University Catalog 2024-2025

Mathematics Education (BS): Statistics Specialization

The Mathematics Education: Statistics 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 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, and two statistics courses in lieu of math 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 
502J Poe Hall


Plan Requirements

Orientation Course
ED 100Intro to Education 12
Statistics Specialization
ST 311Introduction to Statistics 13
ST 312Introduction to Statistics II 13
ST 307Introduction to Statistical Programming- SAS 11
ST 421Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I 13
ST 422Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II 13
Introduction to Computing
E 115Introduction to Computing Environments1
or COS 100 Science of Change
Introductory Programming Course: 13
Introduction to Computing-FORTRAN
Introduction to Computing - Java
Introduction to Scientific Programming (Math)
COM 112Interpersonal Communication3
MA 141Calculus I 14
MA 241Calculus II 14
MA 242Calculus III 14
MA 225Foundations of Advanced Mathematics 13
MA 351Introduction to Discrete Mathematical Models 13
or MA 341 Applied Differential Equations I
MA 403Introduction to Modern Algebra 13
MA 405Introduction to Linear Algebra 13
MA 408Foundations of Euclidean Geometry 13
Natural Sciences
Natural Science Lab Course Elective 28
(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)
GEP Natural Sciences 23
Professional Education
EMS 204Introduction to Mathematics Education 32
ED 204Introduction to Teaching in Today's Schools 12
EDP 304Educational Psychology 13
ELP 344School and Society 13
ECI 305Equity and Education 13
EMS 480Teaching Mathematics with Technology 13
ED 311Classroom Assessment Principles and Practices 12
ED 312Classroom Assessment Principles and Practices Professional Learning Lab 11
EMS 472Teaching Mathematics Topics in Senior High School 13
EMS 470Methods and Materials for Teaching Mathematics 13
EMS 471Student Teaching in Mathematics 110
EMS 490School Mathematics from an Advanced Perspective 13
EMS 495Senior Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education 12
ECI 416Teaching Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms 13
General Education Program (GEP) Courses
ENG 101Academic Writing and Research 24
GEP Humanities6
GEP Health and Exercise Studies2
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives2
GEP Global Knowledge (verify requirement)
World Language Proficiency (verify requirement)
Free Electives3
Total Hours120

A grade of C or higher is required.


A grade of C- or higher is required.


A grade of B- or higher is required.

Natural Science Lab Course Elective

Chemistry Sequence
CH 101
CH 102
Chemistry - A Molecular Science
and General Chemistry Laboratory
CH 201
CH 202
Chemistry - A Quantitative Science
and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory
Biology Sequence
BIO 181Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity4
BIO 183Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology4
Physics Sequence A
PY 205
PY 206
Physics for Engineers and Scientists I
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory
PY 208
PY 209
Physics for Engineers and Scientists II
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory
Physics Sequence B
PY 201University Physics I4
PY 202University Physics II4
Physics Sequence C
PY 211College Physics I4
PY 212College Physics II4

Semester Sequence

This is a sample.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
MA 141 Calculus I 2 4
Science 1 4
ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research 4
E 115
Introduction to Computing Environments
or Science of Change
ED 100 Intro to Education 3 2
Spring Semester
MA 241 Calculus II 2 4
Science 1 4
ST 311 Introduction to Statistics 2 3
COM 112 Interpersonal Communication 3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
Second Year
Fall Semester
MA 242 Calculus III 2 4
Introduction to Programming 2 3
MA 225 Foundations of Advanced Mathematics 2 3
EMS 204 Introduction to Mathematics Education 3 2
ED 204 Introduction to Teaching in Today's Schools 3 2
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives 2
Spring Semester
Science 1 3
MA 405 Introduction to Linear Algebra 2 3
ECI 305 Equity and Education 3 3
ST 312 Introduction to Statistics II 2 3
ST 307 Introduction to Statistical Programming- SAS 2 1
EDP 304 Educational Psychology 3 3
Third Year
Fall Semester
GEP Humanities 3
ST 421 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I 2 3
MA 403 Introduction to Modern Algebra 2 3
MA 351 Introduction to Discrete Mathematical Models 2 3
ED 311 Classroom Assessment Principles and Practices 3 2
ED 312 Classroom Assessment Principles and Practices Professional Learning Lab 3 1
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
Spring Semester
ST 422 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II 2 3
EMS 472 Teaching Mathematics Topics in Senior High School 3 3
EMS 480 Teaching Mathematics with Technology 3 3
ELP 344 School and Society 3
GEP Humanities Requirement 3
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
ECI 416 Teaching Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms 3 3
MA 408 Foundations of Euclidean Geometry 2 3
EMS 490 School Mathematics from an Advanced Perspective 3 3
EMS 470 Methods and Materials for Teaching Mathematics 3 3
US Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 3
Spring Semester
EMS 471 Student Teaching in Mathematics 6 10
EMS 495 Senior Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education 6 2
 Total Hours120

At most one grade below a C- is permitted in the courses satisfying the science requirement.


At most one grade below a C is permitted in the mathematics, statistics, and computer science courses.


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.

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Career Titles

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Math Professor
  • Middle School Teacher

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American Mathematical Society
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