Mathematics Education (BS): Mathematics Specialization
The Mathematics Education: Mathematics Specialization (BS) degree is one of four undergraduate degree options in the Mathematics Education program in the Department of STEM Education.
This degree program prepares teacher-leaders to have a deep understanding of the mathematics they will teach and knowledge about different pedagogical strategies they can apply in the classroom. Students take five courses focused on mathematics education, beginning in their sophomore year and choose from a range of mathematics electives. Our professional courses in the junior and senior year offer relevant pedagogical experiences, emphasize teaching mathematics with technology, and provide rich field experiences in math classrooms. Graduates are recommended for an initial North Carolina teaching license in mathematics grades 9-12. They will be able to seek employment opportunities in education and make a positive difference in their communities.
Students in this program also have the opportunity to participate in:
- Undergraduate research
- Kappa student chapter of the NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and other high impact experiences such as Passport to Success, SAY Village, and study abroad
- Tutoring in local schools
For more information about this program, visit our website.
Program Coordinator:
Dr. Cyndi Edgington
Email: cpedging@ncsu.edu
502J Poe Hall
919-515-1754
Plan Requirements
Mathematics Education (BS): Mathematics Specialization: 120 Total Units
Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|
Introduction to Computing | ||
E 115 | Introduction to Computing Environments | 1 |
or COS 100 | Science of Change | |
Select one of the following: ^{1} | 3 | |
Introduction to Computing-FORTRAN | ||
Introduction to Computing - Java | ||
Introduction to Scientific Programming (Math) | ||
English and Communication | ||
ENG 101 | Academic Writing and Research ^{2} | 4 |
COM 112 | Interpersonal Communication | 3 |
Mathematical Sciences | ||
MA 141 | Calculus I ^{1} | 4 |
MA 241 | Calculus II ^{1} | 4 |
MA 242 | Calculus III ^{1} | 4 |
MA 351 | Introduction to Discrete Mathematical Models ^{1} | 3 |
MA 225 | Foundations of Advanced Mathematics ^{1} | 3 |
MA 405 | Introduction to Linear Algebra ^{1} | 3 |
MA 403 | Introduction to Modern Algebra ^{1} | 3 |
MA 408 | Foundations of Euclidean Geometry ^{1} | 3 |
MA 105 & MA 114 | Mathematics of Finance and Introduction to Finite Mathematics with Applications ^{1} | 6 |
ST 311 | Introduction to Statistics ^{1} | 3 |
ST 312 | Introduction to Statistics II ^{1} | 3 |
ST 307 | Introduction to Statistical Programming- SAS ^{1} | 1 |
Natural Sciences | ||
Natural Science Lab Course ^{2} | 8 | |
GEP Natural Sciences ^{2} | 3 | |
Professional Education | ||
ED 100 | Intro to Education ^{1} | 2 |
EDP 304 | Educational Psychology ^{1} | 3 |
ELP 344 | School and Society ^{1} | 3 |
ECI 416 | Teaching Exceptional Students in the Mainstreamed Classroom ^{1} | 3 |
EMS 204 | Introduction to Mathematics Education ^{3} | 2 |
ED 204 | Introduction to Teaching in Today's Schools ^{1} | 2 |
ED 311 | Classroom Assessment Principles and Practices ^{1} | 2 |
ED 312 | Classroom Assessment Principles and Practices Professional Learning Lab ^{1} | 1 |
EMS 480 | Teaching Mathematics with Technology ^{1} | 3 |
EMS 470 | Methods and Materials for Teaching Mathematics ^{1} | 3 |
EMS 471 | Student Teaching in Mathematics ^{1} | 10 |
EMS 472 | Teaching Mathematics Topics in Senior High School ^{1} | 3 |
EMS 490 | School Mathematics from an Advanced Perspective ^{1} | 3 |
EMS 495 | Senior Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education ^{1} | 2 |
GEP Courses | ||
GEP Humanities | 6 | |
GEP Health and Exercise Studies | 2 | |
GEP Additional Breadth (Humanities/Social Sciences/Visual and Performing Arts) | 3 | |
