Mathematics Education

The math education program prepares you for the State of Illinois Professional Educator’s License in High School (Secondary) Education, with a concentration in math.

Preparing You for Success

You participate in classroom field experiences your freshman year, then you gain additional field experiences your sophomore and junior years. These prepare you for the senior year student teaching experience. Bradley faculty and your supervising teachers are valuable mentors throughout the process. You also work closely with math department faculty who give you a foundation in analysis and problem solving.

The teacher education department is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. It also is a member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The high school education program is nationally recognized by the National Council for the Social Studies, National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, National Science Teachers Association and National Council of Teachers of English.

By the time you graduate, your experiences include:

  • Professional development and licensure in high school (secondary) education
  • More than 500 hours of field experience and student teaching in local classrooms
  • Instruction and mentorship from faculty who taught on six continents, published 30 books on education and served in educational leadership at state and national levels
  • Research opportunities with faculty
  • Use of classroom technologies such as Smart Boards, virtual reality, 3-D printing and wearable devices

Making Your Mark

Math education teachers are in demand. All high school education students who completed the program and graduated boast a 100 percent pass rate on Illinois licensure tests, including the national edTPA portfolio evaluation. That success means you can enter the teaching profession or graduate school after graduation. As an educator, you can consider future graduate studies in curriculum and instruction or other fields.

Major Requirements

Mathematics Core - 21-22 hrs.

  • MTH 121: Calculus I - 4 hrs.
  • MTH 122: Calculus II - 4 hrs.
  • MTH 223: Calculus III - 4 hrs.
  • MTH 207: Elementary Linear Algebra with Applications - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 325: Probability and Statistics I - 3 hrs.
  • CS 100: Introduction to Programming Concepts and Languages - 3 hrs.
    or CS 101: Introduction to Programming - 4 hrs.

Additional Required Courses - 6 hrs.

  • MTH 404: Modern Algebra I - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 420: Introduction to Analysis I - 3 hrs.

Elective Courses (choose five) - 15 hrs.

Not all may be from the same Depth Grouping.

    Group I: Analysis/Topology/Geometry

    • MTH 305: Modern Geometry - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 345: Differential Equations - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 403: Complex Variables I - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 406: Elementary Topology - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 414: Partial Differential Equations II - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 420: Real Analysis - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 421: Advanced Calculus - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 514: Partial Differential Equations - 3 hrs.

    Group II: Algebra/Number Theory/Discrete Mathematics

    • MTH 301: Combinatorics - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 302: Graph Theory - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 307: Linear Algebra - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 310: Introduction to Number Theory - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 404: Abstract Algebra I - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 405: Abstract Algebra II - 3 hrs.

    Group III: Statistics and Applied Mathematics

    • MTH 325: Probability and Statistics I - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 326: Probability and Statistics II - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 335: Topics in Actuarial Science - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 345: Differential Equations - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 410: Numerical Methods I - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 411: Numerical Methods II - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 414: Partial Differential Equations - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 427: Applied Statistical Methods - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 428: Topics in Applied Statistics - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 435: Stochastic Processes - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 501: Topics in Applied Mathematics I - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 502: Topics in Applied Mathematics II - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 510: Numerical Analysis I - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 511: Numerical Analysis II - 3 hrs.
    • MTH 514: Partial Differential Equations - 3 hrs.

Additional Professional Education Requirements

The state currently requires that students be introduced to various topics in order to meet the Mathematics subject area endorsement requirements. Most of the mathematical topics required for endorsement are covered in the core curriculum. Currently, there are additional requirements in graph theory, geometry, and history of mathematics. State licensure requirements change frequently. It is the student’s responsibility to see that the current state requirements are satisfied.