Mathematics B.S. – Secondary Teaching Emphasis Initial license in Mathematics (Grades 7-12)

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact: Robert A. Powers, Ed.D., Professor

Location: Ross Hall 2239

Telephone: 970.351.2820


Advising Information

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login;; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of four parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Credits
  4. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

All undergraduate programs require a core of common courses to provide students with a solid foundation in the mathematical sciences. Thereafter, students can choose from three different emphasis areas depending on their educational interests and goals.

This program prepares students to teach mathematics, such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and mathematical analysis and applications at the secondary school level (grades 7-12).

Students entering this program are expected to have the equivalent of four years of high school mathematics that will enable them to begin a study of calculus; students without these prerequisites may be required to take additional courses in algebra and trigonometry before beginning the calculus sequence.

Graduates of this program are prepared and will be qualified for licensure to teach mathematics in grades 7-12 in the state of Colorado. The program also prepares students for graduate study in mathematics education.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

For admission to PTEP, the student must have:

  • completed MATH 131 and MATH 132 (with a grade of "C" or better (C- is not acceptable);
  • completed at UNC at least two content courses that may count toward the Math major;
  • a GPA of at least 2.5 in all content courses taken at UNC that may count toward the major.

For admission to Student Teaching, the student must have:

  • satisfactorily completed at least 30 semester hours of content courses that may count toward the math major, including: MATH 221, MATH 321 and MATH 341;
  • satisfactorily completed Phases One, Two and Three of the Secondary Teacher Education Program;
  • a GPA of at least 2.5 in content courses taken at UNC that may count toward the major.

The GPA in the content courses will be computed by the School of Mathematical Sciences according to procedures approved by the faculty that are in place at the time the student's application for admission to PTEP, or to student teaching, or for graduation.

Content courses that may count toward the major are those mathematics, statistics and/or computer courses specified in the Catalog as required courses for the major, or as program electives in the major.

It is recommended that students take MED 272, Mathematics Tutoring.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 8 credits

LAC area 2 — Mathematics

MATH 131Calculus I


MATH 132Calculus II


Remaining LAC — 34 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

2. Required Major — 35 credits

Take all of the following courses:

CG 120Computer Programming


MATH 221Elementary Linear Algebra


MATH 228Discrete Mathematics


MATH 233Calculus III


MATH 321Introduction to Abstract Algebra I


MATH 341Introduction to Modern Geometry I


MATH 350Elementary Probability Theory


Take four of the following six courses. At least one of MATH 437 or MATH 464 must be included in your selections.

MATH 317Mathematical Foundations for Teachers


MATH 322Introduction to Abstract Algebra II


MATH 342Introduction to Modern Geometry II


MATH 351Elementary Statistics Theory


MATH 437Mathematical Modeling


MATH 464Introduction to History of Mathematics


3. Required PTEP — 41 credits

Phase I (5 credits taken concurrently).

EDFE 110 required semester before; see

STEP 161Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching I


EDF 366Conceptions of Schooling: Context and Process


Phase II (8 credits taken concurrently)

STEP 262Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching II


EDSE 360Adaptation, Modification, and Integration of Curriculum for the Secondary Exceptional Learner


PSY 349Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers


Take three credits

MED 341Principles of Teaching Secondary Mathematics


MED 341: Take after STEP 161 and prior to MED 441; recommended to be taken with  STEP 262.

Phase III (11 credits taken concurrently)

EDFE 120 required semester before.

STEP 363Clinical Experience: Secondary


EDRD 340Developing Language and Literacy in the Content Areas


ET 449Integration of Technologies in Secondary Education Pedagogy


MED 441Methods of Teaching Mathematics


EDRD 340: maybe taken outside of Phase III

Phase IV (14 credits).

EDFE 130 required semester before.

STEP 464Secondary Student Teaching


In the secondary PTEP, students must take MED 341 and MED 441.

  • Candidates must pass the Praxis or Place test prior to Student Teaching.
  • Candidates may not take extra courses with Student Teaching without prior approval from the Program Coordinator and the STE Director.
  • All PTEP Field Experiences and methods courses need to be successfully completed prior to Student Teaching.
  • Student Teaching outside the supervision of UNC Faculty may or may not be approved.
  • Teacher Candidates will not be placed in a school where they were once students or where they have a close relative attending and/or working.

4. University-Wide Credits — 2 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 2 credits.