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Northwest Missouri State University

Minor in Mathematics Education (Certifies Grades 9-12)

Designed to:

  • prepare students to teach secondary mathematics
  • provide the strong content knowledge needed to teach mathematics
  • lead to Missouri teaching certification (can be augmented to meet the requirements in most other states)
  • combine instruction in mathematical content with courses that explore strategies for teaching mathematics
  • prepare students to enter a graduate program in mathematics education

Required Courses for Mathematics Education
B.S.Ed., Secondary Program (Certifies Grades 9-12)

Course No.

Course Name


Math 17-118 College Algebra 3
*Math 17-120 Calculus I 4
Math 17-121 Calculus II 4
Math 17-215 Discrete Mathematics 4
Math 17-351 College Geometry OR
Math 17-555     Non-Euclidean Geometry 4
**CSIS 44-149 Scientific Computing 3

Select at least eight hours from the following electives

Math 17-114 General Statistics I OR
Math 17-230    Probability and Statics 3
Math 17-321 Multivariate Calculus 4
Math 17-311 Elementary Linear Algebra 3
Math 17-415 Introduction to Abstract Algebra 3
Math 17-421 Intermediate Analysis 3
Math 17-518 Number Theory 3
A geometry course not used at the required course
Total Course Hours Required 30

In addition to the 30 hours, Math 17-580 Methods in Secondary School Mathematics must be completed as a degree requirement.
* Requires a knowledge of trigonometry. Math 17-119 Trigonometry may not be counted as a part of the 30 hours required for this minor.
* This course counts as a General Education course as well as a course in the minor area.
** CSIS 44-130 Computers and Info Tech is a prerequisite course.
With proper choice of electives, this minor meets minimum Missouri certification standards for grades 9-12. Students should obtain a minor advisor early in the program.