Secondary Education Mathematics Major

The mathematics education program joins faculty from two colleges. College of Arts and Sciences mathematics faculty provide mathematics instruction while College of Education faculty teaches education classes. Students also receive appropriate field experiences teaching in selected west Michigan high schools.

The Ferris State University mathematics education program requires classes in general education, mathematics, and professional education. A teaching minor is also required. You cannot have a mathematics teaching minor with this teaching major. Students complete one semester of directed teaching at the high school level. Upon completion of program requirements, students may apply for Michigan Secondary Provisional Certification. Candidates are required to pass state-mandated Subject Matter Exams in selected teaching major and minors prior to certification recommendation.


Professional Opportunities

Students receive hands-on, technology-rich instruction in both mathematics and education, preparing them for secondary level teaching. Appropriate additional studies may also lead to college teaching careers.


Admission Requirements

High school students and transfer students with 29 credit hours or less must possess a high school grade point average of 2.25 (on a 4.0 scale) or an ACT composite score of 15 or higher. Transfer students with 30 credit hours or more must possess a 2.0 cumulative collegiate GPA. Students transferring into the program with completed majors or minors must have the appropriate GPA as established by each department.
 

Teacher Certification Requirements

As required by the State of Michigan, to receive teacher certification, all teacher candidates must: (1) pass the Michigan Basic Skills Test, (2) pass the pedagogy tests in their subject area majors and minors, and (3) have a 2.50 minimum GPA. These state requirements are in addition to the FSU graduation requirements of your individual program.

 

Graduation Requirements

The mathematics education program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree through the School of Education, College of Education & Human Services. Graduates must complete all of FSU’s general education, mathematics, and education requirements. Professional education requirements include a semester of directed student teaching. Consult individual program description for other graduation requirements. A 2.75 GPA is required for successful completion of the mathematics major.

Required Courses (number of credit hours in parentheses)
See Course Descriptions page for more information about each course.

MATH 220 Calculus 1 (4)
MATH 230 Calculus 2 (4)
MATH 318 Statistics for Teachers (3)
MATH 319 Math Modeling and Problem Solving (3)
MATH 320 Calculus 3 (4)
MATH 322 Linear Algebra (3)
MATH 324 Fundamental Concepts in Mathematics (3)
MATH 325 College Geometry (4)
MATH 326 Discrete Math for Teachers (3)
MATH 420 Abstract Algebra (3)
MATH 438 Teaching and Learning of High School Mathematics (3)

Sample Course Sequences

(Yellow shaded course numbers indicate alternate-year offerings)

Odd Year Entry

Fall Odd Year 1
MATH 318
MATH 220
Spring Even Year 1
MATH 230
MATH 326
Fall Even Year 2
MATH 319
MATH 324
Spring Odd Year 2
MATH 320
MATH 420
Fall Odd Year 3
MATH 438
Spring Even Year 3
MATH 325
Fall Even Year 4
MATH 322
Spring Odd Year 4
Student Teaching

Even Year Entry

Fall Even Year 1
MATH 220
Spring Odd Year 1
MATH 230
Fall Odd Year 2
MATH 318
MATH 319
Spring Even Year 2
MATH 320
MATH 326
Fall Even Year 3
MATH 324
MATH 322
Spring Odd Year 3
MATH 325
MATH 420
Fall Odd Year 4
MATH 438
Spring Even Year 4
Student Teaching

Contact Information

Mathematics Department Contact: Kirk Weller
Email: wellerk@ferris.edu
Office Location: ASC 2021
Phone: (231) 591-2565

School of Education Information:

Bishop Hall Room 421
1349 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: (231) 591-5361