Combine your passions for math and education with a teaching - mathematics bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Rooted in experiential learning, our competitive program is known for producing top-notch math teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Completion of the program licenses you to teach all math courses to students in grades 4-12.
The curriculum within the teaching - mathematics degree focuses on the many different areas of mathematics, including calculus, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics. Courses within the major introduce you to various models of teaching, lesson and unit planning, direct and indirect methods of instruction, managing classrooms, and evaluating and assessing student learning.
While pursuing the major, you'll gain a deeper understanding of how math is learned — and how it is best taught. Through projects, labs and fieldwork, you'll acquire the tools and skills needed to develop successful students. The opportunity to assist teachers in their classrooms throughout your four years, as well as student teach for a full semester, will help you to build your leadership skills, identify your preferred teaching style and discover how to best meet the needs of your learners.
Upon graduation, you'll be ready to hit the ground running and make a difference in your future classrooms and community. Your knowledge of — and passion for — mathematics will educate and inspire the next generation, shaping them into curious, critical thinkers and insightful problem-solvers along the way.
UW-Eau Claire has built a supportive community and alumni network that can help students pay for college. For example, the Donald and Leatrice Mathison Mathematics Scholarship offers a $5,000 award to two students interested in becoming math teachers. Additionally, the CARE Center Founders Scholarship offers $1,000 to a first-year math education major who has prior tutoring experience and a passion for helping others be successful in math. We value giving you the funds you need to pursue your dreams.
Learn more about which resources are available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your mathematics teaching degree.
Learn more about our financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.
Teaching - mathematics program details
- Program length: four years
- Availability: campus
- This major can be completed with or without a minor or certificate.
- Aspiring Educators
- Actuarial Network
- Math Club
Cultural immersion trips. Many Blugolds seek out additional opportunities to learn about other cultures or teach in new schools and environments. These faculty-led experiences focus on a variety of interesting topics and often lead to new perspectives that can be life-changing. You may participate in programming at the Aldine School District in Houston, Texas; volunteer in classrooms in the Washington, D.C., area; or work as a teacher’s aide in Tucson, Arizona.
Collaborative research opportunities. The UWEC math department offers countless opportunities to learn beyond the classroom, including the chance to conduct mathematical research. Alongside dedicated faculty members, your work could lead to publications or presentations at regional and national conferences. Past research projects within the department have included Pattern Avoidance in Trees, Genetic Association Mapping in Latinos and Mathematics of Rhythm and Syncopation. The skills and experiences gained through research set our graduates apart from others, especially when applying for teaching jobs.
Connection to local employers. To help you explore career opportunities and make valuable connections, we host an annual Education Job Fair, an on-campus career fair specific for those looking to enter the field of education. This event is an excellent opportunity to make connections and submit your resume for current and future job openings.
A supportive learning environment. While pursuing the teaching - mathematics major, you'll be surrounded by people who, like you, are interested in math and working with children and young adults. Expert faculty throughout the program will help you learn modern teaching techniques and the fundamentals of a variety of mathematical approaches, helping you to best teach your future students.
Upon completion of the program, you will be certified to teach any mathematics course in grades 4-12. Our graduates go on to become effective, inspired and reflective educators, making a positive impact on others wherever they go.
Where are teaching - mathematics alumni now?
- Sixth-grade math teacher, Medford Middle School, Wisconsin
- Math teacher, Muskego High School, Wisconsin
- Math teacher, D.C. Everest School District, Wisconsin
- Math teacher, Wauwatosa School District, Wisconsin
UWEC provided experiences that molded me into the person I am today. I was able to be immersed in the Somali culture, work in an inner-city school and develop curriculum that connects cultures and math. These opportunities gave me insight and knowledge of the world, which I wouldn't trade for anything!
With a teaching - mathematics bachelor's degree, you will learn how to become a confident instructor, prepared to teach math to a variety of ages. In addition to a rigorous curriculum, a semester of student teaching provides real-world learning and opportunities to make valuable professional connections.
Classes for teaching - mathematics majors may include:
- Calculus I, II, and III
- Linear Algebra
- Modern Geometry
- Introduction to Probability and Mathematical Statistics
- Abstract Algebra I
- Issues in Secondary Mathematics
- Teaching Mathematics with Technology
- General Methods of Teaching
- Teaching Mathematics in Grades 5-12
Learn more about the comprehensive teaching - mathematics major in the UWEC course catalog.
Learn more about the standard teaching - mathematics major in the UWEC course catalog.
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