Students in Mathematics Education get a solid grounding in both Mathematics and in educational theory and practice. While the program is housed in the Department of Mathematics, it includes many courses in the College of Education, which provides an opportunity to interact with a variety of students and faculty members in both colleges. Most math classes for math majors are 40 students or less, and many upper-level classes have fewer than 25 students, which gives the opportunity to know other students and faculty well. The program includes early field experiences in middle and high school classrooms and concludes with a student-teaching internship. Students graduate with both a Bachelors of Science and a professional teaching license for secondary mathematics (grades 5-12). The Mathematics Education program is one of several specializations within Mathematics, including:
- Mathematics - Applied
- Mathematics - Business
- Mathematics - Computer Sciences
- Mathematics - Honors
- Mathematics - Teacher
- Mathematics - Statistics
Important note: When applying for any specialization within Mathematics, select "Mathematics" as your major. You will have the opportunity to specialize as you progress through the curriculum.
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Careers in Mathematics Education
Graduates in Mathematics Education typically begin a teaching career after graduation -- math teachers continue to be in high demand. Others continue on to graduate or professional school (law, business, medical schools) or work in related fields such as actuarial science, software engineering, or banking
Transfer to Mathematics Education
Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Additional Requirements: Completion of at least one semester of college-level calculus equivalent to MA 16100 or MA 16500 with a grade of C or higher.
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