Mathematics Education

Individuals interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete a degree in the content area they want to teach plus the teacher preparation program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Individuals must complete the teaching major/teaching track within that degree program, which may contain different course requirements than the academic major since the sequence of courses is designed to meet state standards. Upon completion of the degree program with the teaching track and the secondary licensure program, one will be eligible for a standard Montana teaching license in this content area.

Bachelor of Arts - Mathematics; Mathematics Education Concentration

College Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 53

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Catalog Year: 2017-2018


  1. The number of degree specific credits required is significantly higher if one also counts the additional course work required by the Teacher Education Program.
  2. Note that the Teacher Education Program requires in addition an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Mathematical Sciences Courses Required for the Mathematics Education Concentration41-42
Core Courses
Elective Course
Mathematics Teaching Methods Course
Student Teaching Requirement for the Mathematical Education Concentration14
Science Requirement for the Mathematics Education Concentration12
Secondary Teaching Licensure
Total Hours67-68

Mathematical Sciences Courses Required for the Mathematics Education Concentration

Rule: The courses in this category must be completed with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.

Core Courses

Rule: Take all of the following courses.


  1. Residency Requirement: At least 4 of the upper-division courses in this category must be taken at UM Missoula (only 3 if the Elective Course is an upper-division course taken at UM-Missoula).
  2. Note that taking M 429 satisfies the Advanced College Writing Requirement for this degree.
  3. STAT 451 can be substituted for STAT 341, if STAT 451 is not selected as the elective course.
M 171Calculus I4
or M 181 Honors Calculus I
M 172Calculus II4
or M 182 Honors Calculus II
M 221Introduction to Linear Algebra4
M 301Mathematics Technology for Teachers3
M 307Introduction to Abstract Mathematics3
M 326Number Theory3
M 429History of Mathematics3
M 431Abstract Algebra I4
M 439Euclidean and Non–Euclidean Geometry3
STAT 341Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
or STAT 451 Statistical Methods I
Total Hours34

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Elective Course

Select one of the following:3-4
Multivariable Calculus
Ordinary Differential Equations and Systems
Discrete Mathematics
Discrete Optimization
Linear Optimization
Advanced Calculus I
Partial Differential Equations
Deterministic Models
Abstract Algebra II
Numerical Analysis
Statistical, Dynamical, and Computational Modeling
Practical Big Data Analytics
Theoretical Basics of Big Data Analytics and Real Time Computation Algorithms
Introduction to Complex Analysis
Introduction to Real Analysis
Graph Theory
Probability Theory
Mathematical Statistics
Statistical Methods I
Statistical Methods II
Total Hours3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Mathematics Teaching Methods Course

Rule: Take the following course.

Note: The course number EDU 497 covers many different teaching methods courses. The section of EDU 497 entitled "Methods: 5 - 12 Mathematics" is required for the Mathematics Education option.

EDU 497Teaching and Assessing3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Student Teaching Requirement for the Mathematics Concentration

Take the following Course14
Student Teaching
Total Hours14

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Science Requirement for the Mathematics Education Concentration

Rule: Take 12 credits in at most two areas selected from astronomy (ASTR), biology (BIO*), chemistry (CHMY), computer science (CSCI, except CSCI TR*), economics (ECNS), forestry (FORS, WILD), geosciences (GEO), management information systems (BMIS), and physics (PHSX).


  1. Students completing a teaching minor (in another subject) or a second major are exempt from this requirement.
  2. Transfer courses listed on the transcript as “CSCI TR*” may include course work in other areas such as Computer Applications (CAPP) and therefore do not count towards this requirement unless a student successfully petitions the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Minimum Required Grade: C-

12 Total Credits Required

Secondary Teaching Licensure

Note: For licensure to teach mathematics, a student must also gain admission to the Teacher Education Program and meet all the requirements for secondary teaching licensure (see the College of Education and Human Sciences).