# Mathematics Education (BS): Middle Grades Mathematics Concentration

The Mathematics Education: Middle Grades Concentration (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 and statistics 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. In addition, students take courses specific to teaching content in the middle grades. 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 6-9. Students in this program have the option to pursue a dual teaching license. This means they will receive a BS in Mathematics Education but they may be recommended for licensure in both middle grades mathematics and middle grades science. 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): Middle Grades Mathematics Concentration: 120 Total Units**

Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|

English and Communication | ||

ENG 101 | Academic Writing and Research ^{1} | 4 |

COM 112 | Interpersonal Communication | 3 |

Mathematical Sciences | ||

MA 141 | Calculus I ^{2} | 4 |

MA 241 | Calculus II ^{2} | 4 |

MA 225 | Foundations of Advanced Mathematics ^{2} | 3 |

MA 403 | Introduction to Modern Algebra ^{2} | 3 |

MA 408 | Foundations of Euclidean Geometry ^{2} | 3 |

Select one of the following: ^{2} | 3 | |

Elements of Matrix Computations | ||

Introductory Linear Algebra and Matrices | ||

Introduction to Linear Algebra | ||

Discrete Mathematics or Science Elective | 3 | |

ST 311 | Introduction to Statistics ^{2} | 3 |

Natural Sciences | ||

Select one of the following: ^{2} | 4 | |

Chemistry and Society | ||

Chemistry - A Molecular Science and General Chemistry Laboratory | ||

BIO 105 | Biology in the Modern World ^{2} | 3 |

BIO 106 | Biology in the Modern World Laboratory ^{2} | 1 |

PY 131 | Conceptual Physics ^{2} | 4 |

Mathematics/Science Elective ^{2} | 6 | |

Professional Education | ||

ED 100 | Intro to Education ^{2} | 2 |

EMS 204 | Introduction to Mathematics Education ^{3} | 2 |

ED 204 | Introduction to Teaching in Today's Schools ^{2} | 2 |

EDP 304 | Educational Psychology ^{2} | 3 |

ECI 309 | Teaching in the Middle Years ^{2} | 3 |

ECI 306 | Middle Years Reading ^{2} | 3 |

ELP 344 | School and Society ^{2} | 3 |

EMS 480 | Teaching Mathematics with Technology ^{2} | 3 |

ED 311 | Classroom Assessment Principles and Practices ^{2} | 2 |

ED 312 | Classroom Assessment Principles and Practices Professional Learning Lab ^{2} | 1 |

EMS 375 | Methods of Teaching Science I ^{2} | 3 |

EMS 474 | Teaching Mathematics Topics in the Middle Grades ^{2} | 3 |

EMS 470 | Methods and Materials for Teaching Mathematics ^{2} | 3 |

EMS 471 | Student Teaching in Mathematics ^{2} | 10 |

EMS 490 | School Mathematics from an Advanced Perspective ^{2} | 3 |

ECI 416 | Teaching Exceptional Students in the Mainstreamed Classroom ^{2} | 3 |

EMS 495 | Senior Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education ^{2} | 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) | ||

Free Electives | ||

Free Electives ^{4} | 2 | |

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. |

^{4} | Students should consult their academic advisors to determine which courses fill this requirement. |

### Discrete Mathematics or Science Electives

Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|

Discrete Mathematics Electives | ||

MA 103 | Topics in Contemporary Mathematics | 3 |

MA 103A | Topics in Contemporary Mathematics | 3 |

MA 105 | Mathematics of Finance | 3 |

MA 114 | Introduction to Finite Mathematics with Applications | 3 |

Science Electives | ||

MEA 101 | Geology I: Physical | 3 |

EMS 375 | Methods of Teaching Science I | 3 |

MEA 130 | Introduction to Weather and Climate | 3 |

PY 124 | Solar System Astronomy | 3 |

### Mathematics/Science Electives

Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|

Science Electives | ||

ES 100 | Introduction to Environmental Sciences | 3 |

ES 200 | Climate Change and Sustainability | 3 |

ES 300 | Energy and Environment | 3 |

MEA 101 | Geology I: Physical | 3 |

MEA 130 | Introduction to Weather and Climate | 3 |

PY 123 | Stellar and Galactic Astronomy | 3 |

Mathematics Electives | ||

CSC 416 | Introduction to Combinatorics | 3 |

CSC 427 | Introduction to Numerical Analysis I | 3 |

EMS 375 | Methods of Teaching Science I | 3 |

LOG 335 | Symbolic Logic | 3 |

MA 116 | Introduction to Scientific Programming (Math) | 3 |

MA 242 | Calculus III | 4 |

MA 325 | Introduction to Applied Mathematics | 3 |

MA 335 | Symbolic Logic | 3 |

MA 341 | Applied Differential Equations I | 3 |

MA 351 | Introduction to Discrete Mathematical Models | 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 |

ST 312 | Introduction to Statistics II | 3 |

## Semester Sequence

This is a sample.