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives | 5 | |
GEP U.S. Diversity (verify requirement) | ||
GEP Global Knowledge (verify requirement) | ||
Foreign Language Proficiency (verify requirement) | ||
Total Hours | 120 |
^{1} | A grade of C or higher is required. |
^{2} | A grade of C- or higher is required. |
^{3} | A grade of B- or higher is required. |
Natural Sciences Lab Course Electives
Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|
Chemistry Sequence | ||
CH 101 | Chemistry - A Molecular Science | 3 |
CH 102 | General Chemistry Laboratory | 1 |
CH 201 | Chemistry - A Quantitative Science | 3 |
CH 202 | Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory | 1 |
Biology Sequence | ||
BIO 181 | Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity | 4 |
BIO 183 | Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology | 4 |
Physics Sequence A | ||
PY 205 | Physics for Engineers and Scientists I | 3 |
PY 206 | Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory | 1 |
PY 208 | Physics for Engineers and Scientists II | 3 |
PY 209 | Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory | 1 |
Physics Sequence B | ||
PY 201 | University Physics I | 4 |
PY 202 | University Physics II | 4 |
Physics Sequence C | ||
PY 211 | College Physics I | 4 |
PY 212 | College Physics II | 4 |
Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|
Mathematical Sciences | ||
Statistics | ||
ST 311 | Introduction to Statistics | 3 |
ST 312 | Introduction to Statistics II | 3 |
ST 307 | Introduction to Statistical Programming- SAS | 1 |
(at most one grade below a C is permitted in required and elective math, statistics, and computer science courses) | ||
Mathematics | ||
MA 141 | Calculus I | 4 |
MA 241 | Calculus II | 4 |
MA 242 | Calculus III | 4 |
MA 225 | Foundations of Advanced Mathematics | 3 |
MA 351 | Introduction to Discrete Mathematical Models | 3 |
or MA 341 | Applied Differential Equations I | |
MA 403 | Introduction to Modern Algebra | 3 |
MA 405 | Introduction to Linear Algebra | 3 |
MA 408 | Foundations of Euclidean Geometry | 3 |
(at most one grade below a C is permitted in required and elective math, statistics, and computer science courses) | ||
Math elective: | ||
Choose two of the following: | ||
MA 105 | Mathematics of Finance | 3 |
or MA 114 | Introduction to Finite Mathematics with Applications | |
MA 325 | Introduction to Applied Mathematics | 3 |
MA 335 | Symbolic Logic | 3 |
MA 341 | Applied Differential Equations I | 3 |
MA 402 | Mathematics of Scientific Computing | 3 |
MA 410 | Theory of Numbers | 3 |
MA 416 | Introduction to Combinatorics | 3 |
MA 421 | Introduction to Probability | 3 |
MA 425 | Mathematical Analysis I | 3 |
MA 427 | Introduction to Numerical Analysis I | 3 |
MA 430 | Mathematical Models in the Physical Sciences | 3 |
MA 432 | Mathematical Models in Life and Social Sciences | 3 |
MA 437 | Applications of Algebra | 3 |
(at most one grade below a C is permitted in required and elective math, statistics, and computer science courses) | ||
Computer Science: | ||
E 115 | Introduction to Computing Environments | 1 |
or COS 100 | Science of Change | |
One introductory programming course must be chosen from the following: | ||
MA 116 | Introduction to Scientific Programming (Math) | 3 |
CSC 112 | Introduction to Computing-FORTRAN | 3 |
CSC 114 | ||
CSC 116 | Introduction to Computing - Java | 3 |
(at most one grade below a C is permitted in required and elective math, statistics, and computer science courses) | ||
Sciences: | ||
(To satisfy the science requirement, a sequence of two lab-based science courses must be taken. The third science may be selected from the GEP list of approved science courses) | ||
Choose from: | ||
CH 101 & CH 102 | Chemistry - A Molecular Science and General Chemistry Laboratory | 4 |
CH 201 & CH 202 | Chemistry - A Quantitative Science and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory | 3 |
