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:

  • Bilingual
  • English as a Second Language


General Education Requirements (GERs)

UW-Milwaukee has General Education Requirements that must be met in order to earn a bachelor’s degree. Some of the requirements of your program may fulfill the campus GERs. Please review the requirements and consult with your academic advisor.  

Program Admission Requirements

Program Core

COMMUN 103Public Speaking (GER-HU, fulfilled prior to program admission)3
CURRINS 300Introduction to Teaching: Colloquium and Fieldwork (fulfilled prior to program admission)3
or CURRINS 328 Introduction to Teaching Science and Mathematics in Middle and High School
ED PSY 330Introduction to Learning and Development3
Choose one: 13
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)
Total Credits12

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.

Content Area

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 232Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
or MATH 222 Honors Calculus II
MATH 233Calculus and Analytic Geometry III (not required if MATH 221 and MATH 222 have been taken)0-4
MATH 240Matrices and Applications3
or MATH 234 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
MATH 341Seminar: Introduction to the Language and Practice of Mathematics3
MATH 431Modern Algebra with Applications3
MATH 451Axiomatic Geometry3
or MATH 453 Transformations in Geometry
MATH 575High School Mathematics from an Advanced Viewpoint3
Choose one of the following:3
Introduction to Mathematical and Computational Modeling
Mathematical Models and Applications
Linear Programming and Optimization
Mathematical Programming and Optimization
Introduction to Differential Equations
Vector Analysis
Mathematical Models and Applications
Introduction to Numerical Analysis
Computational Linear Algebra
Axiomatic Geometry 2
Transformations in Geometry
Advanced Calculus I
Linear Algebra
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 209Physics I (Calculus Treatment) (GER-NS)4
PHYSICS 214Lab Physics I (Calculus Treatment) (GER-NS+)1
COMPSCI 250Introductory Computer Programming3
Total Credits37-45

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 332Teaching of Mathematics 33
CURRINS 510Cooperative Strategies for Pre and Early Adolescents2
CURRINS 545Reading in the Content Areas: Middle, Junior, and Senior High School3
CURRINS 629Change and Change Strategies in Education3
ED PSY 541Assessment in Science and Math I1
CURRINS 510Cooperative Strategies for Pre and Early Adolescents1
CURRINS 516Field Work in Middle School3
CURRINS 532Teaching of Mathematics: Secondary3
ED PSY 542Assessment in Science and Math II1
EXCEDUC 536Inclusion for Secondary Science and Math Educators1
EXCEDUC 537Math and Science Methods for All Learners1
ED PSY 543Assessment in Science and Math III1
EXCEDUC 538Teaching Math and Science to All Learners1
Student Teaching (Spring) 3
CURRINS 431Student Teaching in Mathematics9
CURRINS 432Student Teaching Mathematics Seminar3
Total Credits36

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

  • 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 102MATH 103MATH 105MATH 108MATH 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 231MATH 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.


Student Teaching

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

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

Undergraduate Advising

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
(414) 229-4721

Graduate Advising

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. 

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 College Degree and Honors College Degree with Distinction

Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.

Commencement Honors

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. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).

Final Honors

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.