BS in Mathematics Education

The Secondary Education – Mathematics major is designed for students who plan to teach Mathematics at middle, junior or high school level or for graduate studies in the field. The degree will prepare students to become state certified to teach the subject at any secondary level and help to address shortages of secondary math educators in Utah. Graduates will not only understand the art of teaching but also have a deep content knowledge of Mathematics. Graduates of this program are able to accurately interpret and translate pictorial and descriptive information into mathematical statements; solve problems quantitatively and communicate results clearly; demonstrate understanding of numeric, algebraic and geometric reasoning; and, demonstrate computational skills in areas of applied mathematics.

The key knowledge, skill and ability goals of the B.S. Mathematics Education program are:

  • Knowing about mathematics, general pedagogy, and students' mathematical learning, including modes of instruction and assessment, ways of building students' informal understanding, and ways to stimulate engagement and exploration;
  • Designing and implementing mathematical experiences that stimulate student's interest and intellect;
  • Orchestrate and facilitate meaningful classroom discourse in ways that promote the exploration and growth of mathematical ideas;
  • Assessing students' existing mathematical knowledge and challenging students to extend that knowledge;
  • Implementing teaching and learning activities, including selecting worthwhile mathematical tasks while creating a challenging and nurturing classroom environment;
  • Analyzing students' learning, the mathematical tasks, the environment, and classroom discourse to make ongoing instructional decisions.

Mathematics Teaching Today, NCTM 2010