
Orly Buchbinder
Assistant Professor 
Karen J. Graham
Professor 
Sharon M. McCrone
Interim Assoc Dean Engineering 
Sheree T. Sharpe
Assistant Professor
Mathematics Education: Elementary/Middle School Option B.S.
Program Overview
What is the elementary/middle school option in mathematics education?
This program is tailored to students who want to teach mathematics at the elementary or middle school level. It provides a strong foundation in mathematics with current pedagogical approaches and insightful study of student learning. Mathematics education students have the advantage of working directly within the mathematics department and coordinating with the education department to obtain New Hampshire teacher certification.
Why study mathematics education at UNH?
You’ll work alongside accomplished mathematicians, statisticians, and educators who are professionally active. You’ll gain an understanding of higher level mathematics, the mathematics taught in elementary and middle school classrooms, and the process of teaching mathematics. You’ll have the opportunity to pursue an accelerated master’s degree leading to teacher certification in just five years. You’ll enjoy many small, specialized classes and a variety of fieldbased experiences. Our professors have won prestigious honors, including a Grammy Award and a MacArthur “genius” grant. This department has produced many winners of the prestigious Department of Defense SMART Scholarship.
Potential careers
 Curriculum supervisor/developer
 Educational software developer
 Mathematics education consultant
 Mathematics educator in government/research/academia
 Mathematics teacher
 Mathematics textbook writer/editor/publisher
Contact
Kingsbury Hall, W383
33 Academic Way
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 8622320
Curriculum & Requirements
This professional degree program prepares students for teaching mathematics at the elementary and/or middle school level. The program is coordinated with the education department's teacher certification programs. For the elementary option, full certification requires the fiveyear program. Students may complete the degree requirements for middle school option with full teacher certification in either four or five years.
Students electing the fouryear option leading to middle school certification must plan for one semester of student teaching (EDUC 694 Courses in Supervised Teaching) in their senior year; this requires careful planning with your program adviser to accommodate the scheduling of required MATH courses. Requirements for admission to student teaching include receiving credit for EDUC 500 and a minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA.
The fiveyear program for either option includes a yearlong teaching internship in the fifth year. The internship requires admission into a UNH Department of Education graduate program that leads to certification. See Education, College of Liberal Arts.
Graduation Requirements
In all courses used to satisfy the requirements for its major programs, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics requires that a student earn a grade of C or better and have an overall gradepoint average of at least 2.00 in these courses.
For teacher licensure a grade of B or better is required in all Education courses.
Code  Title  Credits 

Required MATH Courses  
MATH 425  Calculus I  4 
MATH 426  Calculus II  4 
MATH 445  Mathematics and Applications with MATLAB  4 
or CS 410  Introduction to Scientific Programming  
MATH 531  Mathematical Proof  4 
MATH 539  Introduction to Statistical Analysis  4 
MATH 545  Introduction to Linear Algebra  4 
or MATH 645  Linear Algebra for Applications  
MATH 621  Number Systems for Teachers  4 
MATH 622  Geometry for Teachers  4 
MATH 623  Probability and Statistics for Teachers  4 
MATH 625  Functions and Algebra for Teachers  4 
MATH 700  Introduction to Mathematics Education  4 
MATH 708  Teaching Mathematics in Grades K8  4 
MATH 760  Geometry  4 
MATH 790  Historical Foundations of Mathematics  4 
Capstone  4  
MATH 797  Senior Seminar  
or MATH 799  Senior Thesis  
Other Required Courses  
PHYS 406  Introduction to Modern Astronomy  4 
EDUC 500  Exploring Teaching  4 
EDUC 700  Educational Structure and Change  4 
EDUC 701  Human Development and Learning: Educational Psychology  4 
EDUC 705  Contemporary Educational Perspectives  4 
Total Credits  80 
Note: EDUC 703F Teaching Elementary School Science, EDUC 703M Teaching Elementary Social Studies, EDUC 706 Introduction to Reading in the Elementary School, and EDUC 751A Educating Exceptional Learners: Elementary are requirements for certification and may be taken as an undergraduate.
EDUC 751A Educating Exceptional Learners: Elementary or EDUC 751B Educating Exceptional Learners: Secondary are required for middle school certification (grades 5  8 only) and may be taken as an undergraduate.