Math Education

Do you want to share your love of math with future generations? The Mathematics Education major at the University of Central Arkansas will provide you with a balanced curriculum in pure or applied mathematics, designed to hone your analytical abilities and develop your skills in communicating mathematical concepts to your future students, including courses in calculus, linear and abstract algebra, differential equations, probability theory, applied mathematics, numerical methods, statistics, topology, complex analysis, mathematical computation, and biological mathematical modeling.

Our program also provides you with the opportunities you need to develop your pedagogical skills through a transformative internship placement in the local school system, which will prepare you to teach with experiences in managing a classroom, designing curriculum, creating lesson plans, and interacting with diverse student populations. We offer various site placements for internships and develop relationships between our students and their schools from the earliest stages of their degree, so students can begin observing and interacting with their future colleagues and pupils from their first semester. Graduates from our program are fully prepared to seek positions in public and private schools as Math Teachers for 7th to 12th Grade students throughout Arkansas and across the nation.

UCA boasts the top Mathematics Education program in the state, which is also recognized by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics as an outstanding education. Additionally, this degree has been accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, ensuring that our faculty members are at the top of their field, the curriculum meets the highest standards in the discipline, and your degree will be looked upon favorably for admission to graduate programs and employment opportunities.

As a Mathematics Education major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:

  • Expert Faculty (http://uca.edu/math/faculty) who are leaders in their fields with award-winning pedagogy and research credentials. Our instructors are focused on undergraduate education and deeply committed to the success of their students and work closely with them through every stage of the degree and certification process. They have cultivated an experience-rich classroom environment, featuring cutting-edge technology and mathematical software, and provide their students individual attention and mentoring. Our professors are even developing a senior capstone course, designed to mimic real-world professionalism, in which students conduct their own research, interpret findings, and present their experiences to classmates and faculty.
  • Math Seminar Series: a weekly departmental event, which brings speakers to campus to discuss various topics, such as curriculum alignment, common core standards, instructional strategies, effective local waste management, applied Bayesian statistics, queuing models, and anisotropic diffusion.
  • Professional Development through involvement in our Mathematics Club, which encourages interaction between students, faculty, and professional mathematicians, with a variety of activities and events throughout the year. Our students also have access to numerous undergraduate research experiences, as individuals and teams, or as collaborators in faculty projects and publications, and can even attend regional and national conferences to present their findings, attend workshops, and interact with innovative mathematics professionals.

To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Mathematics Education major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://uca.edu/math.