Math Teaching

About the math teaching major

As a mathematics education major, you'll learn the methods of educating students from grades 5 through 12. Students pursuing this degree complete all the classes required for a mathematics major, including applied mathematics, statistics, and pure mathematics, in addition to education courses.

Mathematicians use mathematical theory, computational techniques, algorithms, and the latest computer technology to solve economic, scientific, engineering, physics, and business problems. Students will graduate with all the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in middle schools or high schools after passing state exams (School of Education, 2019).

Skills and abilities this major develops: cultural competency, teaching, problem solving, and quantitative.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Abstract algebra
  • American culture and teaching
  • Calculus 1, 2, and 3
  • Discrete mathematics
  • Elementary linear algebra
  • Field experience
  • History of elementary mathematics
  • Ordinary differential equations

Possible careers

  • Actuary
  • Biostatistician
  • Education administrator*
  • Guidance counselor*
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Statistician

*These careers require additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Carmel Clay Schools
  • Citizens Energy Group
  • Indianapolis Public Schools
  • Nonprofits
  • Roche Diagnostics
  • Rolls-Royce

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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