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Major in Mathematics Education (B.A.)

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Calculate, facilitate, educate — and make a difference.

Mathematics has long been vital to understanding how our world works. As a mathematics education major at Clark, you’ll study fundamental mathematics — such as algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and calculus — and also have the opportunity to shape the next generation of learners.

By pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics education, you’ll develop your logical, computational, and quantitative skills and pursue a capstone project that includes work at a middle or high school. Though the program doesn’t directly lead to licensure, it offers early guidance on a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) through Clark’s Education Department. You’ll be well prepared to build a solid foundation for your students — and more importantly, to ignite their passion and curiosity.

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Why study mathematics education at Clark?

  • Share your passion and enthusiasm for mathematics and problem solving with the next generation.
  • Discover how math can be more than just working with numbers. Through teaching, you can combine your problem-solving skills with learning how to work with people, manage classrooms, become a facilitator, and find creative ways to impart knowledge.
  • By studying education through a social justice lens — an integral part of the curriculum in Clark’s teacher education program — you’ll learn how to make a difference in the lives of students.
  • Join a field where jobs are expected to be plentiful throughout the United States over the next several decades.
  • Apply to our Fifth-year Accelerated Program to obtain a master of arts in teaching (MAT) under a full scholarship.

The Mathematics Education Path

A total of eight courses, including six mathematics courses and two education courses, are needed to complete the mathematics major. You’ll also need to complete a capstone project through an education internship approved by your adviser. One-on-one faculty advising will help you plot a path through the major based on your beginning level of preparation and interests. Areas of focus are calculus, algebra, and teacher preparation.

If you’re considering a career teaching mathematics at the high school level, we encourage you to check out the Noyce Scholarship program.

Skills you will learn include:

  • How mathematics can be applied to nearly every aspect of modern life.
  • Differentiation of algebraic and trigonometric functions, theorems, and various applications.
  • How to identify and act upon the barriers and issues facing urban education.
  • Outstanding Achievement in Mathematical Education Award

During your junior year, you might be accepted into the mathematics honors program. Joining the program means you’ll work closely with a professor to create a thesis on a topic of your choice. Examples of recent honors theses topics are:

  • Visual Application of Group Theory
  • Axiomatic Origami
  • The Root System F4 and its A2 Subsystems

Building your foundation

The Clark Experience

We structure our curriculum around Liberal Education and Effective Practice (LEEP), which connects classroom learning with action through world and workplace experiences.

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Faculty and Programs in the Department of Mathematics