Mathematics 7-12 Mathematics Certification

Teacher Preparation Program Admission Requirements

Apply 3rd Year, 1st Semester

  1. Application to Teacher Prep Program via TK20 in September or February
  2. GPA requirement of 2.8 cumulative
  3. Completion of  ED 311ED 321  and  SPED 410  with grade C or above
  4. Completion of 15 hours in Content Area with no grade below C
  5. THEA IBT scores of Reading 240, Math 230, Writing 220

Mathematics w/7-12 Teacher Certification Degree Requirements

Students should refer to their DegreeWorks degree audit in their Web for Students account for more information regarding their degree requirements.

Major Requirements 6
General Education Requirements
MATH 2305Discrete Mathematics3
MATH 2318Linear Algebra3
MATH 2413Calculus I 74
MATH 2414Calculus II4
MATH 2415Calculus III4
MATH 321College Geometry3
MATH 334Introduction to Abstract Algebra3
MATH 352Math Foundations and Applications3
MATH 357Probability and Statistics3
MATH 426Problem Solving3
MATH 430Mathematical Modeling3
MATH 437Number Theory3
MATH 493Capstone in Mathematics3
Other Requirements:
ITED 350Technologies for Instruction, Learning, and Communication3
RDG 343Reading Beyond the Primary Grades3
Prof. Development 3
ED 311Growth and Development for Early Childhood to Grade 123
ED 321Foundations of Education3
ED 435Secondary Content Pedagogy 83
SPED 410Introduction to Individual with Exceptionalities 83
Block 1
ED 331Classroom and Behavior Management 93
ED 495Block 1: Co-Teaching Practicum for Certification Candidates 93
Block 2
ED 496Co-Teaching Practicum for Certification Candidates 103
SPED 418Research, Trends, and Issues in Education 103
Electives (as needed to satisfy minimum degree requirements including 54 SCH in Upper Division coursework)
Minimum Hours for Degree120
6

Minimum grade of "C" required in all Major, Education and Professional Development Courses

7

Satisfies core curriculum

8

Requires Admission to Teacher Prep Program

9

Requires successful placement interview with a partnership public school district

10

Requires passing all TExES exams 

Note: A minimum of 54 upper division hours (300 and 400 level courses) are required for this degree. Resident credit totaling 25% of the hours is required for the degree.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in three areas for graduation:  Overall GPA, Institutional GPA, and Major GPA.

Undergraduate courses in Mathematics w/ 7-12 Teacher Certification

ED 311. Growth and Development for Early Childhood to Grade 12. 3 Hours.

This course examines theories of children's growth and development along with relationships to learning and teaching. Cultural, emotional, physical, intellectual, and learning differences are studied. Prerequisite: None.

ED 321. Foundations of Education. 3 Hours.

This course examines theories of learning along with the impact of strategies for effective teaching. Educational measurement and evaluation as used by schools will be studied. Theories relevant to the use of media and technology will be addressed. Prerequisite: None.

ED 331. Classroom and Behavior Management. 3 Hours.

This course presents best practices in classroom and behavior management including management of time, materials, and space. Additionally, the course examines strategies for managing individual and large-group student behaviors, transitions, lab activities, and other arrangements for classrooms in general and special education. Prerequisite: Admitted to the Teacher Preparation Program.

ED 435. Secondary Content Pedagogy. 3 Hours.

This course provides students seeking certification in grades 4-8 and 7-12 with pedagogical best-practices. Students will learn lesson planning, assessment, and available resources for their specific content area. Methods for accessing and processing information through traditional as well as new technologies will be addressed. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.

ED 495. Block 1: Co-Teaching Practicum for Certification Candidates. 3 Hours.

This course provides clinical work in the public school setting as part of field experience requirements for the undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program (TPP). University student is identified as Teacher Candidate and is required to spend 6 hours per week for 12 weeks in an assigned classroom under the supervision of an Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) to include University Field Supervisor and Cooperating Teacher. Block 1 is the first semester of the co-teaching assignment (2 semesters) in which Teacher Candidate and Cooperating Teacher are considered co-teachers for the class. Student is required to complete assignments, activities, projects, and observations as assigned by ILT. Prerequisite: Approved field-based assignment by the Teacher Preparation Program.

ED 496. Co-Teaching Practicum for Certification Candidates. 3 Hours.

