Completing the program in mathematics, including passing all ISBE tests, “highly qualifies” you to teach honors and AP courses in Mathematics, as well as lower level courses. Becoming highly qualified to teach math in grades 6-8 requires a middle school endorsement, available only to the classes of 2015 and 2016 due to changes in state law.


The Teacher Education Program (TEP) Handbook  provides detailed information about the TEP program, admission requirements, field requirements, and state and university licensure requirements.


Professional Education / Secondary Education Major  (10 units)

Take the courses below in the sequence listed.  Refer to the IWU catalog for course prerequisites and restrictions on concurrent enrollment. The professional education courses listed below are used to compute your professional education grade point average (gpa) for TEP and student teaching acceptance.   A gpa of 2.85  is required for program admission; a gpa of 3.0 is required for admission to student teaching.  State law specifies a minimum grade of C for any course required for licensure and endorsement, regardless of gpa.  

First year


Educ 225: Education and Social Justice (SI)

(or fall semester sophomore year)

20-25 hours field experience


Sophomore year



Educ 255: Child Study and Assessment (WI)

20-25 hours field experience


Educ 257The Exceptional Child  (U) (or fall junior year)  

Junior Year*




Educ 257: The Exceptional Child



Educ 362: Curriculum and Pedagogy in 6-12 Mathematics

Educ 351Middle School Mathematics**

40-45 hours field experience


Educ 365: Reading, Writing, and Communication in the Content Areas

15-20 hours field experience (continues spring placement)

Senior year*






Educ 490: Student Teaching Seminar

Educ 494: Student Teaching: Secondary Mathematics

15 week full time immersion in the field (continues May placement)



Educ 498: Educational Inquiry (WI)

Educ 260: Middle School Philosophy**


*If planning to travel abroad, do so prior to spring term of junior year, and plan enrollment in 225, 255, and 257 accordingly. Ninth semester graduates delay required 300 level professional education coursework to the senior year, and take Educ 498 prior to student teaching spring semester senior year.

** Educ 351 and 260 are required only for those seeking the middle school mathematics endorsement. Due to changes in state law, the middle school endorsement is only available to candidates graduating in 2015 or 2016. 

Mathematics Major Requirements  (11 units)


One of the following calculus sequences (both meet state middle school requirements in Calculus):

Math 161, 162, 263, and 264 OR

Calculus: Traditional sequence with additional emphasis on concepts.

Math 165, 166, and 267

Analysis: For students with prior calculus experience including AP Calculus.


Additional core courses: (complete 200 & 215 by end of second year)

Math 200

Techniques of Mathematical Proof (W)

Math 215

Linear Algebra (meets state middle school requirement in Algebra)


Two of the following courses (at least one must be taken during the senior year):

Math 405

Modern Algebra (meets state middle school requirement in Algebra)

Math 410

Complex Analysis

Math 415

Intro to Real Analysis

Math 425

Topics in Geometry (meets state middle school requirement in Geometry)

Math 440


Math 470*

Topics in Mathematics (requires advisor approval)


Four additional electives, chosen from the 400-level courses above and the following list:

Math 300

Mathematical Modeling

Math 303

Regression and Time Series

Math 307

Numerical Analysis

Math 310

Combinatorics and Graph Theory

Math 311

Parallel Computing

Math 324

Probability (meets state middle school requirement in Probability)

Math 325

Mathematical Statistics (meets state middle school requirement in Statistics)

Math 330

Linear Programming

Math 337

Algorithmic Number Theory

(meets state middle school requirement in Number Theory)

Math 340

Differential Equations

Math 351

Wavelet Analysis

Math 360

Topics in Logic


Content Major Test Requirement

Plan on taking the ETS: Math Major Field test in the spring of the senior year.


Middle School Mathematics Endorsement Option

A middle school endorsement option is only available to the graduating classes of 2015 and 2016 due to changes in state law. The middle school endorsement is required for candidates who wish to be highly qualified to teach departmentalized, or math only, in grades 6-8. The following courses are required:

  • Educ 260 Middle School Philosophy.
  • Educ 351 Middle School Mathematics.
  • A grade of “C” or higher in all endorsement coursework.

The state of Illinois has course-specific requirements for candidates pursuing an endorsement to teach mathematics in grades 6-8, necessitating careful selection of courses counting toward the major. The state requires four units of coursework in four of the areas listed below:

  • Calculus (Math 161, 162, 263, and 264 or 165, 166, and 267).
  • Modern Algebra or Number Theory (Math 215, Math 337, and/or Math 405).
  • Geometry (Math 425).
  • Probability and Statistics (Math 324, 325).
  • History of Mathematics (may be offered as a special topics course or as a Gateway course. Will not count towards the major.
  • Math content courses for elementary teachers (Math 105/6 do not count toward the mathematics major)

IWU General Education

The IWU general education category requirements listed below are met with required major or licensure courses.

  • Analysis of Values (AV):PHIL 214, Philosophy of Education (recommended but not required).
  • Contemporary Social Institutions (CSI): EDUC 225 (required).
  • Formal Reasoning (FR): Calculus (required). 
  • Writing Intensive (WI):EDUC 255 and 498 (required). Additional WI requirements in the major.
  • U.S. Diversity flag: EDUC 257