High School Mathematics Teacher

Are you passionate about the study of mathematics? Have you ever found that helping others to solve a problem or understand a mathematics concept is rewarding? Then teaching high school mathematics may be for you!

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.

BS Mathematics, secondary education

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 (3)
EDUC 3200 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)

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What are the major requirements for your program?

There are no special requirements to being taking classes in the BS in Mathematics Education program. However, there are requirements to get into Upper Division of the program, which allows one to take senior-level courses, do the internship, etc. These include a GPA ≥ 2.5, successful completion of an early experiences class, a passing Praxis I test score, and satisfaction of a technology competency.

What are my chances for employment once I graduate?

Your employment outlook is excellent! For the past several years, the hardest teaching position for principals to fill has been that of high school mathematics teacher.

I may be interested in earning a minor or studying abroad in addition to preparing to become a mathematics teacher. Are there opportunities to do that?

We have students who earn a double major or dual degree, earn a minor, study abroad, play a varsity sport, etc. The earlier a student begins planning for any of these additions to the BS in Mathematics Education, the more likely it can be achieved within the four-year program. The most common addition for our students is the double major – more than half of our students earn a major in mathematics in addition to mathematics education.

Is it possible for me to graduate in three years?

We have had several students graduate in three years. Some do so because they have AP credits or dual enrollment community college credits. Some are able to do so because they take summer courses. Some do so because of a combination of the two.

Is it possible for me to graduate in two years after transferring from a community college?

Yes – if you have taken the 2 + 2 plan for the BS in Mathematics Education. If you have not, summer work in addition to two years may allow you to graduate. Mathematically, the key to graduating in two additional years is to have successfully completed calculus II.

If I successfully complete AP Calculus or AP Statistics, will I be able to use the courses in the major?

Yes. A 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Calculus exam gives you credit for MATH 2171 (Calculus 1). A 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Statistics exam gives you credit for an introductory statistics class which we will allow to substitute for MATE 2700.

Are there opportunities for scholarships at ECU?

There are a number of scholarship opportunities and they exist at the department, college, state, and national levels. Most of the ones from the College of Education at ECU require you to have established yourself as an excellent university student, but there are a few for incoming freshmen. Several of the most lucrative scholarships are really loan forgiveness programs – one teaches to repay the funds received.

I am not sure if I want to teach high school mathematics or middle grades mathematics. What should I do?

Starting with the BS in Mathematics Education (high school) instead of the middle grades program allows more flexibility. The courses from the high school program substitute for the ones in the middle grades program, but not necessarily vice-versa.

Do you have any further questions or need help with the process? Contact Us:

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