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2012-2013 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2012-2013 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.)

You should work closely with your academic advisor when choosing free electives and courses to meet the IPFW general-education requirements so as to ensure completion of the certification requirements set by the Indiana Professional Standards Board for teacher certification. Full information about teacher certification is available from the School of Education. To be certified, you must have a GPA of 2.00 or higher in the College of Arts and Sciences’ general-education distribution areas of humanities and social and behavioral sciences. Additionally, you must have a GPA of 2.50 or higher in your teaching major of mathematical sciences and the professional education courses listed below and an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher. Each professional education course must be completed with a grade of 2.0 or better.

Prior to your junior year, the School of Education requires that you successfully complete EDUA F200, EDUC W200/M101, and EDUC K306 and the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) before admission to the teacher education program. The PRAXIS II Specialty Area Exam must be completed before or during the student-teaching semester, normally in your senior year.

IPFW General Education Requirements

Area I—Linguistic and Numerical Foundations

  • MA - The quantitative-reasoning requirement is satisfied by mathematics courses below. Credits: 0

Area II—Natural and Physical Sciences Credits: 11

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Includes two laboratory courses. (Science courses must be selected from list approved by the department.)

Area III—The Individual, Culture, and Society Credits: 6

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area IV—Humanistic Thought Credits: 6

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area V—Creative and Artistic Expression Credits: 3

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area VI—Inquiry and Analysis (not in MA) Credits: 3

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.

Middle School Certification (Recommended)

General Elective Courses

Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 124. 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: 124

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