Mathematics Education

Department Chair: Dr. Preston Bush,, (701) 845-7151
Faculty Contact: Dr. Jamie Wirth,, (701) 845-7734
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, VCSU graduates in Math Education have enjoyed 100% job placement and most 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.

  • 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
Introduction to Psychology Lab (Corequisite: PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology) 4
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 2
Introduction to Structured Programming I 2
Discovering Computing 2
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
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
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
World Music
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
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology 3
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

Major Requirement

Required Courses
MATH 166Calculus II4
MATH 208Discrete Mathematics3
MATH 265Calculus III4
MATH 266Introduction to Differential Equations3
MATH 313Algebra and Functions for Teachers2
MATH 314Geometry & Trigonometry for Teachers3
MATH 321Applied Probability and Statistics3
MATH 330Linear Algebra and Matrices3
MATH 340Algebraic Structures I3
MATH 400History and Philosophy of Mathematics2
MATH 490Teaching Secondary School Mathematics3
MATH 491Math Capstone1
Total Credits34

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 34 Hrs
Total Professional Ed Sequence 31-32 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

Professional Education Sequence

Professional Education Sequence
EDUC 240Educating Exceptional Students3
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 Psychology 22
EDUC 450Trends in Assessment and Educational Issues2
EDUC 480Student Teaching (Secondary) 210
PSYC 250Developmental Psychology3
Total Credits32

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
UNIV 1501 
MATH 1073 
 16 14
Second Year
Art and Music (Gen Ed)3EDUC 2403
EDUC 2503EDUC 2833
Literacies (Gen Ed)3MATH 2654
MATH 1664MATH 3303
SE 1103MATH 3143
 16 16
Third Year
EDUC 3511EDUC 3002
EDUC 4502EDUC 3521
Elective3EDUC 3752
MATH 2663Social Science (Gen Ed)3
MATH 3403Elective3
MATH 4903MATH 3132
 MATH 3213
 15 16
Fourth Year
Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2EDUC 4002
Elective4EDUC 48010
PSYC 2503 
MATH 2083 
MATH 4002 
MATH 4911 
 15 12
Total Credits 120

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.