BS in Mathematics Education

The programs in mathematics education offer a wide range of opportunities for students to develop their expertise in mathematics and in methods of teaching mathematics. Courses focus on research and practice in mathematics education, methods of teaching mathematics to students of varying ages and abilities, and the design and preparation of mathematics curriculum materials.

Undergraduate programs are available for those seeking initial licensure in mathematics at the middle and high school levels. These programs reflect current trends and new directions in curriculum and methodology. Professional preparation, including extensive fieldwork, is offered by the School of Education.

Students are required to complete a major portion of their coursework in mathematics and statistics. Courses in these areas are offered by the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Education. A portion of these courses includes a dual focus on content and pedagogy, such as Mathematics for Teaching: Geometry.

Specialty programs in the teaching of mathematics are available to undergraduates who are seeking initial licensure as elementary or special education teachers. After completion of the appropriate program, students are qualified to teach mathematics, to act as mathematics resource persons in team-teaching situations, and to organize and manage mathematics resource areas at the elementary level.

For complete information on these undergraduate programs and application procedures, please visit the School of Education website and BU Admissions.

5–8 Track Curriculum (Total Credits: 128)

Distribution Requirements (46 cr)

  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar (4 cr)
  • Two courses in humanities from CAS (8 cr)
  • Two courses in social sciences from CAS (8 cr)
  • CAS lab science (4 cr)
  • CAS natural or lab science (4 cr)
  • Electives (14 cr)

Mathematics Subject Requirements (36 cr)

  • CAS MA 123 Calculus I (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 124 Calculus II (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 213 Basic Statistics and Probability (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 242 Linear Algebra (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 293 Discrete Math (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 341 Number Theory (4 cr)
  • SED ME 559 Mathematics for Teaching: Geometry or CAS MA 528 Introduction to Modern Geometry (4 cr)
  • Two CAS MA electives (in consultation with advisor) (8 cr)

Professional Studies (46 cr)

  • SED ED 100/101 Introduction to Education (6 cr)
  • SED SE 251 Special Education and Adolescents (2 cr)
  • SED DS 502 Adolescent Development and Learning (2 cr)
  • SED ED 410/412 Social and Civic Context of Education (4 cr)
  • SED CT 375 Pre-Practicum in Secondary Schools (2 cr)
  • SED CT 534 Classroom Management (2 cr)
  • SED TL 525 Teaching English Language Learners in Middle/Secondary Schools (4 cr)
  • SED ME 363 Problem Solving in Mathematics (4 cr)
  • SED ME 360 Mathematics for Teaching: Algebra (4 cr)
  • SED ME 530 Equitable Pedagogies in STEM Education (2 cr)
  • SED ME 525 Assessment in Mathematics (2 cr)
  • SED ME 507/508 Student Teaching Practicum, 5–8 (8 cr)
  • SED ME 546 or SED ME 547 Methods of Teaching Math: Middle School or High School (4 cr)

8–12 Track Curriculum (Total Credits: 128)

Distribution Requirements (42 cr)

  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar (4 cr)
  • Two courses in humanities from CAS (8 cr)
  • Two courses in social sciences from CAS (8 cr)
  • CAS lab science (4 cr)
  • CAS natural or lab science (4 cr)
  • Electives (10 cr)

Mathematics Subject Requirements (40 cr)

  • CAS MA 123 Calculus I (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 124 Calculus II (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 225 Multivariate Calculus (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 226 Differential Equations (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 213 Basic Statistics and Probability (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 242 Linear Algebra (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 293 Discrete Math (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 341 Number Theory (4 cr)
  • SED ME 559 Mathematics for Teaching: Geometry or CAS MA 528 Introduction to Modern Geometry (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 294 Abstract Algebra or CAS MA 541 Modern Algebra I (4 cr)

Professional Studies (46 cr)

  • SED ED 100/101 Introduction to Education (6 cr)
  • SED SE 251 Special Education and Adolescents (2 cr)
  • SED DS 502 Adolescent Development and Learning (2 cr)
  • SED ED 410/412 Social and Civic Context of Education (4 cr)
  • SED CT 375 Pre-Practicum in Secondary Schools (2 cr)
  • SED CT 534 Classroom Management (2 cr)
  • SED TL 525 Teaching English Language Learners in Middle/Secondary Schools (4 cr)
  • SED ME 363 Problem Solving in Mathematics (4 cr)
  • SED ME 360 Mathematics for Teaching: Algebra (4 cr)
  • SED ME 530 Equitable Pedagogies in STEM Education (2 cr)
  • SED ME 525 Assessment in Mathematics (2 cr)
  • SED ME 507/508 Student Teaching Practicum, 8–12 (8 cr)
  • SED ME 546 or SED ME 547 Methods of Teaching Math: Middle School or High School (4 cr)