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Middle School-Junior High School, BSE - Math Concentration

Middle School-Junior High School Math Teacher Degree

Learning to solve problems in middle school or junior high math class is more than just that. At a time when math — and life — grows more challenging for children, the critical thinking skills taught by math teachers take on greater meaning. 

Help today’s students get the most out of your classroom when you complete a Middle School-Junior High School Math Teacher degree from the University of Central Missouri. Let this UCM Bachelor of Science in Education degree set you and your students up for success.
A degree specific to middle school and junior high math teachers

You have choices when it comes to math teacher programs, but there are many reasons to choose UCM. We offer the state’s largest standalone middle-level education program and are accredited for mathematics education to set us apart and help you secure and excel at your first job and career. Receive expert career preparation when you complete a Middle School-Junior High School Math Teacher degree at UCM.

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Be confident in our 99% placement rate

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Earn an accredited Math Teacher degree

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Learn from experienced faculty

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Get over 100 hours of field experience

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Join many education student associations

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Enjoy our association for math teachers

What you will study

As you prepare to become a math teacher, you’ll begin with in-person classes on our Warrensburg campus. UCM faculty, who all have experience leading middle or junior high classrooms, will provide strategies for educating and engaging students in grades 5 through 9. As you move to a combination of coursework and classroom teaching experience in your sophomore year, they’ll guide you in your professional development and journey to become a competent, caring educator. 

A Math Teacher degree that adds up

As part of your Middle-Junior High School Math Teacher degree, you’ll complete 24 hours of coursework covering all aspects of math. This includes basic algebra, calculus and geometry. 

Prior to your final semester, you’ll take a required course, Strategies in Teaching Middle School Mathematics, which will tie together all you’ve learned in the classroom and the field.


Excellence in Mathematics Education

  • Nationally recognized by the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE) and accredited by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. These demonstrate our commitment to training the best math teachers for middle-level education.
  • #1: Most Focused College for Mathematics Education in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Best Value College for Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Best Value Bachelor's Degree College for Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 10%: Most Focused Colleges for Mathematics Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Most Focused Colleges for Secondary Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 5%: Most Popular Bachelor's Degree Colleges for Secondary Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 4.5%: Most Popular Colleges for Secondary Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 3%: Most Popular Colleges for Mathematics Education (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in UCM’s Math Teacher degree program

At the University of Central Missouri, we know our future math teachers benefit from hands-on learning experiences. That’s why we plan for much of your coursework to take place in an actual middle school or junior high classroom. In fact, you’ll spend over 100 hours in the field to help you gain confidence in leading your own classroom.

Student organizations for Math Teacher degree students and others

Your performance in the classroom may earn you an invitation to join the Kappa Delta Pi or Phi Kappa Phi honor societies for education. You may also choose to join one of the following student organizations for networking, education and fun with all middle school-junior high program students:

  • Student Missouri State Teachers Association
  • Collegiate Middle Level Association
  • Central Missouri Mathematics Educators


What can you do with a degree for Middle School Math Teachers from UCM?

You can be confident that our Math Teacher degree program prepares you for the workforce. In fact, 99% of all education grads, including math teachers, have received job offers upon graduation.

UCM is recognized among math teacher programs for the quality of our middle-level education. Because our faculty take a vested interest in our students, school districts know that when they hire a UCM graduate with a Middle School-Junior High Math Teacher degree, they have someone ready — on day one — to tackle all the challenges of teaching math to junior high school students head on.

Your opportunities with a UCM Math Teacher degree

As your advisors and advocates, UCM faculty will help you uncover and understand your career opportunities with a Middle School-Junior High School Math Teacher degree. You can also use the interactive tool below for career-related information to start planning now.




Financial assistance options for your Math Teacher degree

An investment in your Math Teacher degree is an investment in your future. While UCM’s Math Teacher programs offer competitive tuition rates, you may still need assistance with financing your education. The University of Central Missouri can help with information on grants, loans and work study.

Scholarships for future math teachers

These funding opportunities are available for students in our Math Teacher programs:

  • Dr. Larry and Deloris Johnson Scholarship: Available to a sophomore or junior pursuing an elementary or middle school Math Teacher degree
  • Mary Anne Kennedy Math Scholarship for Upperclassmen: Offered to a sophomore, junior or senior pursuing a Math Teacher degree with the intent to be a math teacher

You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Take your degree further.

Enhance your value to employers and expand your career opportunities with one of these UCM master’s degrees:

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Make yourself more marketable.

Couple your Education major with a minor that extends your capabilities in the classroom:

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UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri


This program has been nationally recognized by the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE)


The Mathematics Education program at UCM is accredited by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics



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