Mathematics Secondary Education

Be A Teacher

Teacher Certification in Secondary Mathematics provides prospective teachers with the attitudes, content, pedagogical knowledge and skills necessary for a teaching career in middle or high school. The curriculum immerses students in the Mathematics content area, balancing preparatory pedagogical courses with direct application of knowledge and skills through meaningful field experiences.

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Minimum Grades

Students must earn a C or higher in the general education classes PSY 206 Human Growth and Development, COM 101 Oral Communications, and MA 113 College Algebra (or higher math). They must earn a C or higher in ED 200 Education as a Profession, ED 306 Introduction to Exceptional Learners, ED 452 Educational Measurement, ED 390 Classroom Management, and ED 360 Educational Psychology, and they must earn a B or higher in ED 302 Art and Science of Teaching.

Teacher Education

To be admitted to the Teacher Education program, students must pass the Praxis Core exam or earn a 21 or higher on the ACT or have a 3.0 overall GPA and complete 44 hours with a 2.75 GPA or higher, and pass a criminal background check.

Educator Preparation Program Progression

Once admitted, students will successfully complete BSB 313 Methods & Materials in the Teaching of Science (Biology), and then they qualify to begin their teacher internship semester, when they will enroll in ED 452 Educational Measurement and ED 409 Observation and Directed Teaching in Secondary Education Grades 7-12.


Because the secondary education program has additional requirements, the number of free electives in a student’s curriculum is limited. Students interested in secondary education certification should declare their major early in order to get proper advising so they progress through their curriculum in a timely fashion. Your advisor will know when required courses are usually offered and can help you decide which electives will allow you to fulfill the required distribution of courses. Without proper advising, you may spend more time earning your degree.

Students should complete most of their education and major requirements prior to their senior year. In the fall semester of their senior year, students must complete any remaining requirements and take MA 319 Materials and Methods in Secondary Mathematics. Then in the Spring semester students complete their degree with the Student Teaching Semester.

Want to Be a Teacher?

If you are interested in learning more about teaching certification in mathematics, please contact:

Dr. Bonnie Oppenheimer
PHONE: (662) 329-7376

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Mathematics Scholarships

There are various mathematics scholarships offered by the Department available to current Mathematics majors. Most of these scholarships are available to all students (including international students) except those students who are full-ride Centennial Scholars. Amounts awarded are generally in the $500 to $2000 dollar range.

Mathematics Scholarships

Alternate Route Certification

We have partnered with The W's School of Education to create a clear pathway to licensure for students who are interested in teaching, but did not start a Teacher Certification program early in their college career. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a graduate education degree and an alternative initial licensure program which provides those who complete this program an opportunity to teach in Mississippi schools. Some students may qualify to be admitted to the Accelerated MAT program while completing their bachelor’s degree. Students who qualify may also complete a regular Mathematics degree before applying to the MAT program.

Master of Arts in Teaching Program

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Mathematics, BS - Secondary Education Certification Curriculum

This information is presented for informational purposes. In the event of a discrepancy between this page and the Undergraduate Bulletin, the Bulletin should always be used.

General Education Curriculum

In keeping with The W's Mission, the General Education Program provides students with the skills, knowledge, and values they need to become independent, productive members of society in our continually changing world.

The W's General Education Program provides a foundation in the liberal arts that includes knowledge in the historical, literary, aesthetic, scientific, and cultural traditions that shape the world, and fosters skills that allow students to become civically responsible life-long learners ready to adapt to new challenges.

All students who complete the Mississippi University for Women general education program will demonstrate:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Cultural Literacy
  • Quantitative & Technology Skills
  • Understanding of Self, Global Societies, & the Natural World
  • Life-Long Learning

View General Education Requirements

Bachelor of Science Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree must complete the following courses in their academic program:

  • 8 semester hours of Laboratory Science
  • 3 semester hours of Mathematics MA 113 (or higher)
  • 6 semester hours of Science and/or Mathematics
  • 3 semester hours of additional mathematics above MA 113 or computer applications/programming course

A total of 20 hours is required, and students may not double count credit hours in the above categories.

Teacher Education Requirements

Teacher Education Majors are required to pass the following courses with a C or higher as part of their major and their General Education Curriculum.

  • MA 113 - College Algebra or higher Math including MA 123 (3 semester hours)
  • COM 101 - Oral Communication
  • PSY 206 - Human Growth and Development

Major Requirements

(grade of C or better required)

  • MA 123 - Statistics
  • MA 181 - Calculus I
  • MA 182 - Calculus II
  • MA 283 - Calculus III
  • MA 284 - Calculus IV
  • MA 301 - Concepts of Abstract Mathematics
  • MA 303 - Modern Geometry
  • MA 304 - Modern Algebra
  • MA 305 - Linear Algebra
  • MA 306 - Differential Equations
  • MA 310 - Probability

Select one of the following: (3 Semester Hours)

  • MA 455 - Advanced Calculus I
  • MA 461 - General Topology

Select one of the following: (3 Semester Hours)

  • SM 125 - Fortran
  • SM 135 - Programming in C++

Additional Requirements:

Select one from the following: (4 Semester Hours)

  • PSP 211 - General Physics with lab
  • PSP 213 - General Physics (Calculus Based) with lab

2.0 Major GPA required

2.0 Departmental GPA required

Comprehensive Exit Exam

Exit Questionnaire


At least 14 hours in science (including PSP 211 or PSP 213)

For mathematics with teacher certification majors, after the successful completion of Calculus I (MA 181), no mathematics courses below MA 114 can be applied toward graduation.

Professional Education Requirements, 7-12

(Minimum grade of C required):

ED 200 - Education as a Profession

ED 302 - Art and Science of Teaching

ED 306 - Introduction to Exceptional Learners

ED 360 - Educational Psychology

ED 365 - Content Area Reading

ED 390 - Classroom Management

ED 409 - Observation and Directed Teaching in Secondary Education Grades 7-12

MA 318 - Mathematics for Secondary School Teachers

MA 319 - Materials and Methods in Secondary Mathematics

ED 452 - Educational Measurement

Total Hours Required for a BS in Mathematics - Secondary Education Certification: 124 Semester Hours