Math Teaching

About the Major

As a mathematics education major, you will learn the methods of educating children from 5th through 12th grades. Students pursuing this degree will complete all the classes required for a mathematics major, including applied mathematics, statistics, and pure mathematics, in addition to education courses. Mathematicians use mathematical theory, computational techniques, algorithms, and the latest computer technology to solve economic, scientific, engineering, physics, and business problems. Students will graduate with all the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in middle schools or high schools after passing state exams (IUPUI School of Education, 2019).

Skills and abilities this major develops include: cultural competency, teaching, problem solving, and quantitative.

Engaged Learning Experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes.  Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IUPUI’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Major Possibilities

Sample Coursework

  • American culture and teaching
  • History of elementary mathematics
  • Field experience
  • Calculus 1, 2, and 3
  • Ordinary differential equations
  • Discrete mathematics
  • Abstract algebra
  • Elementary linear algebra

Possible Careers

  • Actuary
  • Biostatistician
  • Education administrator*
  • Guidance counselor*
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Statistician
*Career option requires additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Carmel Clay Schools
  • Citizens Energy Group
  • Indianapolis Public Schools
  • Nonprofits
  • Roche Diagnostics
  • Rolls-Royce

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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