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Northwest Missouri State University

Mathematics Education

Mathematics Education

The Northwest Difference

The math education major is an accredited program primarily focused on the skills needed for teaching secondary education as well as elementary education. Students understand the concept behind mathematical formulas and develop the tools necessary to instruct future students on those concepts.

Class sizes are small and follow a cohort model. Students learn the latest techniques and technology to effectively teach middle school and high school students, using tablets, smartboards and software programs.

Minor in Mathematics Education

Mathematics Education Minor, 23 hours: B.S.Ed.
This minor will meet the concentration requirements for the Middle School Major.

Mathematics Education Minor, 30 hours: B.S.Ed., Secondary Program (Certifies Grades 9-12)
With proper choice of electives, this minor meets minimum Missouri certification standards for grades 9-12 when added to an existing education major certification program. Students should obtain a minor advisor early in the program.

Career Opportunities

placement rate

100% of students who graduate with a degree in math education obtain employment or continue their education within six months after graduation.

Northwest’s math education program is highly respected by surrounding educators, and it is common for principals to call Northwest in search of math teachers.

*Based on self-reported data.

Beyond the Classroom

Northwest offers field experiences that are embedded into courses and include pre-student teaching and pre-professional semesters.

Pre-student teaching is a “mini student teaching” opportunity lasting one week. Northwest faculty observe and provide feedback that prepares students for their required semester-long student teaching.

The pre-service teaching conference is an annual conference that students and faculty attend to learn new teaching methods.

Student Organizations

Northwest Student Chapter of Mathematical Association of American (MAA) promotes the interest and study of mathematics through problem-solving, meetings, lectures and social events.

Pi Mu Epsilon is a national honorary society that promotes mathematics and honors students who have excelled in the major and helps students who need assistance with their studies.

For a full list of student organizations with in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics »

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their academic development. Faculty members provide short-term study programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available: faculty-led and traditional study abroad.

The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.

For more information about study abroad opportunities »