The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Mathematics (4-8, Teacher Certification), Bachelor of Science

Mathematics majors with a focus on the 4th–8th grade teacher certification are prepared to meet the growing demands for mathematics teachers in middle schools and elementary schools. This BS program produces mathematics teachers for a competitive teaching position in our society. It provides the necessary education to prepare the graduates for graduate studies in mathematics or math education as well as exciting and rewarding teaching positions at the elementary or middle school levels.

Core Curriculum - 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

020 Mathematics – 3 hours

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

Three credit hours apply. 

Major Requirements – 60 Hours

Middle School Mathematics Core - 27 hours

MATH 1350Fundamentals of Mathematics I

3

MATH 1351Fundamentals of Mathematics II

3

MATE 3301Fundamentals of Middle School Mathematics

3

MATE 3302Fundamentals of Measurement and Geometry I

3

MATE 3303Fundamentals of Measurement and Geometry II

3

MATE 3304Fundamentals of Algebraic Structures

3

MATE 3321/BIOL 3330/PHYS 3330Functions and Modeling

3

MATE 4392Research Methods in Middle and Secondary School Math

3

MATE 3317/PHIL 3317Perspectives in Mathematics and Science

3

Mathematics Foundation - 33 hours

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

MATH 2414Calculus II

4

MATH 2415Calculus III

4

MATH 2318Linear Algebra

3

STAT 3337Probability and Statistics

3

MATH 3341Differential Equations

3

MATH 3350Introduction to Mathematical Proof

3

MATH 3352Modern Geometry I

3

MATH 3363Modern Algebra I

3

MATH 3372Real Analysis I

3

MATH 4390Mathematics Project

3

One credit hour from MATH 2413 applies.

Teacher Certification - 21 Hours

Area of certification: Mathematics (4-8)

UTCH 1101Inquiry Approaches to Teaching

1

UTCH 1102Inquiry-Based Lesson Design

1

UTCH 3301Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science

3

UTCH 3302Classroom Interactions

3

UTCH 3303Project-Based Instruction

3

UTCH 4601Apprentice Teaching

6

UTCH 4101Apprentice Teaching Seminar

1

READ 4305Disciplinary Literacy in Content Area Classrooms

3

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 123

Major Admission Requirements

Admission requirements required for this program beyond university admission requirements. 

Admission to the Teacher Education Program at the Office of Educator Preparation and Accountability is required for completion of teacher certification requirements with the undergraduate degree. All admission requirements are in accordance to Texas Administrative Code rules §227.10 and the HEA Title II accountability requirements. All applicants must meet the current certification requirements in effect at the time of application, regardless of the catalog year of degree plan.

Major Progression Requirements 

Progression requirements required for this program. 

Admission to the College of Education and P16 Integration is required for participation in Apprentice Teaching and Seminar (UTCH 4101, UTCH 4601). Students unable to be admitted to UTCH 4601 and UTCH 4101 will be required to substitute 6 hours, as recommended by advisor.

Teacher Education Program progression requirements include GPA, course grades, certification courses, benchmarks/key assessments and testing.

Major Graduation Requirements 

Specific graduation requirements required for this program beyond university bachelor’s degree requirements.

Major requirements must be completed with a minimum grade of ‘C’ and a minimum GPA of 2.5.