Do more than teach. Show students how to grow their skills and their knowledge.

Math is a subject that students can try and fail and try again until they discover the solution. That type of growth mindset is important for more than just their future ability to understand math. The Bachelor of Science in Education – Mathematics prepares you for a career in education with a Missouri mathematics teaching certificate.  

What You’ll Do 

As a mathematics education major, you’ll focus on meaningful applications of math as a strong part of our program. You’ll also have the opportunity to: 

  • Work closely with highly qualified, award-winning mathematics education faculty in a technology rich environment.  
  • Prepare for professional examinations for entrance to and exit from the College of Education.  
  • Attend conferences as participants or presenters.  
  • Develop the professional skills needed to become a successful teacher and/or advanced study in graduate and professional programs.  
  • Gain valuable classroom experience through student teaching. 

What Can You Do with a Mathematics Education Degree?

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time. 

Internship and Employment Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • Junior high and high schools, public and private, throughout the state.

Mathematics Education (BSED) Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree.

Outcomes & Careers

  • $90k  

    Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the mean annual salary for a mathematical science teachers is $90,110.

  • $68k  

    Elementary School Teacher

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the mean annual salary for an Elementary School Teacher is $68,000. 

  • $67k  

    Middle School Teachers

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the mean annual salary for a middle school teacher is $67,790. 

What You'll Study

Degree Map

In the Mathematics Education program, you’ll leave with the knowledge and certificates to start your career. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

“Critical Courses” are italicized and bold. Datashows that students who have completed these courses in the first two years and have earned the noted grades are most likely to complete this program of study.

Education Courses - 47 Hours Required

A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in education courses, with the exception of ED280 which requires a grade of ‘B’ or better.

  • ED280 Introduction to Education as a Profession (3)
  • EF400 Seminar in Educational Issues (1)
  • EX390 Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child (3)
  • PY222 Development of the Adolescent (3)
  • SE307 Content Literacy Methods for Middle and High School (3)
  • SE311 Techniques of Teaching High School Mathematics (3)
  • SE350 Pedagogy 1: Principles of Effective Teaching (3)
  • SE355 Field Experience II (3)
  • SE365 Pedagogy 2: Secondary School (4)
  • SE380 Advance Field Experience (3)
  • SE385 Pedagogy 3: Advanced Methods Middle & Secondary Teaching (3)
  • SE390 Instructional Interventions for Middle and High School Students with Special
    Literacy Needs (3)
  • SE465 Student Teaching (12)

Mathematics Education Courses – 43 Hours Required – No minor required

  • MA140 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I (5)
  • MA145 Analytic Geometry & Calculus II (4)
  • MA160 Introduction to Mathematical Ideas (3)
  • MA250 Foundations of Mathematics (3)
  • MA328 Middle and Secondary Mathematics from an Advanced Perspective (3)
  • MA334 Mathematical Programming (3)
  • MA340 Concepts of Geometry (3)
  • MA345 Linear Algebra (3)
  • MA443 Elementary Number Theory (3)
  • MA445 Modern Algebra (3)
  • MA449 Mathematical Problem Solving (3)
Choose 3 hours:
  • MA223 Elementary Probability & Statistics (3)
  • MA523 Probability & Statistics I (3)

To be eligible for enrollment in the majority of courses offered by the Teacher Preparation Program
and required for a teaching degree (BSE, BSFCSE, BME), students must be admitted to the Teacher
Preparation Program (TPP). Students should apply for admission to the TPP upon having met the following entrance criteria:

  • 42 hours of coursework completed;
  • One of the following:
    • Composite/Superscore of 20 or higher on the ACT exam
    • Composite score of 1040 or higher on the SAT exam
    • Passing score on the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA)*
    • Have a previous 4-year degree from an accredited college/university
  • The following course requirements met:
    • A minimum grade of 'C' in CF/PY120 The Child (Elementary, Early, and Exceptional) or PY222 Development of the Adolescent (Middle and Secondary)
    • A minimum grade of 'B' in ED280 Introduction to Education as a Profession or ME222 Principles of Teaching Music.
  • International Students must also meet the following requirements:
    • C1 (CEFR) level
    • IELTS minimum score of 7.0 or TOEFL minimum score of 95
    • Note: This policy is for non-United States citizens who are not native English
      speakers. Students from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New
      Zealand are exempt from English proficiency verification

*Students already admitted to the University should take the MoGEA instead of re-taking the

Special Options with Secondary Education  

Southeast offers a Master of Arts in Secondary Education: Educational Studies or Educational Technology. 

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 3 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • US History Requirement - 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)

Freshman Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)     
  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3)  
  • MA140 (5) 
  • MA160 (3)
  • General Education (3) 
Spring Semester (13 Hours)      
  • MA145 (4) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: Maintain 2.75 cumulative GPA, Complete MEP

Sophomore Year    

Fall Semester (16 Hours)  
  • ED280 (3) 
  • MA250 (3) 
  • PY222 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3)
Spring Semester (18 Hours)    
  • MA328 (3)
  • MA345 (3) 
  • MA443 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: Maintain 2.75 cumulative GPA, Passing score MoGEA

Junior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)    
  • EX390 (3)
  • MA223/MA523 (3)  
  • MA445 (3) 
  • SE350 (3) 
  • General Education (3)
Spring Semester (16 Hours)     
  • MA334 (3) 
  • MA340 (3)
  • SE307 (3) 
  • SE355 (3) 
  • SE365 (4) 

Senior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)     
  • MA449 (3) 
  • SE311(3) 
  • SE380 (3) 
  • SE385 (3)
  • SE390 (3)
Spring Semester (13 Hours)  
  • ED400 (1)
  • SE465 (12) 

Milestone: Passing score Mo Content Exam, MoPTA, 2.75 cumulative GPA, 3.0 GPA in Education and content courses

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.


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Out of State Certification

Completion of this program allows you to be eligible to apply for an education certification in the state of Missouri through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). It is not certain if it leads to certification in other states. The U.S. Department of Education has contact information available for each state's licensure agencies.

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