and have an overall grade-point average of at least 2.00 in these courses.

For** teacher licensure **a grade of B- or better is required in all Education courses.

Code | Title | Credits |
---|---|---|

Required MATH Courses | ||

MATH 425 | Calculus I | 4 |

MATH 426 | Calculus II | 4 |

MATH 445 | Mathematics and Applications with MATLAB | 4 |

or CS 410P | Introduction to Scientific Programming/Python | |

or CS 410C | Introduction to Scientific Programming/C | |

MATH 531 | Mathematical Proof | 4 |

MATH 539 | Introduction to Statistical Analysis | 4 |

MATH 545 | Introduction to Linear Algebra | 4 |

or MATH 645 | Linear Algebra for Applications | |

MATH 621 | Number Systems for Teachers | 4 |

MATH 622 | Geometry for Teachers | 4 |

MATH 623 | Probability and Statistics for Teachers | 4 |

MATH 625 | Functions and Algebra for Teachers | 4 |

MATH 700 | Introduction to Mathematics Education | 4 |

MATH 703 | Teaching of Mathematics in Grades K-5 | 4 |

or MATH 709 | Teaching of Mathematics in Grades 6-12 | |

MATH 760 | Geometry | 4 |

MATH 790 | Historical Foundations of Mathematics | 4 |

Capstone: Select one of the following | ||

MATH 797 | Senior Seminar | 4 |

MATH 799 | Senior Thesis | 2 or 4 |

Other Required Courses | ||

PHYS 406 | Introduction to Modern Astronomy | 4 |

EDUC 500 | Exploring Teaching | 4 |

EDUC 605 | Educational Perspectives in Critical Times | 4 |

EDUC 701 | Human Development & Learning: Cultural Perspectives | 4 |

Total Credits | 78-80 |

**Note:** EDUC 703F Teaching Elementary School Science, EDUC 703M Teaching Elementary Social Studies, EDUC 706 Teaching & Learning Literacy in the Elementary Classroom, and EDUC 751A Inclusive Elementary Education: Literacies and Learning for Diverse Learners are requirements for K-6 or K-8 certification.

EDUC 706 Teaching & Learning Literacy in the Elementary Classroom must be completed prior to the Internship (EDUC 900A Internship and Seminar in Teaching and EDUC 901A Internship and Seminar in Teaching).

First Year | ||
---|---|---|

Fall | Credits | |

MATH 425 | Calculus I | 4 |

PHYS 406 | Introduction to Modern Astronomy | 4 |

Discovery Course | 4 | |

Inquiry Course | 4 | |

MATH 400 | Freshman Seminar | 1 |

Credits | 17 | |

Spring | ||

MATH 426 | Calculus II | 4 |

MATH 445 |
Mathematics and Applications with MATLAB or Introduction to Scientific Programming/Python or Introduction to Scientific Programming/C |
4 |

ENGL 401 | First-Year Writing | 4 |

Discovery Course | 4 | |

Credits | 16 | |

Second Year | ||

Fall | ||

MATH 539 | Introduction to Statistical Analysis | 4 |

MATH 621 | Number Systems for Teachers | 4 |

EDUC 500 | Exploring Teaching | 4 |

Discovery Course | 4 | |

Credits | 16 | |

Spring | ||

MATH 531 | Mathematical Proof | 4 |

MATH 545 or MATH 645 |
Introduction to Linear Algebra or Linear Algebra for Applications |
4 |

MATH 622 | Geometry for Teachers | 4 |

Discovery Course | 4 | |

Credits | 16 | |

Third Year | ||

Fall | ||

MATH 623 | Probability and Statistics for Teachers | 4 |

MATH 700 | Introduction to Mathematics Education | 4 |

MATH 760 | Geometry | 4 |

Discovery Course | 4 | |

Credits | 16 | |

Spring | ||

MATH 625 | Functions and Algebra for Teachers | 4 |

MATH 703 or MATH 709 |
Teaching of Mathematics in Grades K-5 or Teaching of Mathematics in Grades 6-12 |
4 |

MATH 790 | Historical Foundations of Mathematics | 4 |

Discovery Course | 4 | |

Credits | 16 | |

Fourth Year | ||

Fall | ||

MATH 797 or MATH 799 |
Senior Seminar or Senior Thesis |
4 |

EDUC 605 | Educational Perspectives in Critical Times | 4 |

Writing Intensive Course | 4 | |

Elective Course | 4 | |

Credits | 16 | |

Spring | ||

EDUC 701 | Human Development & Learning: Cultural Perspectives | 4 |

Writing Intensive Course | 4 | |

Elective Course | 4 | |

Elective Course | 4 | |

Credits | 16 | |

Total Credits | 129 |

Mathematics Concepts, Practices, and Curriculum. Well-prepared beginning teachers of mathematics:

- Demonstrate robust knowledge of mathematical and statistical concepts that underlie what they encounter in teaching of K-8 or secondary mathematics.
- Engage in appropriate mathematical and statistical practices, and use technological tools to solve mathematical problems, and incorporate educational technology in their teaching.
- Analyze and interpret mathematical curricula, assessments, and standards documents.
- Analyze and interpret students’ mathematical work.

Pedagogical Knowledge and Practices for Teaching Mathematics. Well-prepared beginning teachers of mathematics:

- Demonstrate strong foundations of pedagogical knowledge, and effective and equitable mathematics teaching practices.
- Construct instructional explanations, develop tasks, lesson plans and unit plans, that advance students’ mathematical understanding.
- Recognize common patterns of student thinking related to particular mathematical topics, and articulate ways of supporting students’ mathematical thinking.

Productive dispositions. Well-prepared beginning teachers:

- Demonstrate positive and productive dispositions toward mathematics as a discipline, towards students as learners of mathematics and towards teaching mathematics in ways that support students’ sense making, understanding, and reasoning.