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The focus of the program is to provide the necessary mathematics content and methods for students to become mathematics teachers at the middle school to high school level.
In addition to receiving this degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, students also must complete the secondary education major in the School of Education. Students will learn theory and application of mathematics in a range of lower- and upper-level classes, as well as teaching methodology appropriate for teaching at the secondary level. In addition, students will learn how to use appropriate technology in teaching.
This major is designed to furnish students with the mathematics content necessary for secondary certification in mathematics; to teach secondary mathematics, students also will need to complete the secondary education major offered in the School of Education.
Students must complete the following mathematics and related courses. All programs are to be planned in careful consultation with a departmental advisor and be approved by that advisor.
To be endorsed by Drake University for licensure in an endorsement, students must obtain at least a "C" in all of the courses listed below.
Course | Credits |
Required Courses | |
MATH 050 - Calculus I | 4 |
MATH 054 - Introduction to Discrete Mathematics | 3 |
MATH 061 - Geometry for 6-12 Mathematics Teachers | 3 |
MATH 063 - Math & Technology for Teachers | 3 |
MATH 070 - Calculus II | 4 |
MATH 080 - Linear Algebra | 3 |
MATH 101 - Mathematical Reasoning | 3 |
MATH 144 - Topics in Mathematics Education | 3 |
MATH 145 - Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics | 3 |
MATH 192 - Mathematics Education Secondary Capstone | 1 |
CS 065 - Introduction to Computer Science I | 3 |
Choose one from the following | |
MATH 062 (Recommended) - Statistics and Probability for 6-12 Mathematics Teachers | 3 |
STAT 071 - Statistics I | 3 |
ACTS/MATH 131 - Introduction to Probability I | 4 |
Choose two from the following | |
MATH 153 - Modern Geometry | 3 |
MATH 155 - Introduction to Abstract Algebra I | 3 |
MATH 157 - History of Mathematics | 3 |
MATH 184 - Introduction to Real Analysis | 3 |
MATH 187 - Complex Analysis | 3 |
Strongly recommended additional courses | |
MATH 125 - Mathematical Modeling | 3 |
MATH 195 - Tutoring of Mathematics | 3 |
Total | 42-43 |
The minor provides the courses necessary for mathematics as a secondary teaching field. A students must have a departmental minor advisor and complete the following courses. Minimum required credit hours = 29.
Course | Credits |
Required courses | |
MATH 050 - Calculus I | 4 |
MATH 054 - Discrete Mathematics | 3 |
MATH 070 - Calculus II | 4 |
MATH 144 - Topics for Mathematics Teaching | 3 |
MATH 145 - Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics | 3 |
Choose one of the following algebra courses | |
MATH 080 - Linear Algebra | 3 |
MATH 155 - Introduction to Abstract Algebra I | 3 |
Choose one of the following geometry courses | |
MATH 061 (Recommended) - Geometry for 6-12 Teachers | 3 |
MATH 153 - Modern Geometry | 3 |
Choose one of the following statistics courses | |
MATH 062 (Recommended) - Statistics and Probability for 6-12 Teachers | 3 |
ACTS/MATH 131 - Introduction to Probability I | 4 |
STAT 071 - Statistics I | 3 |
Choose one of the following technology courses | |
MATH 045 (Recommended) - Mathematics and Techology | 3 |
CS 010 - Preview of Computer Science | 3 |
CS 065 - Introduction to Computer Science I | 3 |
Strongly recommended additional courses | |
MATH 157 - History of Mathematics | 3 |
MATH 195 - Tutoring of Mathematics | 3 |
Total | 29-30 |