Advising for Secondary Education in Math
Certification for secondary education in mathematics requires ten months of
training beyond the bachelor's level, leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching
(MAT). This additional training is through the School of Education.
Although a B.S. degree in Mathematics is not strictly required for
admission to the MAT program, a number of mathematics courses are
required, and most students who aspire to become high school mathematics
teachers will complete a Mathematics B.S. before entering the MAT
Important Note on Program Changes
Effective Fall 2013,
the Professional Year (PY) program has been eliminated and
admission requirements for the MAT program have changed.
The summary below reflects these changes. Unfortunately, the Mathematics
Department was notified of these changes only after the Fall 2012 drop/add
deadline. This means that current seniors have only one semester to make
any necessary changes to their program of study to meet the new requirements.
Fortunately, the new requirements are a subset of the previous requirements,
with one exception: Students are now required to take IL1580 (Foundations
of Special Education). This was not required previously. It will be offered
in the spring term.
Required Undergraduate Courses
Certain undergraduate course work is required for admission to the MAT
program. Courses specific to secondary education in mathematics are
In addition to subject area requirements, students must complete
Three terms of calculus (Math 0220-0240, offered every term)
Abstract Algebra (Math 0430, offered every term)
Number Theory (Math 1020, offered fall and summer)
Linear Algebra (Math 1180, offered every term)
Geometry (Math 1290, spring/summer, or 1350, offered occasionally)
Probability and Statistics (Stat 1000, offered every term)
History of Mathematics (Math 1230, offered every fall)
Educational Psychology (PsyEd 1001)
Foundations of Special Education (IL 1580)
Additional information can be found on the
School of Education website.
Please note: As of 09-13-2012, the site referenced above indicates that
two separate three credit courses, one in prabability and another in
statistics, are required. The Mathematics Department has been assured by
the School of Education that this is a mistake, and that Stat 1000 will
satisfy both requirements.