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 in grades 9-12.  

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 for TEP and student teaching acceptance. 

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 (U)



Educ 362: Curriculum and Pedagogy in 6-12 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: Mathematics

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

Educ 498: Educational Inquiry (WI)


*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.

Mathematics Major Requirements  (minimum 11 course units)

Consult with your faculty advisors in Mathematics and Educational Studies to tailor a program which will enable you to meet ISBE content area standards in mathematics. The required Math courses listed below are used to compute your major grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance.

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

Math 176
Math 177
Math 278

Applied Analysis I: Sequential Approach to Multivariate Calculus
Applied Analysis II:  Sequential Approach to Multivariate Calculus
Applied Analysis III:  Sequential Approach to Multivariate 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 Knowledge Assessment

Take the ETS Math Major Field test in the spring of the senior year. The test is offered on campus and proctored by a Math faculty member. Students may be responsible for the test fee. For more information about the test see Students are notified of the test date in February of the senior year.


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): Applied Analysis (required). 
  • Writing Intensive (WI):EDUC 255 and 498 (required). Additional WI requirements in the major.
  • U.S. Diversity flag (US): EDUC 257