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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics, BS — Grades 7-12 Mathematics Education Concentration

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I. Introduction

The College of Science and Engineering is committed to the support of students seeking to become science, mathematics and technology educators at all levels. The Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (SMTE) program offers content courses for students seeking K-12 science, mathematics and technology education. SMTE classes are also an integral part of the course work for degrees preparing students for Teacher Certifications. The SMTE program does not offer a degree; rather, degrees leading to Teacher Certification are offered by other Science and Technology programs and by the College of Education. Students seeking to teach in the elementary and secondary schools of Texas must meet degree requirements as well as certification requirements. The requirements and procedure to become a science, mathematics or technology teacher in Texas are outlined below. Undergraduate students who are graduating from the College of Science & Engineering or the College of Liberal Arts who are seeking initial teacher certification at the 4-8, 7-12 and EC-12 levels prior to graduation, automatically qualify for the Minor in Education.

II. How to Become a Science, Mathematics or Technology Teacher in Texas

In order to be recommended for teacher certification at this university, a candidate must fulfill three basic requirements: (1) have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university that includes an academic major and teacher training courses, (2) complete teacher training through an approved program, and (3) successfully complete the appropriate teacher certification tests for the subject and grade level that the candidate wishes to teach. Additional information on the requirements to become a teacher in Texas can be obtained at the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) website: This website also provides information on the resources available to help students pay for a teacher training program.

SBEC has approved three levels of teacher certification for regular educators: (1) Early childhood to grade 6 which includes foundation subjects and enrichment areas such as art, PE, and music, (2) Grade 4-8 which includes the foundation areas only, and (3) Grade 8-12 certification. Students can find information on the different certifications at the official Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) Web site: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi offers several degrees leading to a number of these teacher certifications. The College of Education offers several degrees leading to teacher certification. The College of Science and Engineering offers bachelor’s degrees leading to teacher certification in the sciences, mathematics and technology at the 4-8 and the 8-12 levels:

Mathematics 7-12 teacher certification is also possible with an undergraduate major other than mathematics. Details can be found in the Mathematics, Grades 7-12 Teacher Certification Without a Mathematics Major  section.

The individual programs, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, and Mathematics offer these degrees and courses.

Students seeking Teacher Certification are also strongly urged to contact the Certification Officer in the College of Education about current requirements and procedures that must be met to obtain the certificate. In particular, students following a degree plan leading to teacher certification must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi PRIOR to enrolling in any 4000 level EDCI or EDUC courses. Application forms for admission to the teacher education program may be obtained from the Undergraduate or Certification Office, room FC 201. The students are referred to the College of Education section of this catalog for more information on the Teacher Education Program.

III. Grade Point Average for Admission to Teacher Education

A minimum grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 = A) in all work attempted, a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in all science, math, or specialization areas, and no grade below “C” in any science or mathematics course on a student’s degree plan and/or education courses within the professional block of courses are required. (See College of Education, “Admission to Teacher Education” and “Admission to Student Teaching” for other requirements.)

IV. Alteration of a Certification Plan

Any amendment to a degree plan originally filed must be approved by the student’s academic advisor, the Department Chair, the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, and the Certification Officer of the College of Education for the degree to be granted.

Degree Requirements

This plan is designed for those students who desire a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and a secondary teaching certificate in mathematics. The requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree are a minimum of 120 semester hours. Forty-two are designated University core curriculum courses; 38 are mathematics courses. All students must take the Major Field Test in Mathematics their senior year, prior to graduation.

General Requirements

  Sem. Hrs.
  1. Core Curriculum Program

First-Year Seminars (when applicable)*

  1. Mathematics Core
  2. Mathematics Electives
  3. Supporting Courses
  4. Psychology Course (hours counted in Core Curriculum Program)
  5. Professional Development and Reading Sequence
  6. Electives (as needed to fulfill University graduation requirements)




  Total 120

The following describes each of the components of the mathematics major in more detail.

A. University Core Curriculum and First-Year Seminars.

University Core Curriculum Programs 

As part of the core curriculum requirements students must take:



Only 3 hours of these courses will apply to the University Core Curriculum. The three 1 hour laboratory components apply to the Mathematics Core or Supporting Courses requirement.

Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:

Total: 42 (44)

Total: 33 (3 hours count in the Core Curriculum Program)


*May be waived with suitable placement; see placement section below for more details. Upper-division classes may be required to increase total hours to the university minimum. See the degree requirements section of the catalog for details.

†3 hours of MATH 2413  apply to the University Core Curriculum. The 1 hour laboratory component applies to the Mathematics major requirement.

C. Mathematics Electives

D. Supporting Courses

Supporting courses are chosen to provide a context in which to apply mathematics, to provide important career skills for the mathematician, and to motivate many of the important problems studied in mathematics.

Total: 10

E. Psychology

Total: (3; hours are counted in the Core Curriculum Program)

F. Professional Development and Reading Sequence

Students who seek a 8-12 level Mathematics teaching certificate should contact a Certification Officer in the College of Education about requirements and procedures that must be met to obtain the certificate. The professional development sequence must be taken in a specific order and it is recommended that students contact the College of Education early in their academic careers for specific details on these courses.

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