OR | ||
BIO 181 & BIO 183 | Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity and Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology | 4 |
OR | ||
PY 201 & PY 202 | University Physics I and University Physics II | 4 |
OR | ||
PY 204 & PY 208 | and Physics for Engineers and Scientists II | 3 |
OR | ||
PY 211 & PY 212 | College Physics I and College Physics II | 4 |
Science Elective | ||
(At most one grade below a C- is permitted in the courses satisfying the science requirement) | ||
Communication: | ||
COM 112 | Interpersonal Communication | 3 |
Professional Education: | ||
EMS 204 | Introduction to Mathematics Education | 2 |
ED 204 | Introduction to Teaching in Today's Schools | 2 |
EDP 304 | Educational Psychology | 3 |
ELP 344 | School and Society | 3 |
ECI 305 | Equity and Education | 3 |
EMS 480 | Teaching Mathematics with Technology | 3 |
ED 311 | Classroom Assessment Principles and Practices | 2 |
ED 312 | Classroom Assessment Principles and Practices Professional Learning Lab | 1 |
EMS 472 | Teaching Mathematics Topics in Senior High School | 3 |
EMS 470 | Methods and Materials for Teaching Mathematics | 3 |
EMS 471 | Student Teaching in Mathematics | 1-12 |
EMS 490 | School Mathematics from an Advanced Perspective | 3 |
EMS 495 | Senior Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education | 1-3 |
ECI 416 | Teaching Exceptional Students in the Mainstreamed Classroom | 3 |
Free Electives |
Semester Sequence
This is a sample.
First Year | ||
---|---|---|
Fall Semester | Hours | |
MA 141 | Calculus I ^{A,5} | 4 |
Science ^{2,B,4} | 4 | |
ENG 101 | Academic Writing and Research ^{H} | 4 |
E 115 or COS 100 |
Introduction to Computing Environments ^{1} or Science of Change |
1 |
ED 100 | Intro to Education ^{7} | 2 |
Hours | 15 | |
Spring Semester | ||
MA 241 | Calculus II ^{A,5} | 4 |
Science ^{2,B,4} | 4 | |
ST 311 | Introduction to Statistics ^{5} | 3 |
GEP Humanities ^{C,I,J} | 3 | |
GEP Health and Exercise Studies ^{E} | 1 | |
Hours | 15 | |
Second Year | ||
Fall Semester | ||
MA 242 | Calculus III ^{5} | 4 |
Intro to Programming ^{3,5} | 3 | |
MA 351 | Introduction to Discrete Mathematical Models ^{5,8} | 3 |
EMS 204 | Introduction to Mathematics Education ^{7} | 2 |
ED 204 | Introduction to Teaching in Today's Schools ^{7} | 2 |
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives ^{G,I,J} | 2-3 | |
Hours | 16-17 | |
Spring Semester | ||
MA 225 | Foundations of Advanced Mathematics ^{5} | 3 |
ST 312 | Introduction to Statistics II ^{5} | 3 |
ST 307 | Introduction to Statistical Programming- SAS ^{5} | 1 |
ECI 305 | Equity and Education ^{7,G} | 3 |
COM 112 | Interpersonal Communication ^{D} | 3 |
Science ^{2,B,4} | 3 | |
Hours | 16 | |
Third Year | ||
Fall Semester | ||
MA 405 | Introduction to Linear Algebra ^{5} | 3 |
MA 403 | Introduction to Modern Algebra ^{5} | 3 |
ELP 344 | School and Society ^{37} | 3 |
EDP 304 | Educational Psychology ^{D,7} | 3 |
ED 311 | Classroom Assessment Principles and Practices ^{7} | 2 |
ED 312 | Classroom Assessment Principles and Practices Professional Learning Lab ^{7} | 1 |
GEP Health and Exercise Studies ^{E} | 1 | |
Hours | 16 | |
Spring Semester | ||
EMS 472 | Teaching Mathematics Topics in Senior High School ^{7} | 3 |
EMS 480 | Teaching Mathematics with Technology ^{7} | 3 |
Mathematics Elective ^{5,6} | 3 | |
ECI 416 | Teaching Exceptional Students in the Mainstreamed Classroom ^{7} | 3 |
GEP Additional Breadth (Humanities/Social Sciences/Visual and Performing Arts) ^{F,I,J} | 3 | |
Hours | 15 | |
Fourth Year | ||
Fall Semester | ||
Mathematics Elective ^{5, 6} | 3 | |
MA 408 | Foundations of Euclidean Geometry ^{5} | 3 |
EMS 490 | School Mathematics from an Advanced Perspective ^{7} | 3 |
EMS 470 | Methods and Materials for Teaching Mathematics ^{7} | 3 |
GEP Humanities Requirement ^{C,I,J} | 3 | |
