Mathematics Education

Multiply Your Math Skills

Prepare young minds for math! As a mathematics teacher, you'll create enthusiasm for numbers and equations, guiding your students to solve problems. Your DWU experience will help you develop your own strategies for the classroom, while you work beside your peers and passionate professors.

Explore Mathematics Education

As you grow into your teaching education, you will work with your professors to further develop your passion for instruction.

What's the Difference? 

  • Attend classes, meetings and labs within a preK-5 elementary school located right on our campus. 
  • Learn from DWU’s amazing professors; our low student to teacher ratio provides valuable
    one-on-one time with your mentors.
  • Complete more than 300 hours of classroom experience.
  • Design your unique one-semester student teaching capstone. 

Math Education Courses

You will take a wide array of courses providing you with both the fundamentals of classroom teaching and the specific knowledge needed within your chosen specialty. Mathematics Education students takes classes like:

335 Secondary Mathematics Teaching Methods
2 Hours
This course covers the methods of teaching secondary and middle level mathematics. An emphasis will be placed on methods unique to teaching mathematics, along with technologies to use in the mathematics classroom. Prerequisite: EDU 201 and EDU 456 or Corequisite: EDU 456 or junior standing and consent of instructor.
MTH 210 Calculus I
5 Hours
This course is an introduction to differential and integral calculus. Students will learn to calculate the rates of change of functions including trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions and how to solve initial value and optimization problems. Students will learn the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and integration techniques. Prerequisite: MTH 135 or math placement.
MTH 325 Introduction to Probability Theory
3 Hours
This course is an introduction to probability, including basic combinatorics and set theory, independence, conditional probability, random variables, specific discrete and continuous probability distributions, jointly distributed random variables, expectation, moments and moment generating functions, and various limit theorems. Prerequisite: MTH 210 or consent of instructor.
MTH 250 Discrete Mathematics
3 Hours
This course introduces discrete methods of mathematical problem solving. Topics include set theory, sequences and mathematical induction, combinatorics, probability and graph theory. Prerequisite: MTH 210.
SPD 470 Student Teaching K-12 Special Education
14 Hours
Candidates will student teach for 70 school days under the supervision of a certified special education teacher. The student teacher will be assigned to an elementary placement for 35 days and secondary placement for 35 days. This course is part of the professional semester and is taken with a two-credit seminar, which is part of the 16 hours for degree candidates. Candidates also meet during the professional semester for seminar requirements. This course is offered credit/no credit only. The DWU Student Teacher Handbook and seminar syllabus serve as the course syllabus. Prerequisites: Completion of all coursework required for graduation, 2.6 GPA submission of passing scores on required Praxis tests, admission from the education department faculty and approval for student teaching placement.
EDU 412 Adolescent Learners' Needs
3 Hours
This course will help prepare candidates to teach at the middle grade level. The course will develop an understanding of the middle school concept and the instructional strategies that support that concept. Field experience at the middle level will be required. Prerequisite: EDU 201.
EDU 220 Technology for Teachers
1 Hours
This course provides a foundation for integrating technology into the classroom. A primary goal is the development of a mindset intent on exploring, identifying, engaging and applying current, emerging and future technologies in the teaching/learning process. Students enrolled in the course will consider the appropriate relationship of technology to standards and ethical issues. They will design and present technology-enhanced lessons and become skilled, confident users of digital and electronic resources.

Get to Know Your Professors

Become a teacher and learn from our fabulous teachers! Our low student-to-teacher ratio offers valuable one-on-one interaction with professors.

Ashley Digmann, Ed.D.

Education Department Chair

Joan Lubben, Ph.D

Professor of Mathematics

Michael Catalano, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics

Mike Farney, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, mathematics

Student Teaching

Don't worry about being on your own. Experience a full semester of student teaching before you graduate! You’ll complete at least 300 hours in the classroom in our program, so you'll start your career after college with confidence. Engage in classroom activities with local students and learn with your peers under faculty supervision.  

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