Steven R. Williams, Chair
167 TMCB, (801) 422-1735
College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Advisement Center
N-179 ESC, (801) 422-6270
1112 TMCB, (801) 422-4214
Candidates for all teacher preparation programs are required to complete an application that includes core criteria for each program. Applications are available from the Mathematics Education Department.
Mathematics is the discipline through which we make sense of the order, patterns, and quantitative situations we perceive in the world around us. The foundational skills of this discipline—the abilities to formulate, focus, and solve problems; to articulate, test, and justify conjectures; to communicate one's reasoning about quantities and the relationships between them; and to see connections between different mathematical ideas and real-world contexts—are highly valued in society and are characteristics of any educated person. Mathematics is not only a body of knowledge but also a process of analysis, reasoning, comparison, deduction, generalization, and problem solving.
Mathematics educators depend heavily upon their own understanding of mathematics in order to identify and articulate the mathematical ideas they want students to learn, to assess which concepts their students already possess that might serve as a foundation for learning, and to develop activities that help students develop rich understandings. They also use their understanding of the nature of the discipline to structure a culture of inquiry, reasoning, and problem solving in their classrooms.
Courses in the undergraduate program are designed to help prospective teachers plan, manage, and implement classroom activities that facilitate students' learning of mathematics. Specific program goals include (1) mastery of the foundational skills of mathematics, (2) deep reflection on mathematics learning at all levels through observation of and participation in high-quality classroom practice, (3) increased autonomy and confidence as an investigator, active learner, and productive thinker, and (4) extended field experience, informed by the best current understanding.
Program faculty include educational and mathematical researchers, specialists in both preservice and inservice teacher education, and school practitioners, spanning a broad range of interest and experience.
Majors in mathematics education prepare for careers in teaching at the middle school and junior and high school levels or graduate studies in the field.
To receive a BYU bachelor's degree a student must complete, in addition to all requirements for a specific major, the following university requirements:
Students should see their college advisement center and department advisors for information concerning the undergraduate programs.
For more information see the BYU 2009–2010 Graduate Catalog.
Upon completion of five core courses (Math 112 [honors section], 113 [honors section], 190, MthEd 117, Sc Ed 276R), undergraduate majors are required to meet with the undergraduate advisor to begin the program admissions process. Students whose grade point averages are less than a B in the first five core courses need to realize that advanced courses require much more depth of understanding and may be difficult for them.
Students who are considering graduate work in mathematics education may receive advice from the graduate coordinator.
It is recommended that a student complete the following courses in high school:
Questions regarding placement should be directed to the Mathematics Education Department, 167 TMCB.