Handbook for XMS-BSAS: BS in Secondary Mathematics Education

(NCATE Approved Program)

Through the NCATE accreditation status and the Interstate Reciprocity Agreement, students who complete this program are eligible for certification to teach mathematics (grades 7-12) in most of the states in the United States.


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  1. The Program
  2. Advising
  3. Required Courses
  4. Student Teaching: Prerequisites
  5. Student Teaching: Application
  6. Table of Required Math and Education Courses
  7. Check List (PDF file)
  8. A Sample Curriculum (no MATH241)
    A Sample Curriculum (with MATH241)


1. The Program

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Delaware offers a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education. The program is designed to prepare competent secondary school mathematics teachers. The fundamental goals of school mathematics are to teach students to understand, reason, and communicate with mathematical concepts, solve problems arising from new and diverse contexts, and develop a sense of their own mathematical power. The philosophy underlying the Mathematics Education program is consistent with the current reform ideas in mathematics education, which emphasize the importance of thinking, understanding, reasoning, and problem solving.

Mathematics is a dynamic body of knowledge that is continually enriched through conjecture, exploration, analysis, and proof. In order to develop their future secondary school students' mathematical thinking and reasoning skills, the students in the Secondary Mathematics Education Program themselves must have well-established content knowledge. Thus, the program contains a broad range of mathematics courses, including Calculus, Introduction to Proof, Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, Probability, Statistics, Foundations of Geometry, and Mathematical Modeling. Students in the program will acquire mathematical knowledge and develop mathematical reasoning and thinking skills necessary for teaching mathematics in secondary schools.

Competent mathematics teachers must have not only deep mathematical knowledge but also significant pedagogical content knowledge about how to teach mathematics. Thus, the program also includes various courses in education, psychology, pedagogy, and field experiences necessary for teaching mathematics in secondary schools. Students in the Secondary Mathematics Education Program are provided opportunities to learn general educational processes as well as the processes of teaching and learning of mathematics. They are also provided opportunities to learn the psychological, social, and developmental nature of their future secondary school students, as well as instructional approaches and assessment techniques. Students in the program are exposed to not only the current reform ideas in mathematics education, but also to the appropriate use of technology as a learning and teaching tool in mathematics classrooms. They will use technologies such as Maple and SAS in their learning of mathematics, and graphing calculators, Geometer's Sketchpad and other tools in teaching secondary mathematics in school.

The Secondary Mathematics Education Program also contains an extensive field component, which enables students in the Program to learn all aspects of being a mathematics teacher through apprenticeship. Field experiences are provided in sophomore, junior, and senior years.

The program in Secondary Mathematics Education is a four-year program, and the sample curricula in this handbook show how it is possible to graduate in four years. But it should be noted that the Department expects students to be able to start either in MATH241 or MATH242, Calculus and Analytic Geometry A or B.

Students who need to take a precalculus course (e.g. MATH117), or who need to take three semesters of a foreign language may need longer to complete the program, unless they are able to take courses during the Winter and/or Summer sessions.

Note 1: All teacher education candidates must meet established criteria for admission into upper-division professional education study. These criteria include: Minimum cumulative grade point average; minimum grade point average in courses within their major; successful completion (grade of C- or better) of prerequisite courses and field experiences; and passing scores, as established by the University Council on Teacher Education, on Praxis I.

Note 2: Students must provide proof of having taken an appropriate academic content area test (e.g., Praxis II) or a state-designated academic content knowledge test (e.g., New York State test in the appropriate area) in order to receive recommendation for certification.

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2. Advising

Students planning to complete the certification requirements in the secondary mathematics education program should consult with members of the Secondary Mathematics Education Committee.

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3. Required Courses

University Requirements

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College Requirements

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Department Major Requirements (C- or better required for all courses)

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Professional Requirements (C- or better required for all courses)

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Required Related Work (C- or better required for all courses)

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Electives

Nine additional credits in mathematics or in related disciplines at the 300 level or above. (Courses not approved for math majors cannot be counted towards these 9 additional credits. Courses in other disciplines can be in CISC, ECON, PHYS and STAT from an approved list maintained by the Department of Mathematical Sciences)

After required courses are completed, sufficient elective credits must be taken to meet the minimum credit requirement for the degree, a total of 124 credits.

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4. Student Teaching (EDUC400, 9 credits): Prerequisites

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5. Student Teaching (EDUC400, 9 credits): Application

Student Teaching is only offered during the Spring semester. All students planning to student teach must complete student teaching application forms on-line (see student application procedures) by the end of February of the preceding year. For any questions related to student teaching contact the program director.

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6. Required MATH and EDUCATION courses

Course

Prerequisites

Corequisites
(taken before or simultaneously)

Offered *

MATH210

MATH221 or MATH241 or MATH242

Fall, Winter, Spring

MATH242

MATH241

Fall, Winter, Spr., Summer

MATH243

MATH242

Fall, Winter, Spr., Summer

MATH245

MATH242 and MATH210

Fall, Spring

MATH302

MATH243

Fall, Winter, Spr., Summer

MATH308

MATH241

Spring

MATH315**

MATH210

Spring

MATH349

MATH230 or MATH242

Fall, Spring

MATH350

MATH243

Fall, Spring

MATH401 **

MATH245

Spring

MATH450

MATH350 or equivalent

Fall, Spring

MATH451

MATH349 and MATH245

Fall

MATH503**

MATH302 or equivalent

Spring

MATH508**

MATH243

Spring

MATH512**

MATH302 or equivalent

Fall

MATH518**

MATH243 and MATH350

Fall

MATH540

MATH245

Fall

MATH279

MATH241

Spring

MATH379

MATH380

Fall

MATH380*

MATH379

Fall

MATH382

MATH380

EDUC400

Spring

EDUC400

MATH380

MATH382

Spring

EDUC413

NONE

Fall, Spring

EDUC414

NONE

Fall, Winter, Spring

EDUC419

NONE

Fall, Winter, Spring

EDUC420

NONE

Fall

* Course offering may vary from year to year depending on enrollment and other factors. Check with the corresponding department for actual offering before registering for courses.

** One of these four courses.

** One of these two courses.

* Capstone course for the major.

Note: Courses with same background color are corequisite.

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7. Check List (PDF file)

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8. Sample Curricula

These sample curricula are provided for guidance only - they don't have to be adopted. Only the requirements listed above must be followed.

Sample Curriculum (no MATH241)

Sample Curriculum (with MATH241)

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