Kurt Cogswell, Department Head
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Chicoine Architecture, Mathematics and Engineering Hall 209
Secondary school mathematics educators need to be mathematicians as well as skilled educators, so the Mathematics Education Specialists take the same challenging core upper level mathematics courses as those math majors pursuing other professional goals. In addition to this rigorous mathematics curriculum, Mathematics Education Specialists take the full block of education courses. This program allows graduates to find meaningful careers in secondary education, as well as preparing students for graduate study.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Mathematics major with teaching specialization, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate competence in all core areas of undergraduate mathematics. (Cross-curricular Skill: Inquiry and Analysis; Critical and Creative Thinking, Problem Solving)
- Develop a career as a mathematics educator.
- Use contemporary mathematical and presentation software and technology. (Cross-curricular Skill: Information Literacy)
- Apply pedagogical knowledge to allow them to grow as a teacher. (Cross-curricular Skill: Integrative Learning, Diversity, Inclusion and Equity)
- Communicate clearly and succinctly in writing in the discipline. (Cross-curricular Skill: Inquiry and Analysis)
- Articulate complex ideas to an audience. (Cross-curricular Skill: Inquiry and Analysis)
- A grade of “C” or above is required in all Math courses.
- A grade of “C” or better is required in SPCM 101 , ENGL 101 , PSYC 101 , and MATH 103 or higher (if these courses are in your plan of study), and all courses for the major (classes with department/program prefix).
- An overall GPA of 2.5 is required to enroll in any education courses.
Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
South Dakota Department of Education
Certification and Licensure
- Completion of an approved bachelor’s Secondary preparation program.
- Completion of an approved Indian Studies course.
- Pass the state designated content knowledge test or 2.7 GPA in content major coursework.
- Pass the state designated pedagogy test.
- Completion of a Suicide Awareness and Prevention training, available free online through the South Dakota Department of Education.
- Apply online with the South Dakota Department of Education.
- Written recommendation from institution of higher education (SDSU) verifying program completion.
Course Delivery Format
Program courses are delivered on campus, in classroom and laboratory settings, and online.