
Orly Buchbinder
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Mathematics Education: Elementary/Middle School Option (B.S.)
Mathematics Education: Elementary/Middle School Option (B.S.)
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
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 694C Supervised Teaching/Mathematics) 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.
First Year  

Fall  Credits  
MATH 425  Calculus I  4 
PHYS 406  Introduction to Modern Astronomy  4 
Discovery Course  4  
Discovery Course  4  
MATH 400  Freshman Seminar  1 
Credits  17  
Spring  
MATH 426  Calculus II  4 
MATH 445 or CS 401 
Mathematics and Applications with MATLAB or Computers and Their Applications 
4 
ENGL 401  FirstYear Writing  4 
Inquiry Course  4  
Credits  16  
Second Year  
Fall  
MATH 539  Introduction to Statistical Analysis  4 
MATH 621  Number Systems for Teachers  4 
Discovery Course  4  
EDUC 500  Exploring Teaching  4 
Credits  16  
Spring  
MATH 531  Mathematical Proof  4 
MATH 545  Introduction to Linear Algebra  4 
MATH 622  Geometry for Teachers  4 
Discovery Course  4  
Credits  16  
Third Year  
Fall  
MATH 623  Probability and Statistics for Teachers  4 
MATH 700  Introduction to Mathematics Education  4 
MATH 760  Geometry  4 
Discovery Course  4  
Credits  16  
Spring  
MATH 625  Functions and Algebra for Teachers  4 
MATH 790  Historical Foundations of Mathematics  4 
MATH 703 or MATH 709 
Teaching of Mathematics in Grades K5 or Teaching of Mathematics in Grades 612 
4 
Discovery Course  4  
Credits  16  
Fourth Year  
Fall  
MATH 797  Senior Seminar  4 
Elective Course  4  
Elective Course  4  
EDUC 605  Educational Perspectives in Critical Times  4 
Credits  16  
Spring  
EDUC 701  Human Development & Learning: Cultural Perspectives  4 
Discovery Course  4  
Elective Course  4  
Elective Course  3  
Credits  15  
Total Credits  128 
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 410P  Introduction to Scientific Programming/Python  
or CS 410C  Introduction to Scientific Programming/C  
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 703  Teaching of Mathematics in Grades K5  4 
or MATH 709  Teaching of Mathematics in Grades 612  
MATH 760  Geometry  4 
MATH 790  Historical Foundations of Mathematics  4 
Capstone: Select one of the following  
MATH 797  Senior Seminar  4 
MATH 799  Senior Thesis  2 or 4 
Other Required Courses  
PHYS 406  Introduction to Modern Astronomy  4 
EDUC 500  Exploring Teaching  4 
EDUC 605  Educational Perspectives in Critical Times  4 
EDUC 701  Human Development & Learning: Cultural Perspectives  4 
Total Credits  7880 
Note: EDUC 703F Teaching Elementary School Science, EDUC 703M Teaching Elementary Social Studies, EDUC 706 Teaching & Learning Literacy in the Elementary Classroom, and EDUC 751A Inclusive Elementary Education: Literacies and Learning for Diverse Learners are requirements for K6 or K8 certification.
EDUC 706 Teaching & Learning Literacy in the Elementary Classroom must be completed prior to the Internship (EDUC 900A Internship and Seminar in Teaching and EDUC 901A Internship and Seminar in Teaching).
Mathematics Concepts, Practices, and Curriculum. Wellprepared beginning teachers of mathematics:
 Demonstrate robust knowledge of mathematical and statistical concepts that underlie what they encounter in teaching of K8 or secondary mathematics.
 Engage in appropriate mathematical and statistical practices, and use technological tools to solve mathematical problems, and incorporate educational technology in their teaching.
 Analyze and interpret mathematical curricula, assessments, and standards documents.
 Analyze and interpret students’ mathematical work.
Pedagogical Knowledge and Practices for Teaching Mathematics. Wellprepared beginning teachers of mathematics:
 Demonstrate strong foundations of pedagogical knowledge, and effective and equitable mathematics teaching practices.
 Construct instructional explanations, develop tasks, lesson plans and unit plans, that advance students’ mathematical understanding.
 Recognize common patterns of student thinking related to particular mathematical topics, and articulate ways of supporting students’ mathematical thinking.
Productive dispositions. Wellprepared beginning teachers:
 Demonstrate positive and productive dispositions toward mathematics as a discipline, towards students as learners of mathematics and towards teaching mathematics in ways that support students’ sense making, understanding, and reasoning.