2013-14 Catalogs

BA in Secondary Mathematics Education

Concentration Secondary Education, Mathematics major

This concentration is for students who want to become certified to teach 7-12 mathematics in Maine. Interested students should see the secondary 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 program 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.

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-  MAT 152 Calculus A (4 cr.)
  • Creative Expression (3 cr.)
  • Socio-Cultural Analysis- HRD 200 Multicultural Human Growth & Development (3 cr.)
  • Science Exploration (4 cr.)
  • Ethics- 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.)

Special 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 Year Requirements: 

  • MME 434 Secondary Mathematics Methods (3 cr.)
  • STEM Seminar in Teaching and Learning I (3 cr.)
  • STEM Seminar in Teaching and Learning II (3 cr.)
  • Internship in Secondary Education (9 cr.)


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 that they 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 discipline 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.

Other Requirements:

All students must formally declare their entry into a teacher certification program or pathway by completing the declaration procedures found on the Office of Educator Preparation web site at http://www.usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation. Passing Praxis I scores, subscription to Tk20, and two letters of recommendation 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 are required to subscribe to the TK20 online data management system. The $103 subscription allows students to use the system for assessment, advisement, field-experience, and career portfolio management. For loan purposes, it will be eligible for consideration as part of the costs. The subscription is a one-time payment and must be made by each student during the first semester of program or pathway matriculation (check with individual programs and pathways for specific subscription timelines). Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation web site.

The Office of Educator Preparation at USM will consider, on a limited basis, individual requests for financial support to assist in payment of this fee for students who have challenging and extenuating financial circumstances (e.g. unexpected medical expenses; a sudden unforeseen life event that causes a dire financial burden). To apply for a subsidy, complete the application form on the Office of Educator Preparation web site under Tk20. Submit the application to Colleen Pleau in that office (8 Bailey Hall) or via e-mail (cpleau@usm.maine.edu). Applications for this subsidy must be received no later than four weeks following the start of a student's matriculation semester by Kim Warren (kwarren@usm.maine.edu), School of Education and Human Development Director of Student Affairs.

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.

Prior to admission to the professional internship year, students must pass the Praxis II exam and demonstrate satisfactory progress toward the State of Maine Core Teaching Standards.

As required by partner school districts and prior to the professional internship, students must be fingerprinted through the State of Maine Department of Education.