College of Arts and Sciences

Mathematics for Secondary Education

The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2020-2021 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

Program Options

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Program Overview

The goal of the Mathematics for Secondary Education program is to equip students with the needed mathematical knowledge, instructional strategies, foundational awareness of education, and teaching experiences to become successful teacher of middle or high school mathematics. Students who are interested in teaching in community college settings or at universities are also encouraged to pursue this degree.

Students majoring in Mathematics for Secondary Education receive a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in addition to a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the School of Education. This dual-degree program gives our graduates a competitive advantage, as they can demonstrate deep mathematical knowledge and comprehensive preparation for teaching.

 


B.S. Requirements

This major is designed to furnish students with the mathematics content necessary for secondary certification in mathematics; to teach secondary mathematics, students also will need to complete the secondary education major offered in the School of Education.

Students must complete the following mathematics and related courses.  All programs are to be planned in careful consultation with a departmental advisor and be approved by that advisor.

To be endorsed by Drake University for licensure in an endorsement, students must obtain at least a "C" in all of the courses listed below.

Course Credits
Required Courses
CS 065 - Introduction to Computer Science I 3
MATH 050 - Calculus I 3
MATH 054 - Introduction to Discrete Mathematics 3
MATH 061 - Geometry for 6-12 Mathematics Teachers 3
MATH 063 - Algebra and Math Modeling for 6-12 Math Teachers 3
MATH 070 - Calculus II 3
MATH 080 - Linear Algebra 3
MATH 100 - Calculus III 3
MATH 101 - Mathematical Reasoning 3
MATH 144 - Topics in Mathematics Education 3
MATH 145 - Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics 3
MATH 192 - Mathematics Education Secondary Capstone 1
Choose one from the following:
ACTS/MATH 131 - Introduction to Probability I 4
MATH 062 - Statistics and Probability for 6-12 Mathematics Teachers (Recommended) 3
STAT 071 - Statistics I 3
Choose two from the following:
MATH 153 - Modern Geometry 3
MATH 155 - Introduction to Abstract Algebra I 3
MATH 157 - History of Mathematics 3
MATH 184 - Introduction to Real Analysis 3
MATH 187 - Complex Analysis 3
Strongly recommended additional courses
MATH 125 - Mathematical Modeling 3
MATH 195 - Tutoring of Mathematics 3
TOTAL 43

 


Mathematics for Secondary Education Minor

The student must have a departmental minor adviser and complete 24 credit hours of mathematics and related courses as stipulated in the catalog requirements.

Course Credits
CS 065 - Introduction to Computer Science I 3
MATH 050 - Calculus I 3
MATH 054 - Introduction to Discrete Mathematics 3
MATH 070 - Calculus II 3
MATH 100 - Calculus III 3
MATH 144 - Topics in Mathematics Education 3
MATH 145 - Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics 3
Select one from the following algebra courses:
MATH 063 - Algebra and Modeling for 6-12 Grade Teachers 3
MATH 080 - Linear Algebra 3
MATH 155 - Introduction to Abstract Algebra I 3
Select one from the following geometry courses:
MATH 061 - Geometry for 6-12 Mathematics Teachers 3
MATH 153 - Modern Geometry 3
Select one from the following statistics courses:
MATH 062 - Statistics and Probability for 6-12 Mathematics Teachers (Recommended) 3
ACTS/MATH 131 - Introduction to Probability I 4
STAT 071 - Statistics I 3
Strongly recommended additional courses:
MATH 157 - History of Mathematics 3
MATH 195 - Tutoring of Mathematics 3
TOTAL 24

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.