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

**Program Overview**

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.

Admission requirements 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.

Progression requirements 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.

Specific graduation requirements 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.

## 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 2413 | Calculus I | 4 |

*Three credit hours apply.*

## Major Requirements - 60 hours

### Mathematics Foundation - 33 hours

MATH 2413 | Calculus I | 4 |

MATH 2414 | Calculus II | 4 |

MATH 2415 | Calculus III | 4 |

MATH 2318 | Linear Algebra | 3 |

STAT 3337 | Probability and Statistics | 3 |

MATH 3341 | Differential Equations | 3 |

MATH 3350 | Introduction to Mathematical Proof | 3 |

MATH 3352 | Modern Geometry I | 3 |

MATH 3363 | Modern Algebra I | 3 |

MATH 3372 | Real Analysis I | 3 |

MATH 4390 | Mathematics Project | 3 |

*One credit hour from MATH 2413 applies.*

### Middle School Mathematics Core - 27 hours

MATH 1350 | Fundamentals of Mathematics I | 3 |

MATH 1351 | Fundamentals of Mathematics II | 3 |

MATE 3301 | Fundamentals of Middle School Mathematics | 3 |

MATE 3302 | Fundamentals of Measurement and Geometry I | 3 |

MATE 3303 | Fundamentals of Measurement and Geometry II | 3 |

MATE 3304 | Fundamentals of Algebraic Structures | 3 |

MATE 3321 | Functions and Modeling | 3 |

MATE 3317 | Perspectives in Mathematics and Science | 3 |

MATE 4392 | Research Methods in Middle and Secondary School Math | 3 |

## Teacher Certification - 21 hours

### Area of certification: Mathematics (4-8)

UTCH 1101 | Inquiry Approaches to Teaching | 1 |

UTCH 1102 | Inquiry-Based Lesson Design | 1 |

UTCH 3301 | Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science | 3 |

UTCH 3302 | Classroom Interactions | 3 |

UTCH 3303 | Project-Based Instruction | 3 |

UTCH 4601 | Apprentice Teaching | 6 |

UTCH 4101 | Apprentice Teaching Seminar | 1 |

READ 4305 | Disciplinary Literacy in the Classroom | 3 |

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 123

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**View this program’s recommended roadmap to graduation.**

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UTRGV Roadmaps are a suggested sequence of courses designed to assist students in completing their undergraduate degree requirements. This is a term-by-term sample roadmap of courses required to complete the degree. Students must satisfy all requirements in their catalog including, but not limited to course prerequisites, grade point average and course grade benchmarks, progression requirements, and graduation requirements.

Students should meet with their academic advisor every semester to discuss their individualized path toward completion. Degree progress within this roadmap depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation and readiness, student time management, work and personal responsibilities, and financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.