Mathematics Education

Geneva Barriger

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with Teacher Licensure

Major Requirements

The Mathematics major with Teacher Licensure consists of 75 s.h. distributed as follows:

Computer Science Courses

Select one course (3 s.h.) from the following:

  • CSC 2010 Introduction to Computer Science (3 s.h.)
  • CSC 2020 Introduction to Programming (3 s.h.)

Major Courses

  • MAT 2200 (or EGR 3310) Applied Statistics (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 2310 Calculus I (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 2320 Calculus II (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 2500 Discrete Mathematics I (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 2600 Transition to Abstract Mathematics (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 3050 The History of Mathematics (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 3090 Calculus III (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 3100 Calculus IV (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 3120 Linear Algebra (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 3150 Modern College Geometry (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 3160 Modern Algebra (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 3200 (or EGR 3320) Probability and Statistics (3 s.h.)

Professional Licensure Requirements

  • EDU 1420 Field Experience I (1 s.h.)
  • EDU 2400 Instructional Technology (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 2420 Field Experience II (1 s.h.)
  • EDU 2510 Foundations of Education (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 3300 Educational Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 3420 Field Experience III (1 s.h.)
  • EDU/MAT 3845 Topics in Mathematics Education (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 4070 Professional Orientation (2 s.h.)
  • EDU/MAT 4145 Methods for Secondary Mathematics (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 4190 Seminar In Positive Behavior Development (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 4210 Student Teaching 10 s.h.
  • SPE 2550 Educating Diverse Populations (3 s.h.)

Additional Requirements to Apply for the Teacher Education Program

Requirements for Admission to Teacher Education All Teacher Candidates who wish to be licensed to teach must complete the following requirements before applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

  1. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.7
  2. A grade of C (2.0) or better in the professional licensure sequence
  3. Elementary Education and Special Education majors must maintain a C or better in all EDU and SPE major courses.
  4. Passing scores on PRAXIS I Core Academic Skills Test for Educators or ACT/SAT scores that meet the 318 MU Undergraduate Catalogue 2021–22exemption score cutoff set by the state of North Carolina or a preexisting Bachelor’s degree and any other test(s) required by MUTEP, the Department of Public Instruction, and state/federal law.
  5. Successful completion of a minimum of 60 academic hours to include ENG 1010 and 1020 or 1040; MAT 1050 or higher;  3 s.h. of science; 3 s.h. of fine arts; EDU 2000; EDU 2400; Field Experience I (EDU 1420); and SPE 2550. For Physical Education and Health Education majors only: PXS 3060.
  6. Three recommendations  from  faculty,  to  include  one  from  a faculty  member  in  the  student’s  major  and  one from a faculty member in the Education Department.
  7. A pre-admission interview with the Director of Student Teaching and Field Experiences, a member of the Teacher Education Committee and the Subject Area Program Coordinator.
  8. Review and approval of the student’s application for admission to Teacher Education by the Teacher Education Committee. A student must be admitted to Teacher Education before he/she will be allowed to enroll in certain upper-level EDU/SPE courses; please see specific course descriptions for more information. Requirements for Maintaining Good Standing in MUTEP To maintain good standing, a student must, for each semester enrolled in MUTEP

NOTE: A student must apply and be admitted into the Teacher Education Program to enroll in 3000 and 4000 level
courses within the Professional Licensure area (EDU 3300, 3420, 4070, 4100, 4110, 4120, 4130, 4140, 4160, 4170, 4180,
4200, 4210, 4470; and SWK 4750).

NC State Board of Education Complaint Process

The North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) has jurisdiction to investigate allegations of noncompliance regarding specific laws and rules. Complaints may address Educator Preparation Program requirements set forth in Article 15(D) of Chapter 115C. The SBE does not have jurisdiction over complaints related to contractual arrangements with an EPP, commercial issues, obtaining a higher grade or credit for training, or seeking reinstatement to an EPP. All complaints filed with the SBE must be in writing. A person or entity may file a written complaint with SBE by filling out a complaint form and submitting online and/or mailing or faxing a hard copy to the address on the form.

Contact the Program Coordinator

Dr. Kathleen Fick

Kathleen Fick, PhD

Chair, Mathematics; Professor of Mathematics
(910) 630-7229
Allison 105B
Dr. Kathleen Fick
Kathleen Fick, PhD

Chair, Mathematics; Professor of Mathematics

B.S., Buena Vista University; M.S., Ph.D., Auburn University

Undergraduate Teaching Areas:

First Year Seminar, Intro to College Math, Finite Mathematics, College Algebra, Integrated Pre-calculus, Pre-calculus I, Pre-calculus II, Calculus I, Calculus II, Differential Equations, History of Mathematics, Modern College Geometry, Mathematics for Teachers I, and Mathematics for Teachers II

Research Interests:

Current research focus is in K-16 mathematics education. More specifically, research focus areas include future educators’ mathematical understanding and preparation; teachers’ mathematical content knowledge, understanding, and training; the development of children’s algebraic and geometric understanding, procedural versus conceptual error analysis, the use and understanding of manipulatives; STEM/Mathematical critical thinking; Calculus sequence preparation; and mathematical literacy.

In the area of pure mathematics, prior research focused on boundary value problems for ordinary differential equations and dynamic equations on time scales.

(910) 630-7229
Allison 105B