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Mathematics Secondary Education

The Mathematics Secondary Education major offers students a comprehensive mathematics education while simultaneously training students to be certified to teach mathematics in New Jersey at the K-12 grade levels. This page lists the program documents and other information about the major. For more information, please contact your advisor, Dr. Cathy Liebars (the mathematics education coordinator), or the department chair.

Program Documents for the Secondary Mathematics Major:

  • The four-year Planner gives a suggested schedule plan for taking the courses in your major:
  • Program Planners:
  • Sequence Planning Sheet (Advisement Guide):
    • For students declaring the major in the current academic year: 2020-21.
    • Past years: 2017-18.
  • 5-Year Urban Mathematics Secondary Education:
  • 5-Year Mathematics Secondary Special Education Program:
    • For students declaring the major in the current academic year: 2020-21.

Graduation and Retention Requirements:

  • Must earn a grade of C- or higher in all courses for the major. A grade of C- must be earned in any course that is a prerequisite for another math/stat course before that course can be taken. A grade of D or D+ may be earned in one 300/400 course that is not a prerequisite for a subsequent course.
  • After attempting 8 units at the college, if the cumulative GPA is 2.75 or
    below, a student will be placed on probation for the major. They are expected to consult
    with their advisor to come up with plan to get to an overall GPA of 3.0 and submit the
    plan to the Math Education Coordinator. If by end of 2 subsequent (regular) semesters,
    the overall GPA does not rise above 3.0, the department reserves the right to dismiss the
    student from the program.
  • Non-matriculated and provisional students are immediately subject to the policy at time
    of matriculation if GPA below 2.75.

The Undergraduate Bulletin is the official list of major requirements. However, by following the list of requirements below will ensure that all graduation requirements are met. A total of at least 32 course units are required for graduation.

Mathematics Education Learning Goals

  1. Understanding Mathematics Content Knowledge
    1. Students will master the content knowledge needed to teach in the secondary schools.
    2. Students will also have the background in higher level mathematics that allow them to teach competently, and confidently.
  2. Making Connections
    1. Students will be able to make connections between higher level mathematics and K-12 mathematics.
    2. Students will be able to understand the scope and sequence of K-12 mathematics.
  3. Effective Utilization of Problem Solving
    1. Students will be problem- solving teachers who effectively utilize the experiences and skills in problem solving approaches in their instruction
  4. Ability to Communicate Clearly
    1. Students will be able to communicate mathematical ideas and concepts in clear and precise manner.
  5. Understand and Implement Standards and Recommendations for Teaching
    1. Students will be able to understand, and be capable of implementing and building upon the standards and recommendations for teaching mathematics suggested by professional organizations, research, departments of education, and schools districts.
  6. Utilize Research to Inform Classroom Practice
    1. Students will be able to read, interpret, implement, and utilize research about teaching mathematics including theories of learning to guide their classroom practice and teaching decisions.
  7. Effectively Utilize Technology in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics
    1. Students will be able to effectively utilize technology and determine how to meaningfully integrate technology in teaching mathematics.
  8. Appropriate Implementation of Activities and Instructional Strategies
    1. Students will be able to choose, adapt, and implement appropriate mathematical activities.
    2. Students will be able to use a variety of instructional strategies to help students of diverse abilities learn mathematics
  9. Motivate and Energize the Learning of Mathematics
    1. Students will be able to motivate, enrich, and energize the mathematics classroom by displaying their enthusiasm and interest in mathematics.
  10. Understand Principles and Implementation of Assessment
    1. Students will be able to understand the underlying principles of assessment and know how to use multiple means of assessment.