Mathematics Education

Department Chair: Dr. Preston Bush,, (701) 845-7151
Faculty Contact: Dr. Preston Bush,, (701) 845-7151
Department Office: 203 Rhoades Science Center, (701) 845-7452
Schedule a Visit:, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101


Teaching mathematics can be an interesting and rewarding career choice. Strong demand continues for teachers in mathematics. In recent years, most math education students have been under contract with a school district prior to graduation. Also, math education majors are often sought by employers outside of education who recognize that students successfully completing a math education degree possess strong analytical skills, people skills, and activity management skills. These characteristics are sought by government, industry, and business.

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

  • Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)

  • Student North Dakota United (SNDU)

Teacher Education Requirements

Students are typically admitted into Teacher Education during their sophomore year or beginning of their junior year of college. This program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and successful completion of the Praxis I test. Additional criteria for Admission to Teacher Education can be found at the following website:

“VCSU provided me with the opportunity to complete a double major and compete in college football. The math education program gave me the knowledge and practical experiences that prepared me for my current teaching career.” —Trent Kosel ’11, Edgeley, N.D.; math teacher and football coach, Northern Cass Public Schools, N.D.

General Education Requirements 

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I 1
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
Introductory College Physics I
Introductory College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Technology, Engineering, and Design
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java 1
Introduction to Structured Programming I 1
Discovering Computing
Literacies-Literary, Media, Philosophic
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music Foundations
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Women in America
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology 2
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Drawing I
Drawing I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39



 Required as pre-requisite for PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology

Major Requirement

Required Courses
MATH 105Trigonometry2
MATH 166Calculus II4
MATH 265Calculus III4
MATH 266Introduction to Differential Equations3
MATH 300Symbolic Logic1
MATH 330Linear Algebra and Matrices3
MATH 331Euclidean Geometry and Topics3
MATH 340Algebraic Structures I4
MATH 390Pedagogical Content Knowledge3
MATH 400History and Philosophy of Mathematics3
MATH 410Real Analysis I3
MATH 421Mathematical Probability and Statistics I3
MATH 490Teaching Secondary School Mathematics3
MATH 491Senior Portfolio1
Total Credits40

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 40 Hrs
Total Professional Ed Sequence 31-32 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

Professional Education Sequence

Professional Education Sequence
EDUC 240Educating Exceptional Students2
EDUC 250Introduction to Education3
EDUC 283Understanding Cultural Diversity in Education3
EDUC 300Educational Technology2
EDUC 351Secondary Practicum and Classroom Management1
EDUC 352Culturally Diverse Practicum1
or EDUC 464 Practicum in the ELL Classroom
EDUC 375Teaching Reading in the Content Areas2
EDUC 400Educational Psychology2
EDUC 450Trends in Assessment and Educational Issues 22
EDUC 480Student Teaching (Secondary) 210
PSYC 250Developmental Psychology3
Total Credits31

 Courses to be taken the same semester.

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.


Plan of Study

First Year
COMM 110 or 212 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 120 or 125 (Gen Ed)3
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2PSYC 111 (Gen Ed)3
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4MATH 165 (Gen Ed)4
MATH 1052 
UNIV 1501 
 15 14
Second Year
Art and Music (Gen Ed)3EDUC 2402
EDUC 2503EDUC 2833
Literacies (Gen Ed)3MATH 2654
MATH 1664MATH 3303
MATH 340 or 3313-4MATH 400 or 3001-3
 16-17 13-15
Third Year
EDUC 4502CSCI 127 (Gen Ed)3
Elective3EDUC 3002
MATH 331 or 3403-4EDUC 3521
MATH 4103EDUC 3752
MATH 390 or 4903MATH 300 or 4001-3
 MATH 4213
 Social Science (Gen Ed)3
 14-15 15-17
Fourth Year
Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2EDUC 4002
EDUC 3511EDUC 48010
MATH 2663 
MATH 490 or 3903 
MATH 4911 
PSYC 2503 
 16 12
Total Credits 115-121

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes are based on the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board State Program Approval Standards.

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to make mathematical connections and properly use mathematical problem solving, reasoning, communication, and representation.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of both secondary school mathematics and  college core mathematics including the history and philosophy of math and basic computer programming.
  3. Students will demonstrate appropriate use of technology and concrete materials for building understanding of mathematical concepts.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to use a variety of teaching methods and assessment strategies.