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Secondary Education, BSE - Mathematics

Secondary Education, Bachelor of Science - Mathematics

Make a lasting difference in the lives of countless students by becoming a math teacher. New teachers with a Secondary Education BSE in Mathematics from the University of Central Missouri enjoy a 100% employment rate after graduation. A fulfilling career coaching young minds is within reach.

During your time in UCM’s high school Math Teacher degree program, you’ll deepen your understanding of the content area while learning to engage with, evaluate and lead a classroom. Learn how to ignite your students’ curiosity using proven pedagogical techniques and how to make them feel welcome in your classroom and in the field of mathematics.

While you work toward your Math Teacher degree at UCM, you’ll be supported by an inclusive, close-knit community and prepared to share those positive values with your own students in time. You’ll also be equipped to do more than teach your students math. You can help shape them into strong, confident thinkers ready for the road ahead.

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NCTM-accredited degree program

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Graduate with 100+ teaching hours

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Excellent education, affordable tuition

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Outstanding job opportunities


What you will study

Earn your Math Teacher degree by demonstrating mastery of mathematical concepts and applications, mathematics teaching best practices and curriculum standards. With UCM’s accredited degree program, you’ll learn how to craft classroom experiences that build math fluency and positivity for your students. 

Secondary education presents some unique opportunities — and sometimes challenges — related to teaching teens. Your high school Math Teacher degree will include in-depth learning about adolescent development and behavior. You’ll be able to meet your students where they are, finding ways to bring them joyful connections to mathematics at any stage of growth.

What you study now will impact what you can impart to your own students later. Become the kind of teacher they’ll always remember by leveraging UCM coursework such as:

  • Introduction to English Language Learners and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
  • Computer Programming
  • The Scientific, Historical and Sociological Impact of Mathematics
  • Child and Adolescent Psychological Development


Excellence in Secondary Education

  • Accredited by: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
  • #1: Most Focused Colleges for Mathematics Education in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 10%: Most Focused College for Mathematics Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Among the Most Focused Colleges for Secondary Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 3%: Most Popular Colleges for Mathematics Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 4.5%: Most Popular Colleges for Secondary Education (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in teaching mathematics

The University of Central Missouri’s BSE in Mathematics program emphasizes experiential learning. You’ll have many opportunities throughout the course of your high school Math Teacher degree to put your developing skills into practice. 

The field experiences that anchor our Math Teacher degree program prepare you to confidently manage your own classroom. You’ll also meet local teachers and school administrators, building a network that will support you well beyond your college years. 

  • Real classroom experience: Practice what you learn at UCM with school placements during your sophomore, junior and senior years. By your final semester, you’ll have more than 100 hours of experience in public school classrooms before you start full-day student teaching.
  • A community of engaged learners: Join the Central Missouri Mathematics Educators (CMME), a vibrant student organization for future teachers. Gain insight into trends in teacher education during monthly discussions with local teachers, administrators, UCM faculty and program alumni.
  • Learn from leaders in the discipline: UCM undergraduate students studying for a high school Math Teacher degree are regularly invited to state and national conferences on mathematics education.


What can you do with a Mathematics BSE from UCM?

The University of Central Missouri’s Secondary Education programs draw future teachers interested in lifelong learning and helping to shape young people’s future. 

Your high school Math Teacher degree will prepare you for a successful career as an educator. Over recent years, 100% of our graduates seeking jobs within Missouri have been hired immediately after completing their Math Teacher degree. Thanks to our excellent reputation for preparing teachers committed to lifelong careers, we are often approached by local schools looking for job candidates even before graduation. 

Your UCM Math Teacher degree is also an ideal stepping-stone to graduate study if you’re interested in teaching higher-level mathematics to high school or college students.

Learn more about high school math teacher jobs

Use the interactive tool below to learn more about employment trends for graduates with a high school Math Teacher degree.




Financial assistance options for your high school Math Teacher degree

The University of Central Missouri is committed to keeping costs low and educational standards high. In fact, 92% of our undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid. With tuition rates among the lowest in the state and a clear path to steady employment, your high school Math Teacher degree at UCM represents tremendous value.

Explore all the scholarships you may be eligible for by using the UCM Scholarship Finder, including these funds dedicated to students pursuing a Math Teacher degree:

  • Dr. Larry Dilley Scholarship in Mathematics Education
  • Irvin and Mae Leach Mathematics Education Scholarship


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Explore programs related to teaching mathematics.

If you’re passionate about mathematics and want to pursue jobs outside of education, consider these other undergraduate programs at the University of Central Missouri: 


Student Learning Outcomes

You will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the BSE in Secondary Education, Mathematics program to:

  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of major mathematical concepts, algorithms, procedures, connections, and applications within and among mathematical domains.
  • Demonstrate the mathematical practices of problem solving, reasoning and proof, modeling, attending to precision, identifying elements of structure, generalizing, communicating, and making connections.
  • Apply knowledge of curriculum standards for mathematics and their relationship to student learning within and across mathematical domains.
  • Exhibit in-depth knowledge of adolescent development and behavior and use this knowledge to plan and create sequential learning opportunities grounded in mathematics education research.
  • Provide instruction that supports the continual development of a productive disposition toward mathematics, conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, strategic competence, and application of major mathematics concepts.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and recognize that learning is often collaborative.
  • Demonstrate a broad experiential base of knowledge, skills, effective approaches to mathematics teaching and learning and professional behaviors.



UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri


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



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