The Mathematics Education Program is available for students who plan to teach mathematics in 6th through 12th grade. Mathematics Program students gain real world experience in the classroom through student teaching or on-the-job experiences at area schools. Students who satisfactorily complete the program requirements also meet the Wisconsin teacher certification requirements for teaching mathematics subject areas in those grades. Students at this level of certification may add the following licenses while pursuing or after obtaining their Mathematics licensure as their initial certification:
- English as a Second Language
- World Languages
|University General Education Requirements *||12-42|
|Content Area *||37-45|
|Professional Education Requirements||36|
|Electives (to ensure 128 credits at time of graduation) *||0-31|
|Minimum credits for degree||128|
Requirement credit totals vary based on student test scores, previous area-specific knowledge, and GER course choice.
University General Education Requirements (GER)
|GER Competency Requirements|
|Oral and Written Communication, Part A||0-3|
English Placement Test score at level 4 or higher, or pass English 102 with a grade of C or better
|Oral and Written Communication, Part B||3|
Complete a GER-OWCB approved advanced course with a grade of C or better
|Quantitative Literacy, Part A||0-3|
Math Placement Test code 30 or higher, or pass Math 102, 103, 105, or 175 with a grade of C or better
|Quantitative Literacy, Part B 1||3|
Complete a GER-QLB approved advanced course with a grade of C or better
|Complete one of the following:|
2 consecutive semesters of college instruction in a single foreign language with passing grades
2 consecutive years of high school instruction in a single foreign language with passing grades
Demonstrate language proficiency on approved exam
|GER Distribution Requirements|
Select one approved GER-A designated course
Select two approved GER-HU designated courses
|Social Sciences 1||3-6|
Select two approved GER-SS designated courses
|Natural Sciences 1||0-6|
Select one approved GER-NS or GER-NS+ designated course
Select one approved GER-NS+ designated course, which includes a lab component
|Cultural Diversity 1||0-3|
Select one approved GER-CD designated course
Program-specific requirements fulfill, or partially fulfill, University GER requirements. Program identifies certain course categories (ie. literature, biology, political science, etc.) be used to fulfill some GERs in order to meet PI 34 Statutory Requirements.
|COMMUN 103||Public Speaking (GER-HU, fulfilled prior to program admission)||3|
|CURRINS 300||Introduction to Teaching: Colloquium and Fieldwork (fulfilled prior to program admission)||3|
|or CURRINS 328||Introduction to Teaching Science in Middle and High School|
|ED PSY 330||Introduction to Learning and Development||3|
|Choose one: 2||3|
|American Indian Peoples of Wisconsin (GER-CD, SS)|
|Introduction to American Indian Literature: (GER-CD, HU)|
|Western Great Lakes American Indian Community Life of the Past (GER-CD, SS)|
|North American Indian History Since 1887 (GER-CD, SS)|
Non-Western History or Contemporary Culture and Minority Group Relations (Act 31) statutory requirements can both be met by taking one class. Program may allow fulfillment of Act 31 with a 1-day workshop.
|Choose one of the following 2 courses:||4-5|
|Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (QL-B, GER-NS)|
|Honors Calculus I (QL-B, GER-NS)|
|MATH 232||Calculus and Analytic Geometry II||4|
|or MATH 222||Honors Calculus II|
|MATH 233||Calculus and Analytic Geometry III (not required if MATH 221 and MATH 222 have been taken)||0-4|
|MATH 240||Matrices and Applications||3|
|or MATH 234||Linear Algebra and Differential Equations|
|MATH 341||Seminar: Introduction to the Language and Practice of Mathematics||3|
|MATH 431||Modern Algebra with Applications||3|
|MATH 451||Axiomatic Geometry||3|
|or MATH 453||Transformations in Geometry|
|MATH 575||High School Mathematics from an Advanced Viewpoint||3|
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Mathematical and Computational Modeling|
or MATH 405
|Mathematical Models and Applications|
|Linear Programming and Optimization|
or MATH 315
|Mathematical Programming and Optimization|
|Introduction to Differential Equations|
|Mathematical Models and Applications|
|Introduction to Numerical Analysis|
|Computational Linear Algebra|
|Axiomatic Geometry 3|
or MATH 453
|Transformations in Geometry|
|Advanced Calculus I|
|Statistics (choose one of the following)||3-6|
|Introductory Statistics for Physical Sciences and Engineering Students|
|Introductory Mathematical Statistics for Social Sciences and Education|
|Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I|
and Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II
|Computer Science and Physics Area|
|PHYSICS 209||Physics I (Calculus Treatment) (GER-NS)||4|
|PHYSICS 214||Lab Physics I (Calculus Treatment) (GER-NS+)||1|
|COMPSCI 250||Introductory Computer Programming||3|
May only choose the course that was not taken previously.
