Mathematics: Mathematics Teaching, BSLAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Mathematics, Mathematics Teaching Concentration


department website: https://math.illinois.edu/

department faculty: Mathematics Faculty


overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

college website: https://las.illinois.edu/


email: mathadvising@illinois.edu


Mathematics is a broad discipline that contains a range of areas of specialization within it. The required core courses provide fundamental background for mathematics in general. The concentrations allow the student to broaden this background or begin to specialize. Students must complete the core courses and a concentration.

An entering student in mathematics should have academic preparation to enroll in MATH 220 during the first semester. Admission to MATH 220 requires an acceptable ALEKS score. A student should attain grades of B in calculus in order to complete the advanced courses successfully.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Mathematics, Mathematics Teaching Concentration


This concentration fulfills state certification requirements to teach high school math (grades 9-12) through the AP/honors level.

Time to degree completion varies. Minimum time to completion is 8 semesters, with some students requiring 10 semesters. Transfer students may need 10 total semesters combined to complete the program. Please see the LAS section in the transfer handbook for more information. 

To remain in good standing in this program and be recommended for certification, candidates are required to maintain UIUC, cumulative, content area, and professional education grade-point averages of 2.5 (A= 4.0). Candidates should consult their adviser or the Council on Teacher Education for the list of courses used to compute these grade-point averages.

Departmental distinction: Distinction will be awarded on the basis of selection of 400-level courses in mathematics and the grade point average. Graduation with High Distinction or Highest Distinction in Mathematics requires participation in the Program for Distinction in Mathematics or Mathematics Education.  Full details are available at the departmental website.


General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.


Minimum required major and supporting course work: Normally equates to 80-84 hours including 27-29 hours of mathematics beyond calculus, 3-4 hours of computer science, and 39 hours for the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching.

Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level in the major must be taken on this campus.


Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.

Students in this concentration must complete the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching (39 hours).

Foundation Courses
The following courses must be completed or in progress when students apply to the Secondary Education minor.
MATH 220Calculus4-5
or MATH 221 Calculus I
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III 14
Three advanced mathematics courses, including
MATH 347Fundamental Mathematics3-4
or MATH 348 Fundamental Mathematics-ACP
Required Core Courses
MATH 416Abstract Linear Algebra 23
MATH 417Intro to Abstract Algebra3
or MATH 427 Honors Abstract Algebra
MATH 424Honors Real Analysis 33
or MATH 444 Elementary Real Analysis
or MATH 447 Real Variables
MATH 461Probability Theory 43-4
or STAT 400 Statistics and Probability I
CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci3-4
or CS 125 Intro to Computer Science
Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching39
Mathematics Teaching Courses
MATH 402Non Euclidean Geometry3
or MATH 403 Euclidean Geometry
MATH 453Elementary Theory of Numbers3
Two additional 400- or 500-level mathematics courses6
Total Hours80-84

Requirements for the Teacher Education in Secondary School Teaching Minor

Professional Education Required Courses
EDUC 201Identity and Difference in Education 13
EDUC 202Social Justice, School and Society 13
CI 401Introductory Teaching in a Diverse Society3
CI 403Teaching a Diverse High School Student Population3
CI 404Teaching and Assessing Secondary School Students3
CI 473Disciplinary Literacy3
EPSY 201Educational Psychology 1, 23
EPSY 485Assessing Student Performance3
SPED 405General Educator's Role in Special Education3
EDPR 442Educational Practice in Secondary Education12
Total Hours39-40