BS in the Teaching of Mathematics

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in the Teaching of Mathematics degree from UIC, students must complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Major Requirements33
Additional Requirements for Teacher Licensure34
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours53
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
MATH 180Calculus I a,b4
MATH 181Calculus II a4
MATH 210Calculus III a3
MATH 215Introduction to Advanced Mathematics3
MATH 300Writing for Mathematics c1
MTHT 411Advanced Euclidean Geometry3
MTHT 430Real Analysis for Teachers I3
or MATH 313 Analysis I
MATH 310Applied Linear Algebra3
or MATH 320 Linear Algebra I
MATH 330Abstract Algebra I3
or MTHT 435 Abstract Algebra
MTHT 420Computers in Secondary School Mathematics3
or STAT 381 Applied Statistical Methods I
One additional elective course in MATH, MTHT, or STAT.3
Total Hours33

This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category. 


MATH 180 fulfills the LAS Quantitative Reasoning requirement. 


MATH 300 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement. 

Additional Requirements for Teacher Licensure

Required Courses
ED 200Education Policy Foundations3
ED 210Principles of Learning and Instruction Across the Lifespan3
ED 425Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Urban Secondary Classroom4
CI 414Middle and High School Literacy3
SPED 410Exceptional Learners3
MTHT 400Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics I3
MTHT 401Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics II3
MTHT 438Educational Practice with Seminar I6
MTHT 439Educational Practice with Seminar II6
Total Hours34

Students in the Teacher Education in Mathematics curriculum must have a GPA of at least 2.50/4.00 in all mathematics courses (MATH, MCS, MTHT, or STAT) beginning with all calculus (excluding MTHT 400 and MTHT 401) to be recommended for student teaching (MTHT 438 and MTHT 439). The candidate must also maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50/4.00 and a minimum GPA of 3.00/4.00 in education courses. Students must receive a grade of C or higher in all professional education and content-area coursework required for licensure and endorsement.

The teaching license is not automatically awarded upon successful completion of licensure and degree requirements. Before the license is issued, the candidate must file an application for the Illinois teaching license with the Council on Teacher Education. The candidate must also pass a series of examinations required by the Illinois State Board of Education. The Content Area Test must be passed before the candidate is allowed to student teach. For information on application procedures, contact the Council on Teacher Education located at 412 S. Peoria, Suite 634. See the Council on Teacher Education section of the catalog. For detailed information concerning degree and state teacher licensure requirements, see the Program Guide for Teacher Education in Mathematics, available from the secondary education coordinator of the Office of Mathematics and Computer Education.

Recommended Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
Declare Secondary Education Curriculum  
Take General Education/Curriculum courses 16-18
Spring Semester
Take General Education/Curriculum Courses 16-18
(Meet with Program Advisor) b  
Second Year
Fall Semester
Take General Education/Curriculum courses 16-18
Spring Semester
ED 200 Education Policy Foundations 3
ED 210 Principles of Learning and Instruction Across the Lifespan 3
Complete Application to Candidacy c  
Take General Education/Curriculum courses 10-12
Third Year
Fall Semester
SPED 410 Exceptional Learners 3
CI 414 Middle and High School Literacy (after admission to candidacy) d 3
Complete Application to Candidacy c  
Take General Education/Curriculum courses 10-12
Spring Semester
Request Enrollment Approval for:  
Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Urban Secondary Classroom (March 15) d  
Complete Application to Student Teach c  
Take Content Area Test by deadline a,c  
Complete General Education/Curriculum courses 16-18
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
ED 425 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Urban Secondary Classroom 4
Complete General Education/Curriculum courses 8
Spring Semester
File Intent to Graduate Form (No later than the 3rd week of the semester in which you plan to graduate)  
Complete Student Teaching 12
Complete Entitlement Application  
 Total Hours120



Consult program advisor or CTE website for deadline


Only for Teaching of History and Mathematics

Secondary and Foreign Language Education Information

Declaration of Teaching Curriculum

When: As soon as a student decides to pursue licensure as a secondary or foreign language teacher, the student should declare the appropriate curriculum in the host department.


To declare the Teaching of Mathematics curriculum, students need a B or better in MATH 180 or a cumulative math GPA of 2.50 or higher in all courses from MATH 180 and up.  There are specific GPA requirements to remain in good standing and remain eligible for candidacy in each of the programs.


Most “Teaching of…” curriculum students enrolled full-time should be able to complete their undergraduate course work and licensure requirements in four years, if they declare within their first four semesters. If a student does not make this decision until their junior year (5th semester or later), pursuit of the curriculum and teaching licensure will result in an extended undergraduate career. Model plans are available for transfer students and those beginning at UIC and declaring early; these are only to serve as an example for students considering the curriculum. Students should meet with the advisor in their department for personalized recommendations and timelines.

Education Courses

All Secondary Education curriculum students must take the following Education courses: ED 200, ED 210, SPED 410, and ED 425. Teaching of History and Math must also take CI 414. Students should meet with their department advisors to determine appropriate course sequence. Non-Education students may only take limited 100-level Education courses.

Curriculum vs. Licensure

Simply completing the requirements for a “Teaching of…” curriculum, does not guarantee licensure. Students should be completing licensure requirements in conjunction with meeting curriculum and college graduation requirements. There are several steps in the licensure process, so it is imperative that a student meet with their program advisor to remain on track.

Council on Teacher Education (CTE)
Contact: (312) 355-0714
412 S. Peoria, Suite 634, MC 134
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

“The Council on Teacher Education oversees and supports all professional education programs. The Council is responsible for the coordination of professional education curricula and serves as a liaison between the University of Illinois Chicago and the Illinois State Board of Education. In addition, the Council serves as a liaison between the university and school service personnel. The Council on Teacher Education was established by the University of Illinois' Board of Trustees in 1943-44 to formulate policies and programs of student selection, retention, guidance, preparation, and placement in elementary and secondary schools. The Council was created in conformity with educational policies established by the campus Senate (Mission and History, CTE website).” Students will be in close contact with the Council on Teacher Education for all levels of the licensure process. Prospective students can also find additional information on their website (listed above) and in the Teacher Education Handbook for Secondary and Foreign Language.