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.

All students entering as freshmen in Fall 2018 and after will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, a general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements can be satisfied through coursework in and beyond the major and, in some cases, through co-curricular activities. Students majoring in Mathematics Education will ordinarily, through coursework taken in the Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, satisfy BU Hub requirements in Diversity, Civic Engagement, and Global Citizenship; Communication; Quantitative Reasoning; and some elements of the Intellectual Toolkit, essential for educators working with other professionals. Additional requirements may be satisfied through required Arts & Sciences coursework, and it is important that students keep Hub requirements in mind when selecting these courses. Remaining BU Hub requirements will be satisfied by selecting from a wide range of available courses outside the major or, in some cases, co-curricular experiences.

Boston University students specializing in Mathematics Education engage in a comprehensive course of study that includes a strong base in the arts and sciences, with coursework in the humanities, social sciences, and math and science, as well as in education, in general, and in Mathematics Education. Fieldwork in area schools with students is threaded all throughout the students’ course study.

The program of study for each student is carefully designed to enable students to meet both the BU Hub capacities and the requirements that enable Boston University to recommend students to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for an Initial teaching licenses in Mathematics Education, Grades 5–12, Fulfillment of licensure requirements in the program can lead to licensure in states with which the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has reciprocity.

Prospective undergraduate students may also apply to the Double Degree Program, a joint program between Wheelock and the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS). This program allows undergraduates to earn two bachelor’s degrees in four years: a BS in Mathematics Education from Wheelock, and a BA in Mathematics from CAS. This program is for highly motivated students who wish to expand their knowledge of mathematics teaching and mathematics content. The work is challenging, but in most cases, can be completed in four years through consultation with dedicated faculty advisors. The Double Degree program is open to freshmen applying for September admission only.

Add-on licensure is available to undergraduates who are seeking Initial Licensure as an Elementary Education Teacher or Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities, Grades 5–12.

Mathematics Education 5–8 Track (total credits: 128)

BU Hub Requirements or Electives Outside the Major (47 cr)

Mathematics Subject Matter Requirements (36 cr)

  • CAS MA 123 Calculus I (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 124 Calculus II (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 115 Statistics I (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 Requirements (45 cr)

  • SED ED 110 Introduction to Education (4 cr)
  • SED ED 111 Educational Technology (1 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 Student Teaching Practicum, 5–8 (8 cr)
  • SED ME 546 Methods of Teaching Math: Middle School (4 cr)

Mathematics Education 8–12 Track (total credits: 128)

BU Hub Requirements or Electives Outside the Major (43 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 Requirements (45 cr)

  • SED ED 110 Introduction to Education (4 cr)
  • SED ED 111 Educational Technology (1 cr)
  • SED SE 251 Special Education and Adolescents (2 cr)
  • SED DS 502 Adolescent Development and Learning (2 cr)
  • SED ED 410 Social Context of Education (2 cr)
  • SED ED 412 Civil Context of Education (2 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 508 Student Teaching Practicum, 8–12 (8 cr)
  • SED ME 547 Methods of Teaching Math: High School (4 cr)