Mathematics Education

What makes mathematics education exciting?

Have you always dreamed about becoming a teacher? Are you a creative problem solver? Do you think math + people = awesome? Then we want you! Mathematics education is exactly as it sounds –teaching others how to understand and use math. Learning how to effectively teach others is a valuable skill math educators use to positively influence lives.

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What's cool about studying mathematics education at BYU?

As a BYU undergrad, you will have access to top-notch facilities and equipment. Not only is our gear great, but our staff and faculty are as well. Professors and TAs will be available every step of the way to help guide you on your quest to become a math ed expert. In fact, BYU is one of the only universities that views Mathematics Education as its own department. This means that we have more professors available to give you individualized attention than other universities.

The relationships you build here through mentored teaching and unsurpassed undergrad research are valuable resources that will be helpful throughout your life. At BYU, you’ll approach mathematical science in a way that is both spiritually strengthening and intellectually enlarging. You’ll address real scientific questions in the light of the Gospel.

“I love the creativity and complexity involved in facilitating the learning of mathematics—in helping others learn and learn to love mathematics themselves ”

–Dr. Keith Leatham

Major and minor options

•   Major 

Math Education

•   Minor 

Math Education

For more information on required classes for these majors and minors, please see the current undergraduate catalog. You can declare one of these majors or minors by visiting the Advisement Center.

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What makes BYU math education undergrad research unique?

Students in the BYU Mathematics Education program will find themselves the beneficiaries of a truly unique experience. Our department values close, detailed mentoring of each student as an active member of the scholarly community—a community devoted to exploration and inquiry into the learning and teaching of mathematics. The faculty spans a broad range of interest and experience, and includes educational and mathematical researchers, specialists in both pre-service and in-service teacher education, and school practitioners.

“Research helped me know that I’m definitely in the right field.”

–Stacie Gibbons, math education student

Research areas

Undergraduate students can do research in four areas. Specific projects within these areas include incorporating reading into learning math, helping students to overcome obstacles by taking risks, and researching student teaching techniques that can raise the level of understanding in the classroom.

 • Advanced Mathematical Thinking

Students research how to teach mathematics from calculus onward. This includes higher level calculus classes, linear algebra, abstract algebra, complex and real analysis, differential equations, and many other areas of mathematics.

• Quantitative Methods

Students develop and use models and hypotheses to discover relationships among various educational measures. Students who participate in this type of research will learn about reliable and valid measuring methods, choosing the correct statistical models and test, and proper interpretation of results.

• Student Teaching Methods

Students research how to teach. Information on student teaching experiences help students to become better mathematics teachers.

• Task-based Learning

Students research how performing math based tasks helps students learn math. Task-Based Learning helps shed light on what makes a good task, how students can be supported as they work on it, and what the results are in terms of student learning.

What can I do with an undergraduate degree in mathematics education?

Math Education gives you the opportunity to be involved in the entire teaching process.  With an undergraduate degree in mathematics education, many job opportunities are open including:

•   Curriculum Developer

•   Educational Designer

•   High School Teacher

•   Inservice Trainer

•   Math Specialist

•   Middle School Teacher

How much money could I make?

With an undergraduate degree in mathematics education you could earn:

*Industry-wide estimate from: payscale.com/best-colleges/degrees.asp

What if I further my education past an undergraduate degree?

BYU’s bachelor of science degree program in math education is designed to prepare a student to teach math in middle, junior high, and high school classrooms. In addition, this program provides a strong preparation for advanced study in mathematics education. The master’s degree, for example, could lead to higher salaries in public schools, to community college teaching, or to a doctorate in mathematics education. Other opportunities could include working for publishing companies that produce text materials for schools, teaching in private schools, or taking on leadership positions within public school districts.

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