School of Education

Mathematics Education

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School of Education

Mathematics Education

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

127 credits

required for program

PSEO/Early College online classes

127 credits

127 credits

required for program

PSEO/Early College online classes

The mathematics education degree will prepare you to teach mathematics to children in grades 5-12. This degree also prepares you for further graduate study.

A degree in mathematics education may be the right degree for you if you

  • enjoy problem solving
  • are comfortable working with numbers
  • eager to serve
  • passionate about teaching
  • are interested in a career in education

Why study mathematics education at Northwestern?

You’ll learn the subject matter and how to create a supportive learning environment for students of all backgrounds. Our faculty believe in equipping you with the expertise and cultural competence needed to stand out from your peers.

To do this, The School of Education offers you the opportunity to travel to Haiti and China. This is an opportunity to learn how education is different outside the United States. Plus, you can gain even more experience by participating in our international student teaching program.

Northwestern’s School of Education provides four levels of classroom practicum experience:

  • The first level allows you to find your personal "fit" within the teaching profession.
  • The second focuses on developing theory and skills related to diversity.
  • The third engages you to apply methodologies within your chosen field by creating, teaching, and evaluating lessons in a school classroom.
  • The final level is full-time student teaching in a chosen licensure field.

The School of Education provides teacher education programs approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching and as a result meet the state standards adopted for licensure programs as defined in state rule 8710.2000 through 8710.8080. All licensure programs are aligned with INTASC (Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) standards and the Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice.

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Careers in mathematics education

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in mathematics education.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Teaching in your area of specialty
  • Private tutoring
  • Creating/directing educational programs
  • Curriculum development
  • Instructional design (technology training may be required)
  • Textbook editing
  • Online education
  • Student life/student affairs
  • Corporate or business training and development
  • Statistician
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Institutional research
  • Teacher for US citizenship classes

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Schools of all kinds-public, private, charter, international, government, residential
  • Daycare and nursery school
  • Parks and Recreation departments
  • Educational testing companies
  • Curriculum/educational publishers
  • School district offices
  • Educational research firms
  • Industries related to your subject area
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Universities and colleges
  • Employee training programs

Strategies for success:

  • Requirements for certification/licensure vary by state; multiple certifications will increase employability. A master’s degree will increase earning potential.
  • Be willing to work hard at finding a job and to go where the jobs are.
  • Obtain part-time, summer, internship, or volunteer experience with the age group you intend to work with in various settings: pre-schools, daycares, camps, community agencies, adult centers, YMCA’s, etc.
  • Participate in co-curricular activities and related organizations to broaden skills, interests, and opportunities.
  • Identify transferable skills learned in teaching applicable to other careers: written and verbal communication, teaching and instruction, program planning, organization and record keeping, working under pressure and meeting deadlines, motivational skills, creativity, working autonomously, decision-making, problem solving.
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