Preparation for a career in teaching mathematics

Math on a whiteboard The curriculum for the Mathematics BS represents a standard mathematics degree; however, the courses offered also reflect the recommendations put forth by the Mathematical Association of America’s (MAA) CUPM Curriculum Guide 2004 (reference is Mathematical Association of America (2004). Undergraduate Programs and Courses in the Mathematical Sciences: CUPM Curriculum Guide 2004. Ret May 2011) for majors preparing to be secondary mathematics teachers. According to MAA, mathematical sciences majors preparing to teach secondary mathematics should:

  • Learn to make appropriate connections between the advanced mathematics they are learning and the secondary mathematics they will be teaching. They should be helped to reach this understanding in courses throughout the curriculum and through a senior-level experience that makes these connections explicit.
  • Fulfill the requirements for a mathematics major by including topics from abstract algebra and number theory, analysis (advanced calculus or real analysis), discrete mathematics, geometry, and statistics and probability with an emphasis on data analysis;
  • Learn about the history of mathematics and its applications, including recent work;
  • Experience many forms of mathematical modeling and a variety of technological tools, including graphing calculators and geometry software.

Students preparing to become secondary mathematics teachers may enroll in UW Bothell's Secondary and Middle Level Teacher Certification M.Ed. with Math Endorsement. Please note that the course requirements to obtain the Math Endorsement are different from the general requirements for the Mathematics BS. Follow the link above or contact the School of Education ( for more details.


Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
University of Washington Bothell Mathematics Secondary Education Endorsement