CS BS in Mathematics Education

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BS in Mathematics Education

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education prepares students to teach high school mathematics, but graduates are also qualified to teach middle grades mathematics. Since high school mathematics teaching positions have been the hardest to fill in North Carolina for the past several years, graduates of the program are in high demand.

Mathematics education majors get multiple opportunities to work with master teachers in the high school setting and profit from ECU’s Clinical Schools Network.  A large group of talented faculty members teach courses in laboratory settings with cutting-edge technology and provide instructional and mentoring support for students.

ECU’s mathematics teacher preparation program is distinguished from most by its addition of pedagogical content courses to the traditional mathematics and mathematics methods preparation. These applied mathematics courses treat high school mathematics curriculum in an advanced and connected manner, focusing on alternate solution strategies, multiple representations, and student misconceptions.

The mathematics education program has received awards, as has its faculty, students, and alumni. While in the program, students are encouraged to join local, state, and national mathematics education organizations and to attend professional development. Through the direction of the local student-lead mathematics education organization and program courses, students engage in numerous mathematics activities outside the classroom.

Program Planning

  • MATE and MATH courses needed to complete the BS in Mathematics Secondary Education:

    • MATE 2123 Early Experiences for the Prospective Teacher (1)
    • MATE 2700 Applications in Statistics and Probability (3)
    • MATE 2800 Discrete Mathematics: Explorations and Applications (3)
    • MATE 3300 Geometry for High School Teachers (3)
    • MATE 3523 Teaching Topics in High School Mathematics (3)
    • MATE 4001 Technology in Secondary Mathematics Education (3)
    • MATE 4323 The Teaching of Mathematics in High School (3)
    • MATE 4324 Internship in Mathematics (10)
    • MATE 4325 Internship Seminar: Issues in Mathematics Education (1)
    • MATH 2171 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 2172 Calculus II (4)
    • MATH 2173 Calculus III (4)
    • MATH 2300 Transition to Advanced Mathematics(3)
    • MATH 3256 Linear Algebra (3)
    • MATH 3263 Introduction to Modern Algebra (3)
    • MATH 3301 Foundations of Geometry (3)
    • MATH 3307 Mathematical Statistics (3)
    • MATH 5322 Foundations of Mathematics (3)

  • Additional MATH courses needed to complete the BA in Mathematics:

    • MATH 4101 Advanced Calculus 1 (3)
    • MATH 4331 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations(3)

  • College of Education courses needed to complete the BS in Mathematics Secondary Education:

    • EDUC 3002 Introduction to Diversity/PSYC 2777 Ethnocultural Psychology (0)
    • EDUC3200 Foundations of American Education(3)
    • EDUC 4400 Foundations of School Learning, Motivation, and Assessment/PSYC 4305 Educational Psychology (3)
    • READ 3990 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas in the Secondary School (2)
    • SPED 4010 Effective Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms (2)
    • BITE 2000 Introduction to Computer Literacy (1)
  • BS Checklist
  • BS Course Rotation
  • BS Flowchart
  • BS Sample Course of Study

Program Completion

There are a number of important milestones along the way to completing your BS in Mathematics Education: Upper Division, Internship Application, Senior Summary, Application for Graduation, and Licensure Application. Let’s take each in turn.

Upper Division

  • Apply toward the end of your sophomore year to no later than the end of your junior year. You learned about Upper Division and its requirements in MATE 2123, but the checklist will help guide you through the process. For the Upper Division Application, go to Teacher Education and click on the Teacher Education Handbook. The application is a form in the appendices.
  • Internship Application

  • Apply for your internship early in the spring of your junior year. You must be in Upper Division to apply and an important consideration is the listing of school systems where you would prefer to be placed. Speak to your advisor about this very important placement – closest to home may not be the best placement for you. For the Internship Application, go to Teacher Education and click on the Teacher Education Handbook. The application is a form in the appendices.
  • Senior Summary

  • You should work on your Senior Summary with your faculty advisor during the spring of your junior year and then finish and submit it when you come for advising in the fall of your senior year. This summary is a check to ensure you have met all program, teacher education, and university requirements for graduation.
  • Graduate Application

  • You should work on your Senior Summary with your faculty advisor during the spring of your junior year and then finish and submit it when you come for advising in the fall of your senior year. This summary is a check to ensure you have met all program, teacher education, and university requirements for graduation.
  • Licensure Application

  • You will want to apply to receive your teaching license. Complete this paperwork near the end of your internship, during the mandatory Senior II seminar. Go to Teacher Ed Licensure, read the instructions, and download the appropriate forms (A & V).

Resources and Forms

Use this page for the most commonly required Resources and Forms

Do you have any further questions or need help with the process? Please contact us.

Dr. Ron Preston prestonr@ecu.edu
Director of Students Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education
East Carolina University Mail Stop 566 Greenville, NC 27858 Phone:252-328-9355

Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education | Flanagan 352 | Mail Stop 566
College of Education | Greenville, NC 27858 USA
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