Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Mathematics B.S. - Middle School Teaching Emphasis - Licensure: Middle School Mathematics (Grades 6-8)

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact: Lindsay Reiten, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Location: Ross Hall 2239

Telephone: 970.351.2820

Website: www.unco.edu/NHS/mathsci

Advising Information

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

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of four parts:

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

Program Description:

This program prepares students to teach mathematics, such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and applications at the middle school level (grades 6-8).

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 6-8 in the state of Colorado. The program also prepares students for graduate study in mathematics education.

Program Admission Requirements:

  • Academic Good Standing
  • Teacher education and educator preparation licensure programs do not accept Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) or field-based courses that are more than ten years old. PLEASE NOTE: Teacher Candidates have the right to petition this policy at the discretion of the program coordinator.

Program Requirements:

For admission to PTEP, the student must have:

  • Completed MATH 185 and MATH 131 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 286, MATH 341 and MATH 391;
  • 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 entering the program take MATH 102 in their first semester.

PTEP Program Requirements:

Teacher candidates who complete an approved content degree and the UNC professional teacher education program, as well as pass the appropriate Colorado Department of Education designated PRAXIS exam (if applicable), will be eligible for recommendation from UNC for a Colorado Department of Education teaching license.

If you are seeking licensure in your program area, the following items are required to complete your program.

  • Completion of Application for Initial Admission to PTEP

  • Completion of Full Admission to PTEP

  • Completion of Application for Student Teaching 

  • Completion of content specific PRAXIS 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.

  • Teacher education and educator preparation licensure programs do not accept Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) or field-based courses that are more than ten years old. PLEASE NOTE: Teacher Candidates have the right to petition this policy at the discretion of the program coordinator.

Please work with your content advisor to determine when these requirements will be completed throughout your program. 

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

To complete the degree in 120 credits as outlined, the program recommends the below LAC courses, some of which also count toward the required major and PTEP credits.

Any additional coursework completed outside of the recommended list below may extend the length of the program of study.

Written Communication — 6 credits

ENG 225 is recommended to fulfill the Intermediate Writing Course in the Written Communication requirement.

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

MATH 131, MATH 132, or MATH 185 is recommended to fulfill Mathematics requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 Credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation.

PSY 247 is recommended to fulfill Social & Behavioral Sciences and will fulfill both LAC and PTEP major requirements.

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 38 credits

Take all of the following courses:

CS 120Introduction to Programming


MATH 131Calculus ILAX1


MATH 132Calculus IILAX1


MATH 185Number Sense and AlgebraLAX1


MATH 283Fundamental Mathematics III: Geometry and Measurement


MATH 286Elements of Discrete Mathematics


MATH 317Mathematical Foundations for Teachers


MATH 341Introduction to Modern Geometry I


MATH 386Problem Solving


MATH 391Introduction to Number Theory


MATH 464Introduction to History of Mathematics


MED 385Fundamentals of Mathematics Education


STAT 355Introduction to Applied Statistics and Probability


MATH 131, MATH 132, and MATH 185 satisfy LAC Mathematics.

3. PTEP Requirements — 47 credits

Phase I (8 credits taken concurrently)

EDF 366Conceptions of Schooling: Context and Process


EDRD 340Academic Language/Literacy Development in the Content Areas at the Secondary Level


STEP 161Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching I


Phase II (8 credits taken concurrently)

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


STEP 262Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching II


PSY 247 satisfies LAC Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Choose one of the following courses:
PSY 247Adolescent Learning and MotivationLAB3


PSY 349Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers


Independent of Phase: Take nine credits

MED 341Principles of Teaching Secondary Mathematics


MED 449Teaching Mathematics with Technology


TESL 350Second Language Acquisition


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

MED 449: Take after MED 341 and prior to STEP 464; recommend to be taken with MED 441.

TESL 350: Suggest taking after STEP 161 and prior to STEP 262.

Phase III (8 credits taken concurrently)

ET 449Integrating Technologies into Secondary Education Pedagogy


MED 441Methods of Teaching Mathematics


STEP 363Clinical Experience: Secondary


Phase IV (14 credits)

STEP 464Secondary Student Teaching


4. University Wide Credits — 4 credits*

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for any degree at UNC; for this program, that will typically be 4 credits.

 *Note: Students who apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum and the major requirements will have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree. See your advisor for details.