Secondary Education - Mathematics, Bachelor of Science in Education
If you think that teaching math to the future generations of middle and high school students is your calling, then earning your degree in secondary education in mathematics is a great fit for you. While you develop expertise in math, you'll also take courses preparing you to develop curriculum and make your classroom a productive environment for your students. Enjoy a rigorous but collaborative learning environment, where you'll graduate ready to put your new-found knowledge to work shaping the educational experiences of generations to come.
Note: In addition to being admitted to the university, you must also meet the additional admission requirements and apply for admission to the Professional Education Programs.
This degree prepares future middle and high school educators to teach their students both the utility and potential of mathematics in our information-driven society. The plan includes content-rich coursework as well as significant preparation in teaching through the highly acclaimed NAUTeach science and mathematics teacher certification programs, using best practices and applied theory.
This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
The program is nationally recognized by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
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Career opportunities that might be pursued:
- Secondary (middle or high school) mathematics teacher
- Mathematics department chair
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Curriculum specialist
- School Administrator
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To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
- All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
- At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
- At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
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In addition to University Requirements:
- At least 83 units of major requirements which includes at least 36 units of Teacher Preparation Courses.
- Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements
- For this major the liberal studies prefixes are MAT and STA
- Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
Candidates in this program are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, professional knowledge, and professional dispositions to be eligible to enter student teaching or internship placements. Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills, professional dispositions are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in the following course(s):
Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion||120|
|Highest Mathematics Required||MAT 442|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Required|
|Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching||Required|
|University Honors Program||Optional|
|AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-S||Recommended|
|Progression Plan Link||View Progression Plan|
This program may lead to licensure.
The NAUTeach program is a challenging undergraduate course of study solely designed to prepare mathematics and science teachers for grades 6-12. The program emphasizes the pre-service teacher’s ability to develop research-based pedagogy through a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) focused, field intensive, rigorous curriculum. This allows undergraduate students to be highly supported by faculty who specialize in mathematics and science education research and Master Teachers that have years of professional classroom experience. Our program is designed for students with strong skills in mathematics or science seeking certification to teach biology, chemistry, physics, Earth sciences, general science, or mathematics at the secondary level.
The NAUTeach program, modeled after the successful UTeach program at the University of Texas, provides opportunities for you to:
- graduate in four years. Students earn a Bachelor of Science in education in their field of study.
- earn dual degrees. Students have the ability to earn degrees both in specific fields of science or mathematics and in teaching science or math.
- have early classroom teaching immersion. Students are in the K-12 mathematics or science classroom teaching and observing from the first semester and throughout the NAUTeach program to prepare for their capstone student teaching experience.
- work cooperatively in a STEM focused center. Course of study partnered with the department of Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics.
- experience “student-centered” instruction. Course structure supports deep student understanding of concepts related to teaching, science, and mathematics.
- develop numerous STEM based lessons and a full STEM based unit. Students teach numerous STEM lessons and a STEM unit at local secondary schools, which build towards a capstone student teaching experience that utilizes the full range of skills and experiences.
- engage in educational dialogue and planning. Students plan lessons that promote deep content knowledge, analytical reasoning, creative thought and use of appropriate teaching strategies.
- use technology to enhance learning. Students experience technology throughout NAUTeach courses and develop lessons that model technology use in 6-12 classrooms.
- earn scholarships, internships and loan forgiveness. Numerous financial opportunities exist for secondary mathematics and science education majors.
- inspire future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians to change the world. Visit Teachers who inspired great scientists to see how teachers change the world.
- Knowledge of Problem Solving. Candidates know, understand and apply the process of mathematical problem solving.
- Knowledge of Reasoning and Proof. Candidates reason, construct, and evaluate mathematical arguments and develop as appreciation for mathematical rigor and inquiry.
- Knowledge of Mathematical Communication. Candidates communicate their mathematical thinking orally and in writing to peers, faculty and others.
- Knowledge of Mathematical Connections. Candidates recognize, use, and make connections between and among mathematical ideas and in contexts outside mathematics to build mathematical understanding.
- Knowledge of Mathematical Representation. Candidates use varied representations of mathematical ideas to support and deepen students' mathematical understanding.
- Knowledge of Technology. Candidates embrace technology as an essential tool for teaching and learning mathematics.
- Dispositions. Candidates support a positive disposition toward mathematical processes and mathematical learning.
- Knowledge of Mathematics Pedagogy. Candidates possess a deep understanding of how students learn mathematics and of the pedagogical knowledge specific to mathematics teaching and learning.
- Knowledge of Number and Operations. Candidates demonstrate computational proficiency, including a conceptual understanding of numbers, ways of representing number, relationships among number and number systems, and the meaning of operations.
