2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Mathematics (B.S.) - Teaching Specialization

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Program Contact/Coordinator

Kurt Cogswell, Department Head
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Chicoine Architecture, Mathematics and Engineering Hall 209

Program Information

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)

Academic Requirements

  • 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.

Requirements for Mathematics Major - Teaching Specialization: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

Summary of Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science

System General Education Requirements 32-33 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 47 Credit Hours
Teaching Specialization Requirements 34 Credit Hours
Supporting Coursework 3 Credit Hours
Electives** 3-4 Credit Hours

**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.

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