This course provides clinical work in the public school setting as part of field experience requirements for the undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program (TPP). University student is identified as Teacher Candidate and is required to spend 72 full public school days in an assigned classroom under the supervision of an Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) to include University Field Supervisor and Cooperating Teacher. Block 1 (prerequisite) is the first semester of the co-teaching assignment (2 semesters) in which Teacher Candidate and their Cooperating Teacher are considered co-teachers for the class in a public school setting in the grade level and content of the certification they are seeking. Student will complete assignments, activities, projects, and observations related to certification being sought as assigned by ILT. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ED 495; passing scores on both TExES PPR and TExES Content exams appropriate for the level and certification being sought; continued acceptance in a public school classroom.

ITED 350. Technologies for Instruction, Learning, and Communication. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to develop a comfort with technology and its application to communication. Emphasis is placed on computer assisted presentations, software/hardware analysis, and the design and execution of instruction using electronic means. Previously offered as COMM 350.

MATH 0300. Pre-Algebra. 3 Hours.

This course provides a study of the concepts and applications of arithmetic operations on whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, ratios and proportions, percentages, measurements, interpretation of graphs and statistics, geometry, exponents, algebraic expression, and problem solving. Students must complete the course with a C or better to receive credit. Calculators will not be allowed for use in this course. Placement will be determined by TSI readiness indicators.

MATH 0301. Elementary Algebra. 3 Hours.

This course provides a study of the concepts and applications of algebraic expressions, equations, inequalities, problem solving, polynomials and factoring, rational expressions and equations, systems of equations, graphing techniques, radical expressions and equations, and quadratic equations. Students must complete the course with a C or better to receive credit. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Placement will be determined by TSI readiness indicators.

MATH 0302. Intermediate Algebra. 3 Hours.

This course provides a study of the concepts and applications of rational expressions and equations, linear equations and inequalities, radicals, quadratic equations, and graphs. This course is intended for students who place below the minimum score on an entrance assessment test in mathematics. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Students must complete the course with a C or better to receive credit. Placement will be determined by TSI readiness indicators.

MATH 1314. College Algebra. 3 Hours.

This course provides a rigorous study of the concepts and applications of linear, quadratic, higher-order polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions, and solving systems of equations using various methods. Additional topics such as sequences, series, probability, and conics may be included. This course is designed to prepare STEM majors for success in calculus. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: Must have satisfied the math portion of TSI. Placement will also be determined by the Math Placement Exam score.

MATH 1316. Plane Trigonometry. 3 Hours.

This course provides a rigorous study of the concepts and applications of sets, ordered relations, number intervals, trigonometric functions, radian measure, variations and graphs of functions, solutions of right and general triangles, identities, graphing, inverse functions, circular functions, vectors, complex numbers, polar and parametric equations. This course is designed to further prepare STEM majors for success in calculus. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: Must have satisfied the math portion of TSI. Placement will also be determined by the Math Placement Exam score.

MATH 1324. Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences I. 3 Hours.

This course provides a rigorous study of the concepts from college algebra (linear equations, quadratic equations, functions and graphs, inequalities), sets, probability, mathematics of finance (simple and compound interest, annuities), linear programming, matrices, and systems of linear equations. This course is designed to prepare students majoring in business or social science. Applications will be taken from management, economics, business, and sociology. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: Must have satisfied the math portion of TSI.

MATH 1325. Business Calculus. 3 Hours.

This course provides a rigorous study of the concepts of limits and continuity, derivatives, graphing and optimization, exponential and logarithmic functions, antiderivatives, and integration. This course is designed to prepare students majoring in business. Applications will be taken from management, economics, and business. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: MATH 1324 or MATH 1314 with a C or better.

MATH 1332. Contemporary Mathematics I. 3 Hours.

This course provides a study of the concepts and applications of sets, logic, number systems, number theory, relations, functions, probability and statistics. Applications will be taken from meaningful real-world examples that allow students to see how mathematics can be used by everyone to solve problems, not just by mathematicians and scientists. This course is designed for non-STEM, non-business majors. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: Must have satisfied the math portion of TSI.

MATH 1342. Elementary Statistical Methods. 3 Hours.

This course provides a rigorous study of the concepts and applications of the collection, analysis, presentation, and interpretation of data and probability. Analysis includes descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: Must have satisfied the math portion of the TSI.

MATH 1350. Fundamentals of Mathematics I. 3 Hours.

This course provides a rigorous study of the concepts and applications of sets, functions, numeration systems, number theory, and properties of the natural numbers, integers, rational, and real number systems with an emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking. This course is designed for students seeking EC-6 teacher certification. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: MATH 1314 with a C or better.

MATH 1351. Fundamentals of Math II. 3 Hours.

This course provides a rigorous study of the concepts and applications of geometry, probability, statistics, and measurement with an emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking. This course is designed for students seeking EC-6 teacher certification. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: MATH 1350 and MATH 1314 with a C or better.

MATH 2305. Discrete Mathematics. 3 Hours.

