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The secondary teaching emphasis will prepare you for a career in teaching math to grades 7-12. Coursework includes education-focused content that prepares you for pursuing your teaching credential and electives may be chosen to meet requirements in the teacher education program.

Admission requirements

Students who are interested in applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program should consult with their academic advisors and/or contact the Regional Enrollment Office prior to (2 or more semesters before) completion of their degrees.

Applicants to the Teacher Education Program are required to complete the following in order to be considered for admission.

  • Online application
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A written request to waive the GPA requirement can be submitted for Program Director consideration.
  • Three letters of reference
  • Personal statement documenting experience working with youth LA 385 - Critical Approaches to Teaching is recommended to students, as it provides school-based experiences with youth that meet this requirement.
  • Verifications of negative TB test and Certificate of Clearance.

Testing Requirements

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the required tests prior to admission to the credential program. Students must meet established testing requirements to progress into the student teaching or internship phase of the Teacher Education Program.

  • Passing results on CBEST
  • Passing results on CSET for area of credential


Required Co-requisite Courses

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the required co-requisite courses as part of their undergraduate programs. If not completed prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program, the equivalent graduate-level courses can be added to a student’s academic plan for the credential program.

LANG 340Introduction to Linguistics3
PSY 355Adolescent Development3
PS 120American Politics and Society 3 or HIST 150 - American Civilization4

Course listing

If you are interested in only completing the Mathematics Secondary Teaching Emphasis, see below for course listings. Contact Shawn Wirts with any questions at In addition to the core requirements for the B.A. in Mathematics, each emphasis requires its own core and elective courses (see below for course listing).

Electives (9 Units)

Select three of the following

MATH 325Introduction to Topology3
MATH 345Numerical Analysis3
MATH 357Operations Research3
MATH 365Differential Equations3
MATH 370Discrete Mathematics3
MATH 375Introduction to Game Theory3
MATH 454Complex Analysis3
  • Computer science courses (advisor approval required)
MATH 477Independent Research in Mathematics Credits*1-3

*Must be taken as a 3 unit course

Program director

Shawn Wirts, Ph.D.
Shawn Wirts, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Director, Mathematics B.A.


Ron Pratt, Ph.D.
Ron Pratt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Applied Mathematics B.S.

Manjula Peter Joseph, Ph.D.
Manjula Peter Joseph, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education