Bachelor of Arts in Math Education

Guide students to recognize the interconnectedness of mathematical ideas and generate creative solutions to everyday problems.

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About this Program

The B.A.Ed. in Mathematics Education is a minimum 122 semester hours program that includes 42 hours in core math and related fields. Students pursue mathematics coursework in algebra, geometry, calculus, and discrete math, while learning how to engage students, manage a classroom, and connect learning to life.

  • The degree program is approved for grades 7-12 licensure in secondary mathematics. There are three phases for education majors: Phase I: Core Curriculum; Phase II: Teacher Education Program; and Phase III: Student Teaching.

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    Program Information

    Program Type


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    4 Years


    B.A.Ed. in Mathematics Education

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    Required Credit Hours

    122 Hours

    B.A.Ed. in Mathematics Education

    The B.A.Ed. in Mathematics Education equips graduates with the skills necessary to effectively teach mathematical concepts to students in the classroom.

    To complete a B.A.Ed. in Mathematics Education requires the following courses for a total of 122 hours.

    To complete the B.A.Ed. in Mathematics Education, students must complete:

    • 6 hours of First Year Writing courses
    • 9 hours of Social/ Behavioral Science courses
    • 15-18 hours of Math/Science courses
    • 12 hours of Humanities/Fine Arts courses
    • 3 hours of a Related Area course
    • 36 hours of Major Requirements for Content Area courses
    • 29 hours of Professional Education courses
    • 6 hours of Elective Area courses

    First Year Writing (6)

    • WRIT 101, WRIT 100, OR HON 101
    • WRIT 102, LIBA 102, OR HON 102

    Social/Behavioral Science (9)

    • PSY 201
    • HST (100 level suggested)
    • HST (100 level suggested)

    Math/ Science (15-18)

    • MATH 121- College Algebra or higher (not to include MATH 245 or 246)
    • Physical Science w/ lab (Please refer to the degree plan for more information)
    • Biological Science w/ lab (BISC 110 suggested)
    • Science Elective (lab not required) (please refer to the degree plan for more information)
    • Math or Science Elective (not to include MATH 245 or 246)

    Humanities/Fine Arts (12)

    • ENG (220-226)
    • ENG (220-226)
    • Fine Arts (AH 101, 102, 201, 202; DANC 200; MUS 102, 103; THEA 201)
    • Humanities Elective (please refer to the degree plan for more information)

    Related Area (3)

    • CIS 111- Computer Science I

    Major Requirements for Content Area (36)

    • MATH 261 Unified Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
    • MATH 262 Unified Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
    • MATH 263 Unified Calculus and Analytic Geometry III
    • MATH 264 Unified Calculus and Analytic Geometry IV
    • MATH 301 Discrete Mathematics
    • MATH 305 Foundations of Mathematics
    • MAH 319 Introduction to Linear Algebra
    • MATH 375 Introduction to Statistics I
    • MATH 390 Techniques in Teaching Secondary Mathematics
    • MATH 353, 454, 459, OR 525 (all courses are various levels of differential equations)
    • MATH 533 Topics in Euclidean Geometry
    • MATH 540 History of Mathematics

    Professional Education Requirements (29)

    • EDSP 308 Introduction to Special Education
    • EDCI 352 Education, Society & the K-12 Learner*
    • EDSP 327 Classroom Management and Behavior Interventions
    • EDCI 353 Planning & Teaching Strategies for Effective Classroom Practice*
    • EDCI 557 Computer Concepts & Applications for Educators
    • EDSE 400 Principles of Education*
    • EDSE 445 Special Methods I: Mathematics
    • EDCI 419 Classroom Assessment
    • EDLE 480 Student Teaching: Secondary Education*

    *Denotes all courses that contain field experience.

    Electives Areas (6)

    Number of hours for electives may vary

    Admission to Phase II of the Teacher Education Program

    To be admitted to Phase II students must:

    • Complete the core curriculum and EDCI 352 (minimum grade "C")
    • Minimum GPA of 2.75 on Core
    • Appropriate Praxis Core, SAT, or ACT scores OR overall 3.0 GPA on 60+ hours
    • Must complete education courses with a "C" or better

    Applicants to the program must meet these requirements:

    • 2.5 grade point average (entry admission for transfer students and change of major)
    • 2.75 grade point average (admission for Phase II: Teacher Education Program) and appropriate scores on either the ACT, SAT or Praxis CORE* (link to Phase II information is posted above under Program Description)

    *Praxis Core Exemption: Students are exempt from taking the Praxis CORE exam for admission to Phase II if they have proof of:

    • An ACT score of at least a 21 composite (or SAT equivalent; View the SAT Equivalency Scoring sheet for more information) OR
    • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a minimum of 60 hours of completed coursework.

    Yearlong Internship and Senior Practicum

    All teacher education candidates in the elementary, health and physical education, secondary, and special education programs are placed in one location during the senior year.

    • The yearlong internship consists of senior practicum and student teaching.
    • Candidates are paired with the same Clinical Instructor for the entire senior year.

    All senior yearlong placements are overseen by a Uuniversity Ssupervisor and are based on the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium Standards (InTASC) and Special Professional Association (SPA) Standards.


    Candidates must take additional Praxis exams to qualify for licensure in Mississippi. Once licensed, candidates will be highly qualified to teach their emphasis subject grades 7-12. Candidates may also qualify for additional add-on endorsements through coursework or Praxis II exams.

    For information on seeking licensure outside Mississippi, please review the Certification information. 

    Allan Edward Bellman

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    Allan Edward Bellman

    Professor of Mathematics Education

    Go Beyond the Formula

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    Incite Curiosity

    Learn to guide students to create models to solve complex problems in real-world contexts.

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    Engage Every Student

    Learn to design mathematical tasks designed to reflect students' lived experiences. 

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