This course provides a rigorous study of the concepts and applications of topics designed to prepare math, computer science, and engineering majors for a background in abstraction, notation, and critical thinking for the mathematics most directly related to computer science. Topics include: logic, relations, functions, basic set theory, countability and counting arguments, proof techniques, mathematical induction, combinatorics, discrete probability, recursion, sequence and recurrence, elementary number theory, graph theory, and mathematical proof techniques. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: MATH 2413 with a C or better.

MATH 2318. Linear Algebra. 3 Hours.

This course provides a rigorous study of the concepts and applications of systems of linear equations, matrices, vector spaces, determinants, eigenvectors, eigenvalues, and linear transformations. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: MATH 2414 with a C or better.

MATH 2320. Differential Equations. 3 Hours.

This course provides a rigorous study of the concepts and applications of first- and second-order ordinary differential equations and systems of ODEs, existence and uniqueness of solutions, initial value problems, the Laplace Transform, compartment models, first- and second-order rate laws, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and eigenspaces of matrices. This course is taught with a modeling perspective and will utilize applications from areas such as physics, biology, pharmacology, chemistry, ecology, sociology, and electric engineering. Numerical, symbolic and graphing techniques will used to obtain solutions. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: MATH 2414 with a C or better.

MATH 2412. Pre-Calculus. 4 Hours.

Placement will also be determined by the Math Placement Exam score. This course provides a rigorous study of the concepts and applications of the fundamental topics of calculus including algebraic functions and their graphs, trigonometric functions and identities, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions, solutions to equations and inequalities, analytic geometry, and polar coordinates. This course is designed to prepare STEM majors for success in calculus. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: MATH 1314 with a C or better or the equivalent preparation by STEM department chair permission.

MATH 2413. Calculus I. 4 Hours.

This course provides a rigorous study of the concepts and applications of limits and continuity; the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus; definition of the derivative of a function and techniques of differentiation; applications of the derivative to maximizing or minimizing a function; the chain rule, mean value theorem, and rate of change problems; curve sketching; definite and indefinite integration of algebraic, trigonometric, and transcendental function, with an application to calculation of areas. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: MATH 1314 and MATH 1316 with a C or better, or MATH 2412 with a C or better. Placement will also be determined by the Math Placement Exam score.

MATH 2414. Calculus II. 4 Hours.

This course provides a rigorous study of the concepts and applications of integration, trigonometric functions, sequences and series, indeterminate forms, improper integrals, and elementary differential equations. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: MATH 2413 with a C or better.

MATH 2415. Calculus III. 4 Hours.

This course provides a rigorous study of the concepts and applications of three dimensional analytic geometry and vectors, differentiation and integration of vector-valued functions and motion in space, arc length and curvature, functions of several variables, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, and integration in vector fields. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: MATH 2414 with a C or better.

MATH 289. Independent Study in Mathematics. 1-4 Hours.

This course provides an option for individualized instruction and research. It may be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

MATH 321. College Geometry. 3 Hours.

zThis course provides a rigorous study of the concepts and applications of the properties of finite geometrics and of points, lines, triangles, and circles in Euclidean geometry. Non-Euclidean geometries will also be studied and contrasted. This course will be taught with a discovery approach in which students scaffold their comprehension through careful axiomatic study. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: MATH 2413 with a C or better.

MATH 326. Problem Solving for Elementary Teachers. 3 Hours.

This course provides a rigorous study of the concepts of effective problem solving strategies. Strategies will be applied to various problems taken from critical areas of algebra, number concepts, geometry, probability, statistics, measurement, and logic. The scope and sequence will be formative in nature and use a discovery approach to allow students to scaffold their critical thinking skills into a mathematical problem solving rubric. Logical reasoning will be emphasized in all strategies to distinguish the importance of the process of problem solving rather than just finding the answer. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. With pre-service elementary teachers in mind, this course will also integrate the pedagogy of modeling these skills to elementary mathematics students. Prerequisite: MATH 1314 and MATH 1350 and MATH 1351 with a C or better.

MATH 334. Introduction to Abstract Algebra. 3 Hours.

This course provides a rigorous study of the concepts and applications of the properties of the integers, permutations, groups, rings, integral domains, and fields. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: MATH 2414 with a C or better.

MATH 352. Math Foundations and Applications. 3 Hours.

This course provides a rigorous study and review of the concepts of algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, trigonometry, and calculus. Other topics may include elements from number theory, linear algebra, and abstract algebra. This course will be driven by applications of real-world problems with an emphasis on problem-solving skills. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: MATH 2413 with a C or better.

MATH 357. Probability and Statistics. 3 Hours.

