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Mathematics Education

Mathematics Education at UWEC


The goal of the UWEC mathematics education faculty is to develop our students into effective, inspired and reflective teachers who understand mathematics and how children and young adults learn mathematics. While we do not endorse any specific curricula, we give our students the exposure to standards-based and traditional curricula as well as the knowledge to see the strengths and weaknesses in any textbook. We prepare our students to become teacher-leaders in their community and profession by giving them the ability to reflect on their own teaching and analyze situations objectively regarding pedagogical approaches and curricular choices. We teach our students about the objectives and goals of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics as well as the Wisconsin Academic Standards. We educate students to have a deep knowledge of mathematics and of the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Students obtain a Bachelor of Science through the College of Education and Human Sciences. Degree programs in secondary education require students to complete either an academic major and minor, two academic majors, or a comprehensive major in an approved area. Students must complete a full semester of student teaching or an internship.

Coursework

Major: Mathematics, Teaching - To prepare to teach secondary school mathematics, students take 36 semester credits, including the basic sequence in Calculus (Math 114, 215, 216), Linear Algebra (Math 324), Modern Geometry (Math 330), Probability and Statistics (Math 345), and Abstract Algebra (Math 425).

Minor: Mathematics, Teaching - This complements an academic major in another field. 24 semester credits, including Calculus I and II (Math 114 and 215), Linear Algebra (Math 324), Modern Geometry (Math 330), Mathematical Probability and Statistics (Math 345), and Abstract Algebra (Math 425).

Minor: Mathematics, Elementary Teaching - For students majoring in Elementary Education. This minor prepares graduates to teach elementary and middle school mathematics.  Elementary Education majors with this mathematics minor will find that their employment potential is significantly enhanced. Students take Calculus I, a sequence in the content, methods and curriculum of grades 1-9 (Math 203, 204, 305), and upper level courses in mathematics including Discrete Math or Patterns of Problem Solving (Math 314 or Math 365), Abstract Algebra for Elementary School Teachers or Number Theory (Math 322 or Math 341), Geometry (Math 330).

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