Why Choose Mathematics Education?
Employment prospects are excellent for mathematics education students. A critical shortage of math teachers exists throughout the nation, creating increasing demand for bright new instructors. Mathematics education graduates also have the basic background to pursue careers in industry.
The mathematics education program joins faculty from two top-notch programs. College of Arts and Sciences mathematics faculty provide mathematics instruction while College of Education faculty teaches education classes. Students also receive appropriate field experiences teaching in selected west Michigan high schools.
The Ferris State University mathematics education program requires classes in general education, mathematics major and professional education. A teaching minor is also required. You cannot have a mathematics teaching minor with this teaching major. Students complete one semester of directed teaching at the high school level. Upon completion of program requirements, students may apply for Michigan Secondary Provisional Certification. Candidates are required to pass state-mandated Subject Matter Exams in selected teaching major and minors prior to certification recommendation.
Students receive hands-on, technology-rich instruction in both mathematics and education, preparing them for secondary level teaching. Appropriate additional studies may also lead to college teaching careers.
High school students and transfer students with 29 credit hours or less must possess a high school grade point average of 2.25 (on a 4.0 scale) or an ACT composite score of 15. Transfer students with 30 credit hours or more must possess a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students transferring into the program with completed majors or minors must have the appropriate GPA as established by each department. Consult individual program description for other admission requirements.
Teacher Certification Requirements
As required by the State of Michigan to receive teacher certification, all teacher candidates must: (1) pass the Michigan Basic Skills Test, (2) pass the pedagogy tests in their subject area majors and minors, and (3) have a 2.50 minimum GPA to receive teacher certification in Michigan. These state requirements are in addition to the FSU graduation requirements of your individual program.
The mathematics education program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree through the School of Education, College of Education & Human Services. Graduates must complete all of FSU's general education, mathematics, and education requirements. Professional education requirements include a semester of directed student teaching. Consult individual program description for other graduation requirements.
A 2.75 GPA is required for successful completion of the mathematics major.
College of Education and Human Services
Bishop Hall Room 421
Ferris State University
1349 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737