Mathematics Education, Secondary (9-12)

The purpose of the specialty area of mathematics is to prepare students for teaching mathematics in public schools at the secondary level. The goals of the program are as follows:

1. To develop teachers of mathematics who are independent mathematical scholars.

2. To develop teachers of mathematics who have a sound mathematics knowledge base, which enables them to recognize and apply connections among mathematical ideas.

3. To develop teachers of mathematics who possess the logical reasoning skills, analytical skills, and problem-solving methodologies to understand and apply mathematics.

4. To develop teachers of mathematics who are able to communicate mathematical concepts and procedures in appropriate ways.

5. To provide the background for further study and professional growth in mathematics.


Specific curriculum objectives that contribute to these overall goals are as follows:

1. To provide a basic understanding of Calculus.

2. To provide a basic understanding of elementary real analysis.

3. To provide a basic understanding of linear and modern algebra.

4. To provide a basic understanding of geometry.

5. To provide a basic understanding of probability and statistics.

6. To provide a basic understanding of discrete mathematics.

7. To provide for the development of analytical and problem-solving skills.

8. To provide for the development of mathematical reasoning.

9. To provide for the development of skill in reading problems and formulating mathematical models.

10. To provide for the development of problem-solving methods and skills in algorithmic design using the computer.

11. To provide knowledge of current issues and trends in teaching mathematics.

12. To provide knowledge of methods in teaching secondary mathematics.