Hours | 15 | |
Spring Semester | ||
EMS 471 | Student Teaching in Mathematics ^{7} | 10 |
EMS 495 | Senior Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education ^{7} | 2 |
Hours | 12 | |
Total Hours | 120-121 |
^{1} | COS 100 may substitute for E 115 |
^{2} | To satisfy the science requirement a sequence of two lab-based science courses (CH 101/CH 102 and CH 201/CH 202, or BIO 181 and BIO 183, or PY 205 and PY 208, or PY 201 and PY 202, or PY 211 and PY 212) must be taken. The third science may be selected from the GEP list of approved science courses. |
^{3} | Introduction to programming course must be selected from MA 116, CSC 110, CSC 112, CSC 114, or CSC 116. |
^{4} | At most one grade below a C- is permitted in the courses satisfying the science requirement. |
^{5} | At most one grade below a C is permitted in the mathematics, statistics, and computer science courses. |
^{6} | Math electives must be chosen from the following, if appropriate co/prerequisites have been met: MA 105 or MA 114; 325, 335, 341, 402, 410, 416, 421, 425, 427, 430, 432, 433, 437, LOG 435. |
^{7} | A grade below a B- is not permitted in EMS 204. A grade below a C is not permitted in all other EMS, EDP, ECI, ELP, and ED courses. |
^{8} | MA 341 may be taken in place of MA 351. |
*General Education Program (GEP) requirements and GEP Footnotes:
To complete the requirements for graduation and the General Education Program, the following category credit hours and co-requisites must be satisfied. University approved GEP course lists for each of the following categories can be found at http://www.ncsu.edu/uap/academic-standards/gep/courselists/index.html.
A | Mathematical Sciences (6 credit hours – one course with MA or ST prefix) Choose from the University approved GEP Mathematical Sciences course list or the following course(s) if completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill part or all of this requirement: MA 141, MA 241 |
B | Natural Sciences (7 credit hours – include one laboratory course or course with a lab) Choose from the University approved GEP Natural Sciences course list or the following course(s) if completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill part or all of this requirement: CH 101/102 and CH 201/202; or BIO 181/183; or PY 201/202 or PY 205/208 or PY 211/212 |
C | Humanities (6 credit hours selected from two different disciplines/course prefixes) Choose from the University approved GEP Humanities course list. |
D | Social Sciences (6 credit hours selected from two different disciplines/course prefixes) Choose from the University approved GEP Social Sciences course list or the following course(s) if completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill part or all of this requirement: ED 304, COM 112 |
E | Physical Education/Healthy Living (2 credit hours – at least one 100-level Fitness and Wellness Course) Choose from the University approved GEP Physical Education/Healthy Living course list. |
F | Additional Breadth - (3 credit hours to be selected from the following checked University approved GEP course lists) |
G | Interdisciplinary Perspectives (5-6 credit hours) Major/College course requirements satisfies 3 credit hours of this requirement. Remaining hours must be chosen from the University Approved GEP course list for the category: ECI 305 |
H | Introduction to Writing (4 credit hours satisfied by completing ENG 101 with a C- or better ) |
The following Co-Requisites must be satisfied to complete the General Education Program requirements: | |
I | U.S. Diversity (USD) Choose from the University approved GEP U.S. Diversity course list or choose a course identified on the approved GEP course lists as meeting the U.S. Diversity (USD) co-requisite. |
J | Global Knowledge (GK) |
K | Foreign Language proficiency - Proficiency at the FL_102 level is required for graduation. |