Earn your Bachelor of Arts 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.
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.
In addition to meeting all degree requirements, students seeking certification must meet all testing requirements for their specific certification area as required by the New Hampshire Department of Education. Students will not be recommended for certification until all requirements are met.
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:
SNHU's bachelor's in middle school mathematics education program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
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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.
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This course is a one-credit course taken by Middle School Mathematics Education and Secondary Mathematics Education majors during the final semester of student teaching. Students will spend time reflecting pedagogical content knowledge learned in previous courses and during student teaching. The course will help students develop a deeper and more connected understanding of middle school and secondary mathematics content. Students will also spend time connecting their knowledge of mathematics education to national and state standards and policies regarding the mathematical education of students.
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.
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This course helps to prepare students to teach mathematics in grades 5 through 8 or 7 through 12. The course will develop content pedagogical practices based on current research and standards through a combination of academic and field-based experiences. Students will explore the developmental and environmental characteristics appropriate for the grade range including but not limited to assessments, learning theories and knowledge construction. Students will learn how to connect mathematics and other disciplines, incorporate manipulatives and current technologies into instructional design.
This course is the first of two full-time student teaching experiences required for undergraduate students seeking teacher certification. Students spend four days each week in a NH public school under the mentorship of a certified teacher for one full semester. During this time, the student teacher receives close and continuous supervision and guidance from teaching personnel at the school and by a member of Southern New Hampshire University faculty. This course also includes seminars at the university. Acceptance to Student Teaching is required.
Total Credits: 120
Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals. More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships.
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