Mathematics Education 6-12 (BS) Program Overview

As a mathematics education major, you’ll split your time between rigorous mathematics courses and education classes. Your education classes don’t just talk about teaching. They offer vital hands-on experience with 100 hours of classroom observation beginning in your second or third semester. When it’s time for your semester as a student teacher, you’ll be one who gets their students excited about all the facets of math. This comprehensive approach is one reason why our graduates are highly sought after in southwestern Virginia school systems.

Individualized Instruction

Small classes and personalized attention are a given for our math education majors. Ally Carter, high school math teacher, and class of 2019 explains, “I am grateful for the way BC faculty poured into my life. Dr. and Mrs. Buterakos became like a second family to me. They are still a huge support system, offering encouragement and resources. Thanks to BC, I have a wealth of knowledge, in math and education, that I am figuring out how to implement in my own unique way!”

If you’re excited about the prospect of becoming a math teacher, we’d love to talk to you about BC’s math education degree program. Email Dr. Lewis Buterakos or Dr. Shellie Brown to take the first steps toward earning Virginia teacher licensure today.

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On-Campus: Spring Semester 2021

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Courses & Requirements:

General Education & Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BS)
General Education (51 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors


  • Bluefield Core (9 Credits)
    • Invitation to Inquiry
    • Character Formation
    • Civic & Global Response
    • Personal Wellness & Lab
  • English (6 Credits)
    • Intro to the Writing Process
    • Argumentative & Analytical Writing
  • Christian Studies (3 Credits)
    • Biblical Perspectives
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits) (Choose 1)
    • Drawing I
    • Art Appreciation
    • Theatre Appreciation
    • Music Appreciation
  • History (6 Credits)
    • Survey of American History I or II
    • World Civilizations I or II
  • Literature (3 Credits)
    • 2000 Level Literature Course (Various Options)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • Math (4 Credits)
    • Precalculus
  • Science (8 Credits)
    • General Physics I
    • General Physics II
  • Social Science (3 Credits)
    • Introduction to Psychology
  • Speech (3 Credits)
    • Fundamentals of Speech
Core Requirements (51 Credits)

  • Intro to CAS
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Intro to Statistics
  • Calculus III
  • Elementary Linear Algebra
  • Intro to Differential Equations
  • Intro to Mathematical Proof
  • Academic Internship
  • Abstract Algebra
  • College Geometry
  • Senior Seminar
  • Intro to Numerical Analysis
  • Program Design & Development
  • Visual Basic OR C#
  • Technical Writing
Professional Education (17 Credits)

  • Human Growth & Development for Educators (10 Field Hours)
  • Foundations of Education (10 Field Hours)
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction in Secondary Schools (25 Field Hours)
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child (10 Field Hours)
  • Teaching Reading in the Content Area (Must be admitted to TEP)
Field Experiences (15 Credits)

  • Dynamic Learning Environments (20 Field Hours)
    • (Must be admitted to TEP program – Must be taken prior to Student Teaching)
  • Student Teaching
    • (Taken in the final semester, must be admitted to TEP)
Required Testing (3 Tests)

  • Core Testing (Must satisfy 1 or the below criteria)
    • PRAXIS Core Math (150 or greater)
    • SAT Math Score (560 or greater) (Composite 1170 or greater)
    • ACT Math Score (22 or greater) (Composite 24 or greater)
    • EDU 0111 Math Skills for Teachers & PRAXIS Core (146 or greater)
  • Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment
  • PRAXIS II Mathematics: Content Knowledge
Total Credits: 134

Take a look at some of the career opportunities available to graduates of this program:

6-12 Math Teacher
Actuary
Statistician
Operations Research Analyst
Market Research Analyst
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