Mathematics Education (Grades 4-12) Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

Completion of the Mathematics Education Program and associated benchmark assessments will lead to endorsement for the following Wisconsin teaching license:

  • Middle and High School Mathematics, grades 4-12 (1400).

Students in all education programs must satisfy the School of Education (SOE) core requirements.

Students in all teacher education programs must be admitted to the School of Education in order to complete their program requirements and be eligible for endorsement for the appropriate teaching license(s). Students majoring in mathematics education (grades 4-12) must meet specific program admission criteria.

Retention and advancement

Teacher candidates may be retained in their teacher education program provided they fulfill the conditions described in the SOE Retention Policy. Students must complete all course requirements and other benchmarks prior to student teaching as described in the Student Teaching and Internship Policy. Additional SOE program requirements, including the culminating assessment of pedagogical knowledge, are described on the SOE catalog page.


The Mathematics Education Program is aligned with Wisconsin Teacher Standards (WTS) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards.

Required general education courses (13 credits)

Besides the courses specified below, mathematics education majors will need to satisfy additional general education requirements. The General Education Program requires a total of 42 credits.

EDS 203School, Society, and Teachers 1, 43
EDS 206Multicultural Education 2, 43
MTH 207Calculus I 35
MTH 215Mathematics for Middle School Teachers I 32
Total Credits13

Counts toward General Education Program requirement: Self and Society (GE Category 6).


Counts toward General Education Program requirement: Minority Cultures or Multiracial Women's Studies (GE Category 3).


Counts toward the General Education Program requirement: Mathematical/Logical Systems and Modern Languages (GE Category 2).

Allied education requirements (21 credits)

Courses not requiring admission to the School of Education
EDS 309Teaching Global Perspectives Across the Curriculum3
PSY 212Lifespan Development 43
SPE 200Foundations of Special Education 43
Student teaching semester 5
EDS 492Student Teaching Seminar1
One of the following: 411
Student Teaching: Middle/High School Education (4-12)
Teaching Internship
Total Credits21

Mathematics major content requirements (43 credits)

Courses not requiring admission to the School of Education
MTH 208Calculus II4
MTH 216Mathematics for Middle School Teachers II 32
MTH 225Foundations of Advanced Mathematics 64
STAT 245Probability and Statistics4
MTH 309Linear Algebra4
MTH 315Algebraic Structures for Middle and High School Teachers3
MTH 316Geometry for Middle and High School Teachers3
MTH 479Mathematics/Statistics Teaching Assistant2
Courses requiring admission to the School of Education
MTH 321Teaching Mathematics with Technology3
MTH 401Survey of Advanced Mathematics3
MTH 451Curriculum and Content in Science and Mathematics 42
MTH 452The Learner and Learning in Mathematics 42
MTH 454Field Experience I in Mathematics Education 42
MTH 455Field Experience II in Mathematics Education 42
MTH 460Capstone on Teaching and Learning Mathematics for Secondary Teachers3
Total Credits43

Also satisfies an SOE core requirement.


Must complete all course requirements and other benchmarks prior to student teaching. For more information, please see the Student Teaching and Internship Policy.


May substitute CS 225 for MTH 225.

Additional teacher education requirements are listed on the School of Education catalog page.

All teacher education students must complete the general education, School of Education, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college.
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned or transferred at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.


The grade point average recorded at the time the degree is awarded will not be affected by future enrollment.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

At least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400-level. 

Note: New students and transfer students with less than 12 credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student in planning their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
MTH 207 (Gen Ed Math)5MTH 2084
MTH 215 (Gen Ed Math)2ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3Gen Ed World History3
EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3MTH 2162
FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)3Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4
 16 16
Year 2
MTH 2254MTH 3094
MTH 3153MTH 3163
EDS 206 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)3EDS 3093
Gen Ed Global Studies3Gen Ed Humanistic Studies3
Gen Ed Arts2-3PSY 2123
 Apply for admission to SOE1 
 16 16
Year 3
STAT 2454Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3
MTH 4792MTH 4013
University Elective3MTH 3213
SPE 2003MTH 4512
University Elective3MTH 4542
Apply for Field Experience I2 University Elective2
 Apply for Field Experience II2 
 Apply for Student Teaching3 
 15 15
Year 4
MTH 4603All course requirements and other benchmarks must be completed prior to student teaching.4 
MTH 4522EDS 4921
MTH 4552EDS 49611
University Elective3 
Gen Ed Arts2-3 
University Elective2 
 14 12
Total Credits: 120

See the SOE admissions website for complete admission and application details. Students will be required to complete a criminal background check at the time of application for admission.


Students applying for field and student teaching placements will be asked to disclose any criminal charges.


Students must apply for student teaching through the Office of Field Experience one year prior to the student teaching semester.


For more information, please see the Student Teaching and Internship Policy.