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Department of Computing, Data, & Mathematical Sciences

Mathematics Education

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Department of Computing, Data, & Mathematical Sciences

Mathematics Education

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

139 credits

required for program

PSEO/Early college online classes

139 credits

139 credits

required for program

PSEO/Early college online classes

Learn from expert mathematics education faculty who integrate their Christian faith into learning to help teach and challenge the next generation of children in the field of mathematics. The mathematics education degree will prepare you to teach mathematics to children in grades 5-12 within a public or private school setting. This degree also prepares you for further graduate study.

Why study mathematics education at Northwestern?

You will develop a deep understanding of subject matter and pedagogy in a supportive learning environment. We believe in equipping the next generation of teachers with the character, expertise, and cultural competence needed to stand out among their peers. Here you will learn from seasoned teachers who share your faith and enjoy helping others learn.

The School of Education offers you the opportunity to travel to Haiti for one week to learn how education is different outside the U.S. This will equip you to teach in diverse communities. You can also study abroad in China over spring break or participate in a Civil Rights Pilgrimage spring break trip with other education majors. You can gain even more experience by participating in our international student teaching program.

Northwestern’s School of Education provides you with four levels of classroom practicum experience. The first allows you to find your personal "fit" within the teaching profession. The second level focuses on developing theory and skills related to diversity. The third level 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.

The School of Education has hosted Christian Educators Association International (CEAI) events, and is a member of CEAI.

The School of Education attends the Compass Educator Breakfast each fall (through Grace Church in Eden Prairie, MN).

With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving education system.

If you enjoy problem solving, are comfortable working with numbers, eager to serve, passionate about teaching, and are interested in a career in education, this might be the right degree for you.

What will I learn?

You will learn to analyze, solve problems, think critically, and be able to teach mathematics to children in grades 5-12.

At Northwestern, I received a Christ-centered, high-quality educational experience that sent me out very well equipped for entering the mission field and the working world. Northwestern allowed me to build a professional skill set and Biblical foundation for all that God has called me to post-college. When applying for teaching positions, one big thing that set me apart from other candidates was the amount of time and experience I already had in the classroom as a student teacher. Northwestern's education program gets students into community classrooms a full year earlier than many comparable programs. These hours really add up and make for a more successful, enjoyable transition into a full time position.
Carolyn Brooks
School of Education - Class of 2011

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
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of Northwestern’s education graduates felt professionally prepared


meets licensure requirements for the Minnesota Board of Teaching


of seniors grew in their relationship with God during their time at Northwestern

Preparing for a Career

College graduation rates continue to increase each year making competition for jobs even greater. Set yourself apart from the crowd with the following strategies for getting started, networking, and gaining experience.

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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