Traditional Mathematics with Licensure

The Traditional Mathematics Concentration with Licensure prepares students to complete a license to teach mathematics at secondary schools in Virginia in four years. This requires courses in both mathematics and also professional education (including the minor in Education), and it also includes some extracurricular requirements to be admitted to the Teacher Education Program in the College of Education and Human Development. 

The Traditional Mathematics Concentration of the major in Mathematics covers the R area of the REAL Curriculum:  

  • MATH 142 -- Discrete Mathematics
  • One of:
    • MATH 171 -- Calculus and Analytical Geometry I *
    • MATH 168:169 -- Calculus I with Integrated Precalculus I:II*
  • MATH 172 -- Calculus and Analytical Geometry II *
  • MATH 235 -- Foundations of Geometry
  • MATH 271 -- Calculus and Analytical Geometry III *
  • MATH 260 -- Introductory Linear Algebra
  • MATH 300 -- Mathematical Foundations
  • MATH 321 -- History of Mathematics**
  • MATH 335 -- Foundations of Geometry**
  • MATH 412 -- Theory of Numbers**
  • MATH 423 -- Concepts of Abstract Algebra
  • MATH 430 -- Advanced Calculus I
  • MATH 431 -- Advanced Calculus II
  • STAT 301 -- Probability and Statistics I
  • One of
    • ITEC 109 -- Problem Solving and Programming
    • ITEC 120 -- Principles of Computer Science I

The above classes must be completed by the end of the junior year in order to graduate in four years.

*--A grade of C or better is required in each of the courses in the calculus sequence.
**--The Traditional Mathematics Concentration requires 9 credits of electives chosen from 300- or 400-level MATH or STAT courses, but the teaching licensure requires these electives to be MATH 321, 335, and 412. 

Students must also complete the minor in Education, which covers the A and L areas of the REAL Curriculum:
  • EDUC 200 -- Exploring Education 
  • EDEF 300 -- Human Development and Learning: Birth through Adolescence
  • EDEF 320 -- Introduction to Professional Education
  • EDUC 370 -- Introduction to Multicultural Education
  • One of
    • EDSP 361 -- Introduction to Students with Diverse Learning Needs and the Special Education Process
    • EDSP 404 -- Introduction to Special Education for Grades 6-12
  • One of
    • EDET 445 -- Integration of Educational Technology
    • EDET 454 -- Educational Technology for Diverse Populations

Students must also be admitted to the Teacher Education Program by the end of the junior year and then take following classes in the senior year:

  • Fall semester
    • EDUC 447 -- Early Field Experiences in Teaching Mathematics Grades 6-12
    • EDUC 457 -- Methods for Mathematics Instruction Grades 6-12***
    • EDUC 462 -- Classroom Management for Grades 6-12
    • EDRD 416 -- Content and Disciplinary Literacy Instruction 
  • Spring semester
    • EDUC 403 -- Assessment of Student Learning Grades 6-12***
    • EDUC 467 -- Student Teaching in Mathematics Grades 6-12

    The fall semester includes 12 hours per week of observation in middle and high schools in the Radford City and Montgomery County public school system. Students may also request placement in Carroll County, Roanoke County, or Roanoke City schools. In the spring semester, student teaching is typically done in the Radford City or Montgomery County public school system unless otherwise requested. Students will typically not be placed in the school systems from which they graduated.

    ***--These courses complete the Writing Intensive requirement of the REAL Curriculum.