Earn your BA in Middle School Mathematics Education at Southern New Hampshire University and be prepared for a career teaching math in grades five through eight. Our program was created specifically for those wishing to teach middle school math. Unlike most math education programs, the curriculum doesn't just pair math courses and tack on education courses. Instead, our courses integrate math and education specifically for prospective teachers. For example, you won't take an abstract algebra course intended for math majors. You'll take Algebra for Teachers.
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While the BA in Middle School Mathematics Education was created specifically to meet the demand for middle school math teachers, it's not just for "math whizzes." The program offers a number of unique benefits, including:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your BA in Middle School Mathematics Education at SNHU include:
Job opportunities for middle school math teachers are abundant.
Students majoring in middle school mathematics education will be prepared for New Hampshire certification to teach math in grades five through eight. This certification is reciprocal in most states.
There is a critical shortage of middle school math teachers in New Hampshire, according to the state Department of Education. Middle school math teaching is one of 10 "very favorable occupations," meaning there are plentiful openings and opportunity for growth, according to the New Hampshire Employment Security Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau.
This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an initial teacher's license or endorsement in New Hampshire. Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement, or salary benefits. View disclosure information.
The BA in Middle School Mathematics Education is a teacher certification program created for students who want to teach middle school math. New Hampshire certification is reciprocal in most states.
The program features courses created specifically for those interested in teaching math.
You won't have to wait until after graduation to put education theory into practice - SNHU students work in real classrooms beginning first semester, freshman year.
Field work includes math and literacy nights in local school districts, networking opportunities with teachers and superintendents, and opportunities to student teach. The program culminates in a 16-week, full-time student teaching experience under the supervision of a full-time teacher. (Students must pass the Praxis II exam before they begin.)
This program meets or exceeds the recommendations for pre-service middle school mathematics teacher programs by:
Free elective Credits: 15
This is the first course of a two-semester sequence which explores the mathematics content in grades K-6 from an advanced standpoint. Topics include: problem solving; functions and graphs; and numbers and operations. This course is open to Early Child Education, Elementary Education, Middle School Mathematics Education, Music Education and Special Education Majors ONLY.
Topics in this course include research methods such as: case studies, interviews and action research. Students will engage in these types of research and analyze related research done in the field of mathematics education. Students will design and implement a research project based on the concepts learned in this class. The impact of research on policies and practices will be explored as students familiarize themselves with state and national standards and policies. Students will also learn how to interpret findings from research and relate them to classroom practices. The course will require 10 - 20 hours of field experience.
Calculus is the mathematical study of change that has widespread applications in science, engineering, economics and business. This course provides a rigorous introduction to single-variable calculus. Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation and integration of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions, applications of derivatives, and integration, including the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. This course will encourage students to think beyond memorizing formulas and to work towards understanding concepts. Students may not take both MAT 210 and MAT 225 for credit.
Discrete mathematics is the study of mathematical structures that are fundamentally discrete rather than continuous. That is, in contrast to the real numbers that vary continuously, the objects of study in discrete mathematics take on distinct, separated values. Topics include operations on sets, logic, truth tables, counting, relations and digraphs, functions, trees and graph theory. A significant goal of this course is to improve students' critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
This course introduces students to the language and methods used to create and write mathematical proofs and solve problems. Methods of proof will include: direct, contrapositive, contradiction, and induction. Methods of problem solving will be based on Polya's four steps for problem solving. Students will learn about and utilize the many functions of proof including: verification, explanation, communication, discovery, justification, and inquiry. The course will also explore the relationship between problem solving and the process of proving. Students will explore fundamental abstract concepts in mathematics including: functions and relations, set theory, number theory, and logic.
In this course students will study topics in data analysis including: descriptive statistics, probability, odds and fair games, probability distributions, normal distributions, estimation, and hypothesis testing. The course format will include: hands-on activities; computer-based simulations; creating and implementing student developed investigations; and actual middle school mathematics classroom activities. Throughout the course students will be given opportunities to relate the mathematical concepts studied in this course to the mathematical concepts they will be teaching. This course is not appropriate for students who have completed MAT-240, MAT-245 or MAT-250.
