Department of Mathematics and Statistics

BA in Mathematics with a 7-12 Teacher Certification Track

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 time 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. It has four components: USM Core curriculum, a mathematics major, professional education courses, and electives totaling 120 credit hours for the degree.


All students must formally declare their entry into a teacher certification concentration by completing the declaration procedures found on the Office of Educator Preparation web site at Passing Praxis Core scores, creation of a free Tk20 account and declaration application, and two recommendation forms are necessary to complete the declaration process.

All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an Educator Preparation program or pathway in USM summer 2013 or later and are accepted as a candidate for their internship year are required to subscribe to the Tk20 online data management system once being accepted as a teacher education candidate and prior to their internship year. The subscription allows students to use the system for assessment, advisement, field-experience, and career portfolio management. The subscription fee of $103 covers some of the expenses related to the administration and assessment of the program. For loan purposes, it will be eligible for consideration as part of costs. The subscription is a one-time payment and must be made by each student after they have passed their candidacy process and before the first semester of their internship year. Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation web site: 

Please note Professional Education Council Policy:  In order for USM’s Education Preparation Unit program completers to be recommended by the institution to the state for certification or licensure, the candidate must provide evidence of meeting all certification requirements including proficiency on the standards relevant to his/her state approved professional program and this evidence must be compiled and assessed within the context of the Unit’s data management system (i.e., Tk20). For the purposes of field placements in schools during the educational cluster and internship year, students are required to complete and show documentation of the fingerprinting process outlined by the Maine Department of Education:

Students must maintain a high level of academic achievement. Minimum academic requirements are as follows:

  • A grade of C or better in all University Core and major coursework
  • A grade of B or better in all professional education coursework
  • An overall GPA of 3.00 or better

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)

Professional Education Internship Requirements: 

  • MME 434 Secondary Mathematics Methods (3 cr.)
  • MME 435 Professional Internship (9 cr. taken over 2 or more semesters)
  • MME 436 Seminar (6 cr. taken over 2 semesters)


Students must complete elective credit to complete the 120 credit hour degree. For those students interested in teaching at the middle level (grades 7 or 8), it is recommended to complete coursework in a second content area (e.g., English, social studies, life or physical science) to become highly qualified to teach an additional content area. Those students interested in teaching high school may want to use their elective credits to bolster their content knowledge by taking additional courses in their major field and related fields. Finally, students should consider taking education courses that will support them to become better teachers including, but not limited to, topics such as literacy, technology, understanding and collaborating with families.