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Mathematics Minor (BSE)

Learn how to teach mathematical concepts and theories at the middle school and junior high school levels in the University of Central Missouri’s Mathematics minor for BSE majors. Our program is accredited by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and is designed to supplement one of our Bachelor of Science in Education programs. 

Through undergraduate courses focused on foundational mathematics as well as teaching strategies and methods, you’ll build your skills in leadership, course instruction, student engagement and more to help you succeed in the classroom.

Experienced faculty mentors

Take classes from experienced faculty who are experts in both mathematics and instruction methodology. In addition to teaching courses, they’ll act as professional advisors who can help you on your path to becoming a mathematics educator.

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NCTM-accredited program

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15:1 departmental student-to-faculty ratio

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100% departmental job placement rate

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#1: Most Focused Math Ed College in MO

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Top 3%: Most Popular Math Ed College

What you will study

The courses you’ll take as part of the University of Central Missouri’s Mathematics minor for BSE majors provide you with foundational knowledge about the building blocks of mathematical branches such as algebra, geometry and calculus. Once you’ve mastered this vital context, you’ll understand important mathematical areas at the level necessary to teach them to middle school and junior high school students.

In addition to mathematical concepts, you’ll learn strategies and methods for how best to teach math to others in classes such as:

  • Concepts and Methods in Middle School Mathematics
  • Probability and Statistics for Middle/High School Mathematics
  • Strategies in Teaching Middle School Mathematics
  • Teaching and Learning Numbers and Operations


Excellence in Mathematics

  • Accredited by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
  • Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • #1: Most Focused Colleges for Mathematics Education in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 10%: Most Focused Colleges for Mathematics Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 15%: Most Focused Colleges for Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 3%: Most Popular Colleges for Mathematics Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 6%: Most Popular Colleges for Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Most Popular College for Teacher Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 10%: Best Value in Education (College Factual, 2021)


Unique learning opportunities in mathematics education

The University of Central Missouri provides you with exciting opportunities to learn and grow outside the classroom, which can help you understand how to engage your own students in the future:

  • Classroom fieldwork: Practice what you’re learning as a student-teacher in schools near Warrensburg. Starting your sophomore year, you’ll be placed in real classrooms to observe how they’re managed and refine your teaching skills. 
  • Student clubs: Join clubs and organizations on and off campus focused on mathematics and education. In the Central Missouri Mathematics Educators club, hear from active mathematics teachers, administrators and alumni about what it’s like to work and succeed in the field. You may also want to explore the Student Missouri State Teachers Association, Collegiate Middle Level Association, Kappa Delta Phi and Phi Kappa Phi.


What can you do with a minor in Mathematics for BSE from UCM?

As an educator who specializes in mathematics, you’ll be prepared to teach this content area to middle school and junior high school students. 

Teachers — especially mathematics teachers — are in short supply, both locally and nationally. Given this high demand and your NCTM-accredited mathematics education from the University of Central Missouri, you’ll be entering a field waiting for graduates just like you — and ready to make a difference in the lives of students.

If you don’t intend to go right into teaching, you’ll also be prepared to enter an education master’s program to prepare for a career in school administration.

Job options for mathematics educators

Use the interactive tool below to learn about careers related to mathematics education. Explore job growth rates, salary potential and more.




Financial assistance options for your Mathematics for BSE minor

The University of Central Missouri is well-known and respected for providing students like you with a high-value, affordable education. In addition to our competitive tuition, we offer a number of ways to help you finance your education, including scholarships, grants, assistantships, loans and access to federal financial aid options.

The UCM Alumni Association also offers scholarships, grants and awards to students in certain programs. You may be eligible for further aid, including:

  • Dr. Cynthia Ramey Scholarship in Mathematics
  • Dr. Larry Dilley Scholarship in Mathematics Education
  • Edward Davenport Memorial Scholarship
  • Homer & Marilyn Hampton Scholarship in Mathematics Education
  • Irvin and Mae Leach Mathematics Education Scholarship
  • Leroy and Doris McLaughlin Scholarship
  • Luroff H. Williams Mathematics Scholarship
  • Yvonne Leach Skouby Scholarship in Mathematics

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



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Explore programs related to mathematics.

If you’re interested in adding further study in mathematics to your bachelor’s degree but don’t plan on going into teaching, you may want to explore the following relevant minor at UCM:


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