Department of Mathematics and Statistics

BA in Mathematics - Secondary Teacher Education

This track is for students who want to become certified to teach grades 7-12 mathematics in Maine. Interested students should see the secondary education mathematics coordinator upon acceptance at USM, matriculation, upon choosing a math major, or as early in their academic studies at USM as possible. The curriculum for this track is designed to provide prospective 7-12 teachers a strong academic foundation in mathematics along with a continuous focus on both the theory and practice of teaching through a sequence of pre-internship education courses and field experiences. The degree has four components: USM Core curriculum, a mathematics major, professional education courses, and electives totaling 120 credit hours.

USM Core Curriculum (including pre-internship education courses):

  • EYE 108 Culture, Identity, and Education (recommended) (3 cr.)
  • EDU 100 Exploring Teaching (recommended) (3 cr.)
  • College Writing - ENG 100 (3 cr.)
  • Cultural Interpretation (3 cr.)
  • Quantitative Reasoning - MAT 152 Calculus A (4 cr.)
  • Creative Expression - EDU 230 Teaching through the Arts (recommended) (3 cr.)
  • Socio-Cultural Analysis- HRD 200 Multicultural Human Development (3 cr.)
  • Science Exploration (4 cr.)
  • Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility, and Citizenship - EDU 310 Purpose of Schooling in a Democracy (3 cr.)
  • Cluster - EDU 305 Foundations of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Education, and SED 420 Multi-Tiered Systems of Educational Support (9 cr.)
  • Diversity and International met with EDU 305 and EDU 310 respectively

Major Requirements:

Mathematics major (see major degree requirements) specializing in the pure math concentration, including the following required courses:

  • MAT 352 Real Analysis
  • MAT 371 College Geometry
  • MAT 395 Abstract Algebra
  • A mathematics modeling course (this course will count as one of the two required upper-level mathematics electives)

Secondary Teacher Education (7-12) Requirements

All requirements for the Secondary Teacher Education program, including academic requirements, education courses, content requirements, the professional internship year, and declaration and candidacy can be found here.