2019-2020 Catalog (Current)

Mathematics Education Secondary Education

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Education and Human Services

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Admission Requirements

High school students and transfer students with 29 credit hours or less must possess a high school grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or an ACT composite score of 17 or 900 SAT. Transfer students with 30 credit hours or more must possess a 2.5 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.

General Education Requirements

All University General Education requirements for a Bachelor’s degree is here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives.

Consult the Required Courses above or the program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Teacher Certification Requirements

As required by the State of Michigan to receive teacher certification, all teacher candidates must: (1) meet the MDE (CAEP) cohort requirements, (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.

Graduation Requirements

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.

More Information

College of Education & Human Services
School of Education
Bishop Hall Room 421
Ferris State University
1349 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
Telephone: (231) 591-5361

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Mathematics Major (37 credit hours)

Analytical Geometry-Calculus 1
Analytical Geometry-Calculus 2
Probability-Stats for Teachers
Math Modeling-Problem Solving
Analytical Geometry-Calculus 3
Linear Algebra
Fund Concepts in Mathematics
College Geometry
Discrete Mathematics Teachers
Intro to Abstract Algebra
Teaching and Learning-HS Math

Professional Education Sequence

Level I
Note: Students seeking admission to teacher education candidacy must meet all university requirements for admission to the specific program they wish to enter.
Intro to the Professn of Teach
Life Span Human Growth - Devel
Principles Teaching - Learning
Level II
Note: Prior to admission to the Level II courses, students must pass all sections of the Professional Readiness Exom, complete all Professional Education Prerequisite courses with a minimum of 2.5 GPA, with no grade lower than a C (2.0), have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and meet all other program requirements. Students may have no more than two repeats in Level I coursework.
School and Work and Society
Teaching Special Needs
Secondary General Methods I
Secondary General Methods II
Tchg Reading-Secondary Areas
Level III
Note: Prior to student teaching and professional seminar (Level III courses), students must obtain the appropriate GPA for their major/minor as established by each department, earn an overall GPA of 2.75 in the professional education courses, have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, Pass the MTTC Tests, and meet all other program requirements.
Student Teaching
NOTE: STUDENTS MUST OBTAIN THE APPROPRIATE GPA FOR THEIR MAJOR/MINOR AS ESTABLISHED BY EACH DEPARTMENT. A 2.75 GPA IS REQUIRED IN THE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSE SEQUENCE. A 2.50 CUMULATIVE GPA IS ALSO REQUIRED BEFORE STUDENT TEACHING. NOTE: Though faculty advisors are responsible for advising students regarding degree requirements, it is the student who is ultimately responsible for choosing the correct courses and for following the correct program.