This course will examine concepts in Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries. Course topics include: area and volume, congruence and similarity, properties of and relationships among geometric shapes and structures. The Pythagorean Theorem, and motion and symmetry. Students will engage with these concepts through proofs, problem solving, dynamic geometric software, and through activities used in middle school mathematics. Throughout the course students will be given opportunities to relate the mathematical concepts studied to the mathematical concepts they will be teaching.
This course will examine concepts in algebra including: Patterns, arithmetic sequences, geometric sequences, arithmetic and algebra of the integers, least common multiple and greatest common divisor, The Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic, The Division Algorithm and Euclidean Algorithm, modular arithmetic and systems of numbers, properties of groups and fields, the field of complex numbers, polynomial arithmetic and algebra, The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, linear equations, matrix algebra determinants, and vectors. Students will engage with these concepts through proofs, problem solving and through activities used in middle school mathematics. Throughout the course students will be given opportunities to relate the mathematical concepts studied to the mathematical concepts they will be teaching.
This course will look at the historical development of the disciplines of mathematics and mathematics education. Within the discipline of mathematics we will examine the development of number and number systems, geometry and measurement, algebra, probability and statistics, calculus, and discrete mathematics. Within the discipline of mathematics education we will examine the development of learning theories, theories of teaching mathematics, research trends, and mathematics curriculum. Throughout this course students will study the history of mathematics and mathematics education through readings, case studies, and problem sets.
This course is the mathematics capstone course for Middle School and Secondary Mathematics Education majors. Students will spend time reflecting on the mathematics learned in previous courses through rich problems that draw on concepts from multiple disciplines in mathematics. The course will help students develop a deeper and more connected understanding of school mathematics content while continuing to develop their mathematical habits of mind and problem-solving strategies. Students will also spend time connecting their knowledge of mathematics education to national and state standards and policies regarding the mathematical education of students.
This course gives students an overview of American education through analysis of its historical and philosophical roots. Contemporary issues in American education are emphasized. Non-education majors may use this course as a social science elective.
This basic course for classroom teachers explores various techniques necessary for designing and implementing authentic measures to assess successful student learning.
This course provides students with innovative and authentic learning experiences about middle-level education. Topics include team teaching, advising, integrating curriculum, active learning, cooperative learning, trackless classes, block scheduling, community service programs, health education, and full exploratory and concentrated curriculum.
This course develops students' knowledge and skill with technology with the ultimate aim of using technology to enhance student learning and achievement. This course also introduces students to learning target (standards/outcomes) and a general model of curriculum development, implementation and assessment. Offered every fall and spring.
This course examines teaching strategies and techniques for early childhood, elementary education, middle school, and high school. Students will conduct in-depth study of behavior theory and practical application in the classroom environment. Students will learn to promote learning environments where students can set goals and accept responsibility for their own learning. Modification and accommodations will be researched at each level discussing the best approaches depending upon the age of the child. Alignment with the regular education curriculum includes a review of the Grade Level Expectations and the Grade Span Expectations and Common Core Standards. Students will leave this class with a good understanding of the progression and development of students with disabilities K-12 personally, socially physically, and academically. TCP acceptance is required.
In this course, students study effective practices that support the development of reading comprehension and writing strategies for accessing information across content area subjects in grades 4-8. The course focuses on the strategies that enable students read and write about non-fiction. Students will also examine ways to address the particular needs of students with diverse language, cultural and learning requirements using the applications of strategic reading and writing. TCP acceptance is required.
All teacher education majors seeking certification will participate in 16 weeks of full-time practice teaching at nearby schools. During the 16 weeks, the student teacher receives close and continuous supervision and guidance from teaching personnel at the school and by a member of the Southern New Hampshire University faculty. This course also includes seminars at the university. TCP acceptance is required.
This course provides students with deep understanding of children with disabilities and specific characteristics of disabilities and how they impact learning in the general curriculum. Students will examine and be prepared to define ways in which such disabilities are diagnosed and possible strategies and techniques (to include assistive technology) to assist the student in the general classroom to the extent possible. Tiered Support Systems will be discussed as a general education initiative that can serve the needs of all students. Students will research resources available for families and schools to support the needs of disabled children. The role of the family and school as partners will be developed as a critical technique to serve the needs of students, as well as facilitating effective meetings and communication efforts that must be part of the role of special educator.
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