2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Mathematics Education Secondary Education

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Program Requirements

Mathematics Education Secondary Education, BS Program Checksheet


  • Major Courses, General Education Courses, and Minor Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

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  Michigan middle or 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 middle or 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.

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 2.75 minimum GPA to receive teacher certification in Michigan. These state requirements are in addition to the FSU graduation requirements of your individual program.

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.