First Year | ||
---|---|---|

Fall Semester | Hours | |

MA 141 | Calculus I ^{1} |
4 |

Select one of the following: ^{2} |
4 | |

Chemistry and Society | ||

Chemistry - A Molecular Science and General Chemistry Laboratory |
||

ENG 101 | Academic Writing and Research | 4 |

GEP Health and Exercise Studies | 1 | |

ED 100 | Intro to Education ^{3} |
2 |

Hours | 15 | |

Spring Semester | ||

MA 241 | Calculus II ^{1} |
4 |

BIO 105 | Biology in the Modern World ^{2} |
3 |

BIO 106 | Biology in the Modern World Laboratory ^{2} |
1 |

COM 112 | Interpersonal Communication | 3 |

GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives | 3 | |

GEP Health and Exercise Studies | 1 | |

Hours | 15 | |

Second Year | ||

Fall Semester | ||

Free Elective | 2 | |

MA 225 | Foundations of Advanced Mathematics ^{1} |
3 |

PY 131 | Conceptual Physics ^{2} |
4 |

EMS 204 | Introduction to Mathematics Education ^{3} |
2 |

ED 204 | Introduction to Teaching in Today's Schools ^{3} |
2 |

GEP Humanities | 3 | |

Hours | 16 | |

Spring Semester | ||

Select one of the following: ^{1} |
3 | |

Elements of Matrix Computations | ||

Introductory Linear Algebra and Matrices | ||

Introduction to Linear Algebra | ||

Select one of the following: ^{4} |
3 | |

Discrete Mathematics Elective ^{1} |
||

Discrete Science Elective ^{2} |
||

Select one of the following: ^{4} |
3 | |

Mathematics Elective ^{1} |
||

Science Elective ^{2} |
||

EDP 304 | Educational Psychology ^{3} |
3 |

ECI 309 | Teaching in the Middle Years ^{3} |
3 |

GEP Humanities | 3 | |

Hours | 18 | |

Third Year | ||

Fall Semester | ||

MA 403 | Introduction to Modern Algebra ^{1} |
3 |

ELP 344 | School and Society ^{3} |
3 |

ED 311 | Classroom Assessment Principles and Practices ^{3} |
2 |

ED 312 | Classroom Assessment Principles and Practices Professional Learning Lab ^{3} |
1 |

ST 311 | Introduction to Statistics ^{1} |
3 |

GEP Additional Breadth (Humanities/Social Sciences/Visual and Performing Arts) | 3 | |

Hours | 15 | |

Spring Semester | ||

MA 408 | Foundations of Euclidean Geometry ^{1} |
3 |

ECI 306 | Middle Years Reading ^{3} |
3 |

ECI 416 | Teaching Exceptional Students in the Mainstreamed Classroom ^{3} |
3 |

EMS 480 | Teaching Mathematics with Technology | 3 |

Select one of the following: | 3 | |

Mathematics Elective ^{1} |
||

Methods of Teaching Science I | ||

Hours | 15 | |

Fourth Year | ||

Fall Semester | ||

EMS 474 | Teaching Mathematics Topics in the Middle Grades ^{3} |
3 |

EMS 490 | School Mathematics from an Advanced Perspective ^{3} |
3 |

EMS 470 | Methods and Materials for Teaching Mathematics ^{3} |
3 |

Select one of the following: ^{4} |
3 | |

Mathematics Elective ^{1} |
||

Science Elective ^{2} |
||

GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives | 2 | |

Hours | 14 | |

Spring Semester | ||

EMS 495 | Senior Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education ^{3} |
2 |

EMS 471 | Student Teaching in Mathematics | 10 |

Hours | 12 | |

Total Hours | 120 |

^{1} | At most one grade below a C is permitted in the mathematics, statistics, and computer science courses. |

^{2} | At most one grade below a C- is permitted in the courses satisfying the science requirements for a student intending to license in mathematics. For a student intending to license in mathematics and science, no grades below a C are permitted in the courses satisfying the science requirements. |

^{3} | 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, ED courses. |

^{4} | To be eligible for a teaching license in |