Professional Education Requirements
MACSTEP Sequence - Milwaukee Area Collaborative Secondary Science (and Math) Teacher Education Program. Formal admission to the School of Education required. A grade of C or better must be met for all professional requirements, including student teaching.
|CURRINS 332||Teaching of Mathematics: Middle School||3|
|CURRINS 510||Cooperative Strategies for Pre and Early Adolescents||2|
|CURRINS 545||Reading in the Content Areas: Middle, Junior, and Senior High School||3|
|CURRINS 629||Change and Change Strategies in Education||3|
|ED PSY 541||Assessment in Science and Math I||1|
|CURRINS 510||Cooperative Strategies for Pre and Early Adolescents||1|
|CURRINS 516||Field Work in Middle School||3|
|CURRINS 532||Teaching of Mathematics: Secondary||3|
|ED PSY 542||Assessment in Science and Math II||1|
|EXCEDUC 536||Inclusion for Secondary Science and Math Educators||1|
|EXCEDUC 537||Math and Science Methods for All Learners||1|
|ED PSY 543||Assessment in Science and Math III||1|
|EXCEDUC 538||Teaching Math and Science to All Learners||1|
|Student Teaching (Spring) 4|
|CURRINS 431||Student Teaching in Mathematics||9|
|CURRINS 432||Student Teaching Mathematics Seminar||3|
Students must complete paperwork in order to be assigned a student teaching placement. To be approved for placement, additional criteria must be met. See Benchmarks for details.
Additional Requirements for Graduation
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
- A minimum GPA of 2.75 in all your mathematics content area courses and a minimum 2.75 GPA in all your professional education courses.
- Satisfactory completion of a minimum 128 credits.
- Completion of the last year of coursework (30 credits) in residence at UW-Milwaukee.
- Completion of edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) required for certification.
Advance to Major
Program Admission Requirements
Application to the Mathematics Education program requires satisfactory completion of the requirements listed below. For more information about the application process, visit our website at http://uwm.edu/education/academics/mathematics/.
- Basic skills test: Passing scores on one of the following exams: Praxis I, CORE, ACT, SAT, or GRE. ACT, SAT, or GRE score must be within ten years of admission term to academic program. Please see your academic advisor for additional information.
- Oral and Written Communication (OWC) Part A: Achieve a placement level of 4 or higher on the English Placement Test, or complete ENGLISH 102 or equivalent with a grade of C or better.
- Quantitative Literacy (QL) Part A: Achieve a placement level of 30 or higher on the Math Placement Text, or complete MATH 102, MATH 103, MATH 105, MATH 108, MATH 175, or an equivalent with a grade of C or better.
- Completion of CURRINS 300, Introduction to Teaching, or CURRINS 328, Introduction to Teaching Science in Middle and High School, with a grade of C or better.
- Completion of Commun 103 with a grade of C or better.
- A 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA in all UWM and transfer courses at the time of admission application.
- Completion of the following at the time of admission application: [MATH 231, MATH 232, and MATH 233, or an equivalent sequence of calculus and analytical geometry] plus [MATH 234 or MATH 240 or equivalent courses] with a 2.75 GPA in these and all faculty-approved Math courses 300 level and above.
- A minimum of 58 credits (UWM and transfer credits) at the time of admission application. It is not required to have all the Core Curriculum courses completed at the time of application.
- Meeting with faculty advisor to review admission application. Faculty signature required on application.
Students must complete paperwork in order to be assigned a student teaching placement. To determine your deadline (February or April), visit the Office of Clinical Experiences website at uwm.edu/education/academics/clinical-experiences/.
To be approved for placement, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be admitted to the School of Education;
- Completion of all required coursework;
- Cumulative GPA of a minimum 2.5;
- A minimum of 2.75 in all your content area and professional education courses;
- Passing scores reflected on your transcript for the Praxis II exam: Mathematics: Content Knowledge #5161;
- Removal of all F or I (incompletes) grades;
- TB test results submitted to the Office of Clinical Experiences; and
- Criminal Background Check submitted to the Office of Clinical Experiences
Our purpose is to provide collaborative, mentoring relationships which promote educational, career, and professional development. We value a student-centered, holistic, and ethical approach to advising based on strong partnerships with students, faculty and staff, and the larger campus community. We are committed to creating a respectful and supportive environment. We encourage students to be self-reliant through informed decisions and choices based upon dissemination of accurate information. We value our own continuous professional development to enhance the quality of the advising experience.
How to Prepare for an Advising Meeting
- Review your Advisement Report in PAWS.
- Come prepared with questions or topics for discussion.
- Make a list of courses you think you should take.
- Investigate opportunities to prepare for the job you want.
- Keep a record of your academic progress.
- Understand you are ultimately responsible for creating your educational, life, and career plans.
- Maintain honest and open communication with your advisor.
- Take responsibility for choices you make as a student and member of the UW-Milwaukee community.
Scheduling an Appointment
Office of Student Services
Enderis Hall, Room 209
Walk-in advising is for current School of Education students and is limited to 10-15 minutes. Offered weekly on Thursday from 1-4 PM, these opportunities allow for you to meet briefly with your assigned academic advisor, or an advisor familiar with your program of study.
Transfer Student Not Yet Enrolled at UWM?
If you are attending a different college or university and would like to transfer to UWM to study in the School of Education and have questions, please connect with our Transfer Advisor, Emilee Schultz, at (414) 229-6019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a School of Education graduate student, you may schedule an appointment with your faculty advisor by contacting your faculty advisor directly. Faculty contact information can be found in the People Directory. Your faculty advisor will be listed in your PAWS account. If you are unsure who your advisor is, please contact Graduate Program Admissions Specialist Allison Hochmuth.
Honors in the Department of Teaching and Learning
Departmental Honors are granted to students who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester.
Honors in the School of Education
Dean's Honor List
GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.
Honors Degree and Honors Degree with Thesis
Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.
Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. In schools and colleges in which fewer than 15% of the traditional students have a 3.500 GPA, all-university honors will be awarded to approximately the top 15% of graduating students. A criterion GPA (not lower than 3.200) for this 15% will be calculated based on statistics from the previous comparable semester. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).
Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.