Secondary Education: Mathematics



Teaching and Learning

School of Education



The Mathematics major is intended to prepare students for the study of Mathematics on the graduate level; employment in business, government, or industry; and study in subject areas requiring a strong Mathematics background, such as chemistry, economics, engineering, operations research, and actuarial science.

NOT ADMITTING NEW STUDENTS. Program deactivated effective September 1, 2014.


Admission Requirements

Students who are interested should see the department chairperson as soon as possible to obtain guidance on which courses they should be taking. They should declare the major as soon as possible; they will initially be in "pre-major" status. At this point, they will be assigned a departmental advisor. Note that there are no prerequisites for declaring as a "pre-major." The students should pass Calculus I (Math 201) with a grade of C or better to advance from pre-major status to major status.

Admission Requirements For The Mathematics Secondary Education Concentration

  1. A student wishing to declare a concentration in Mathematics Secondary Education must have met the following criteria:
    • Completed ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 or ENGL 103 and ENGL 104;
    • Passed MATH 201 with at least a grade of C;
    • Completed a minimum of 30 SCH that count toward graduation;
    • Attained a CGPA of 2.5;
    • Achieved the minimum MSDE required score on the PRAXIS I examination;
    • Completed EDUC 202 with portfolio; and
    • Accepted into the Teacher Education Program of the School of Education.
  2. The student must obtain approval of the MCS Department Chair on the Declaration of Major Form.
  3. The student should continue taking courses as a major in the MCS Department until such time that s/he is eligible to take other courses in the secondary education program.
  4. After admittance to the Teacher Education Program, the student will take both education and mathematics courses.

The following information also impacts students interested in entering Teacher Education.

  • Students who have met all the above except the passing of Praxis I/Praxis Core can be admitted as a pre-major to Teacher Education.
  • Students must take Praxis II prior to student teaching.
  • Students must achieve state mandated cut-off scores on Praxis II prior to approval for graduation.

Praxis Core was adopted Sept 1, 2014 as the replacement for Praxis 1 in the state of Maryland. Passing scores in Maryland for Praxis Core are as follows: Mathematics (150), Reading (156), and Writing (162). Feel free to direct any Praxis-related questions to TEAR-C.

A student who has been denied admission to a program may appeal to the Teacher Education Council. If denied admission a third time, the student will be advised into another area.


Department Courses
Course
Crs.
Title
COSC 199
3
Introduction to Computer Programming
MATH 201
4
Calculus I
MATH 202
4
Calculus II
MATH 203
3
Basic Statistics
MATH 207
3
Technology Based Math for Teachers
MATH 211
3
Discrete Mathematics I
MATH 250
3
Language of Mathematics
MATH 301
3
Linear Algebra
MATH 303
3
Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
MATH 307
3
Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry
MATH 310
3
Algebraic Structures
MATH 315
3
Origins of Mathematics
MATH 417
3
Mathematics Seminar
PHYS 303
4
Mechanics and Particle Dynamics

Education Courses
Course
Crs.
Title
EDUC 202
3
Educational Psychology (16 hour practicum req'd)
SPED 201
3
Introduction to the Needs of Exceptional Individuals
EDUC 402
3
History of Education
OR
EDUC 403
3
Philosophy of Education
EDUC 203
3
Fundamentals of Teaching with A-V Technology
EDUC 408
3
Measurements of Evaluation in Education
SCED 312
3
Principles of Secondary Education
SCED 427
3
Teaching Reading in Secondary School I
REED 428
3
Teaching Reading in Secondary School II
SCED 325
3
Teaching Math in the Secondary School
SCED 414
3
Directed Teaching in Secondary School/Seminar