- Knowledge of Different Perspectives on Algebra. Candidates emphasize relationships among quantities including functions, ways of representing mathematical relationships, and the analysis of change.
- Knowledge of Geometries. Candidates use spatial visualization and geometric modeling to explore and analyze geometric shapes, structures, and their properties.
- Knowledge of Calculus. Candidates demonstrate a conceptual understanding of limit, continuity, differentiation, and integration and a thorough background in techniques and application of the calculus.
- Knowledge of Discrete Mathematics. Candidates apply the fundamental ideas of discrete mathematics in the formulation and solution of problems.
- Knowledge of Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability. Candidates demonstrate an understanding of concepts and practices related to data analysis, statistics, and probability.
- Knowledge of Measurement. Candidates apply and use measurement concepts and tools.
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Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
To be eligible for admission to the teacher education program, candidates must meet the following requirements and apply for the program online.
30 units of coursework which includes:
- TSM 101, TSM 102, and TSM 301W with grades of "C" or better
- Program Mathematics Foundations requirement with a grade of "C" or better
- The English foundations requirement (ENG 105 or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (If your English GPA is below 3.0, you may take an approved writing course to achieve the 3.0 GPA.)
- Completion of or enrollment in TSM 301W
- A minimum GPA of 2.5 in at least 12 units from the following content major courses: TSM 101, TSM 102, MAT 136, MAT 137, TSM 301W, and MAT 226.
- A cumulative GPA of 2.5
- You must be declared in this major
- Submission of a copy of your State-approved Identity-Verified Print (IVP) fingerprint clearance card, obtainable through the Arizona Department of Public Safety (602-223-2279)
This major requires 83 units distributed as follows:
- Content Courses: 47 units
- Teacher Preparation Courses: 36 units
Take the following 83 units. A minimum NAU cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required. For all Major Requirements coursework, a passing grade is required or a grade of “C” or better is required for courses evaluated on an A-F scale. Additionally, a grade of “B” or better in at least two of the following three courses TSM 350, TSM 404, and TSM 450 is required. TSM 350, TSM 404 and TSM 450 may be repeated with a grade of “C”.
Content Courses (47 units with a Grade of "C" or better):
- CS 122, CS 122L (If you complete a minor or major in computer science, you may add 3 units to your general electives instead of taking this course.) (3 units)
- MAT 136, MAT 137, MAT 226, MAT 285, MAT 320, MAT 318, MAT 365, MAT 401, MAT 402, MAT 442, (STA 270 or STA 275) (35 units)
- MAT 411 or MAT 431 (3 units)
- Select additional units from MAT 232, MAT 238, MAT 239 and/or MAT and STA courses numbered 300 or above (6 units)
Teacher Preparation Courses (36 units with a Grade of "C" or better, except where noted*)
- BME 437 (3 units)
- ESE 330 (3 units)
- POS 220 (3 units)
- TSM 101, TSM 102, TSM 301W (5 units)
- TSM 350, TSM 404, TSM 450 with a grade of “B” or better in at least two of the three* (9 units)
- TSM 495C - together with TSM 496 meets the senior capstone requirement (12 units)
- TSM 496 - together with TSM 495C meets the senior capstone requirement (1 unit)
Teacher education programs require a student teaching or internship experience. A minimum number of practicum units are also required, which involves supervised field experience with a practicing teacher. These required experiences are embedded in the major requirements courses.
Before being accepted to student teaching, the following criteria must be met:
- Admission to the Professional Education Programs (PEP)
- GPA and course grade requirements for degree program as stated in Additional Admission and Major Requirements
- Complete all plan requirements
- Take the appropriate AEPA or NES Subject Knowledge test. All major coursework, with the exception of TSM 101, must be completed within six years prior to student teaching.
- Successful completion of required state and university training modules
- All candidates must demonstrate professional and ethical standards of practice as described in the Model Code of Ethics for Educators and adhere to NAU’s and PEP’s Student Code of Conduct
- All outstanding PEP Alerts must be resolved per improvement plan
- Attend mandatory Student Teaching Orientation
- Candidates requesting student teaching placements in TSM 495C must take the NES Mathematics Subject Knowledge Exam prior to final clearance to student teach
In order to obtain an AZ teaching certificate, you must pass the following required Arizona Educator Exams
- Mathematics Secondary Subject Knowledge Exam
- Secondary Professional Knowledge Exam
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
Be aware that Arizona state teacher certification requirements leading to an Institutional Recommendation may change at any time, and may impact program of study requirements.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information, see course information contained in the catalog or your advisor.
This degree plan is supported through the NAUTeach program.