This course provides a rigorous study of the concepts and applications of probability, discrete and continuous distribution, estimation, and hypothesis testing using concepts from calculus. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: MATH 2414 with a C or better.

MATH 415. Numerical Analysis. 3 Hours.

This course provides a rigorous study of the concepts and applications of the use of numerical methods for the solution of mathematical problems such as linear systems of equations, curve fitting, root finding, differentiation, and integration. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: MATH 2414 and COSC 1315 with a C or better.

MATH 426. Problem Solving. 3 Hours.

Effective problem solving strategies will be applied to various examples from areas such as algebra, geometry, probability, calculus, trigonometry, number theory, discrete math, linear algebra, and logic. The scope and sequence will be formative in nature and use a discover approach to allow students to scaffold their critical thinking skills into a mathematical problem solving rubric. Logical reasoning will be emphasized in all strategies to distinguish the importance of the process of problem solving rather than just finding the answer. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. With pre-service math teachers in mind, this course will also focus on the pedagogy of teaching these skills to 7-12 grade mathematics students. Prerequisite: MATH 2414 with a C or better.

MATH 430. Mathematical Modeling. 3 Hours.

This course provides a rigorous study of the concepts and applications of techniques used to model data related to real-world systems and scenarios from areas such as physics, biology, pharmacology, chemistry, ecology, sociology, astronomy, and archeology. Discrete and continuous models, theoretical and empirical models, deterministic and probability models and analytic and simulation models will be considered. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: MATH 2414 with a C or better.

MATH 437. Number Theory. 3 Hours.

This course provides a rigorous study of the concepts and applications of the properties of integer representations and operations, analysis and complexity of algorithms, mathematical induction, divisibility, primes and composites, congruences and systems, the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic, Pythagorean triples, multiplicative functions, and cryptology. Appropriate computer software and hand held technologies will be utilized. Prerequisite: MATH 2414 with a C or better.

MATH 489. Individual Study. 1-3 Hours.

This course provides an option for individualized instruction and research. It may be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

MATH 493. Capstone in Mathematics. 3 Hours.

This is the conclusion of preparation of a portfolio of mathematical experiences composed of artifacts from throughout a student‘s time in upper-level mathematics classes. Presentation of a selected portfolio artifact will be required. Students will be graded on Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) basis. Prerequisite: Senior standing and instructor permission.

MATH 499. Independent Research. 1-6 Hours.

This is an independent research in Math conducted by a student under the guidance of a faculty member of his or her choice. The student is required to maintain a research journal and submit a project report by the end of the semester and potentially make an oral presentation on the project. SCH and hours are by arrangement and, with a change in content, this course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

RDG 343. Reading Beyond the Primary Grades. 3 Hours.

This course teaches content area teachers how to help their students learn from textbooks, including techniques for evaluating both textbooks and students. Coping with the reading, demands of textbooks, and study skills will be learned.

SPED 410. Introduction to Individual with Exceptionalities. 3 Hours.

This course develops students’ foundational knowledge of historical perspectives, educational principles, laws, and professional ethics and roles in the fields of special education and English Language Learners (ELL). It focuses on the learning and behavioral characteristics of diverse learners, including students with exceptionalities (which includes disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Dyslexia, and Gifted/Talented) students who are ELL and students who are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional (CLDE) learners. Additionally, this course introduces instructional strategies, appropriate curriculum, accommodations, modifications, and assistive technology to ensure the success of all learners.

SPED 418. Research, Trends, and Issues in Education. 3 Hours.

This course presents current research, issues, and trends in education, specifically emphasizing the teaching-learning process. Students investigate neurodevelopment, action research in the classroom, academic response to intervention, and evidence-based decision-making. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.

 Faculty

Dr. Deborah Kincaid

Associate Professor

Email: dkincaid@tamut.edu

Chris Sinquefield

Instructor

Email: chris.sinquefield@tamut.edu

Dr. Ugur Tanriver

Associate Professor

Email: utanriver@tamut.edu

Laura Currey

Instructor

Email: laura.currey@tamut.edu

Dr. Teri Fowler

Assistant Professor

Email: teri.fowler@tamut.edu

Dr. Sandra Labby

Assistant Professor

Email: slabby@tamut.edu

Sara Langford

Instructor

Email: sara.langford@tamut.edu

Dr. Sara Lawrence

Assistant Professor

Email: sara.lawrence@tamut.edu

Dr. Judy Sander

Professor

Email: judy.sander@tamut.edu

Debora Shidemantle

Instructor

Email: debora.shidemantle@tamut.edu

Dr. Abbie Strunc

Assistant Professor

Email: astrunc@tamut.edu