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As a major in mathematics, you’ll be developing highly sought-after problem-solving skills to aid you in a variety of career opportunities. With a focus on secondary education, you’ll learn how to use creativity and communication to prepare students for future careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  

Thanks to our small class sizes, you’ll receive one-on-one instruction from professors who are committed to helping you achieve your specific career goals. Classroom discussion will teach you how to think critically. Coursework will teach you how to learn. Combine all that with access to state-of-the-art technology, you’ll be well on your way to making a difference in your very own future classroom. 

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Programs & Requirements

* The credit hours listed on this page only reference the specific program requirements and is not reflective of the total hours necessary to receive your degree. Cumberlands requires all students obtain a minimum of 60 hours for an associate’s degree and a total of 120 hours for a bachelor’s degree. Transfer and prior learning credits may be counted toward those totals.

To learn more about our General Education Requirements, please visit the page referenced below or explore our Academic Catalog

General Education Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education (Secondary Certification)

Coursework for our accredited bachelor’s degree program in mathematics education is aimed at helping students gain a fundamental understanding of the math and science that govern our everyday modern lives. Throughout your mathematic studies at Cumberlands, you’ll take relevant physics and mathematics coursework—from calculus to differential equations to discrete mathematics and more. As an education student you’ll also gain comprehensive understanding of how to develop lessons, assess progress, personalize instruction, and more. 

Course Requirements

MATH 140     Calculus I  

MATH 240     Calculus II  

MATH 241     Calculus III   

MATH 331     College Geometry  

MATH 335     Introduction to Probability and Statistics  

MATH 430     Differential Equations  

MATH 431     Abstract Algebra  

MATH 432     Linear Algebra  

MATH 433     Discrete Mathematics  

MATH 436     Real Analysis I    

PHYS 241     Physics I  

PHYS 242     Physics II  

42 semester hours in professional education - see the catalog listing for the School of Education for professional education requirements.  

Students pursuing the mathematics education major are also encouraged to take additional mathematics courses selected from the following: 

Math 401    Mathematics History 

Math 435    Mathematics Statistics 

Math 437    Real Analysis II 

Math 490    Topics in Mathematics 

A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completing the same courses as a Bachelor of Science with the addition of completing one foreign language sequence through the intermediate level.


FREN 131     Elementary French I

FREN 132     Elementary French II

FREN 231     Intermediate French I

FREN 232     Intermediate French II


SPAN 131     Elementary Spanish I

SPAN 132     Elementary Spanish II

SPAN 231     Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 232     Intermediate Spanish II

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Mission & Goals

The purpose of the mathematics program is to develop a broad understanding of mathematics and an appreciation of its beauty and usefulness in the world. With a mathematics degree from Cumberlands, along with an emphasis in education, you will know how to:

Teach mathematics to others.
Understand and explain the role of mathematics in other fields.
Communicate mathematics effectively.
Use the proper formulas and concepts to solve problems.
Pursue graduate work in mathematics or related fields.
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Mathematics Education Careers & Outcomes

*All statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics

Mathematics Teacher (9-12): $61,820

Mathematics Teacher (9-12): $61,820

With a degree in mathematics education, you will be fully equipped to pursue a career as a high school math teacher.

Natural Sciences Manager: $137,900

Natural Sciences Manager: $137,900

Your math background can also help you enter fields of scientific study, working in and/or managing laboratories and scientific studies.

Mathematician/Statistician: $96,280

Mathematician/Statistician: $96,280

From big business and global markets to local, state and federal government, employers in every industry prize the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills of mathematics students.

Data Scientist: $100,910

Data Scientist: $100,910

Maybe you have a love for the experimenting side of science as well as numbers and equations. As a date scientist you would use analytical tools and techniques to extract meaningful insights from data.

Management Analyst: $93,000

Management Analyst: $93,000

You may choose to use your mathematics degree working as a management analyst, recommending ways to improve an organization’s efficiency.

Postsecondary Instructor: $79,640

Postsecondary Instructor: $79,640

With a mathematics education degree, you may also pursue a career in postsecondary education, helping prepare future college students for careers in mathematics.

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A degree in mathematics education with secondary certification at University of the Cumberlands gives you the training you need to earn certifications that qualify you for teaching careers in the high school setting. It also provides students with knowledge and skills that can be used in a variety of fields, from healthcare to law enforcement to natural science management.  

This degree will prepare you to enter the high school classroom as a qualified math teacher. It will also open up a realm of additional job opportunities, as employers continue to prize professionals with a strong background in mathematics due to their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. 

To begin, you should visit your state certifying board’s website to check on licensing requirements, as they can change from state to state. Then you will need to complete your bachelor’s degree in mathematics education. After you finish your degree (well done, you!), you will likely need to pass a state test and apply for a teaching license or certification. Then you will be ready to apply for teaching positions! 

As a mathematics education major, you will take a variety of required physics and mathematics courses, from calculus to differential equations to discrete mathematics and more. In addition, you will also need to complete 42 semester hours of professional education classes. These will teach you how to develop lessons, assess progress, and personalize instruction. Everything you need to succeed as a math teacher. 

We would love it if you did! Cumberlands offers a variety of graduate degrees for students pursuing careers in education, including the following graduate programs. Click here to learn more: Graduate Programs. 

All programs at University of the Cumberlands are offered at some of the lowest rates in the nation. For more information on how affordable this program would be for you, visit our Financial Aid page.

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Faculty Experts in Mathematics

Learn more about the mathematics professors you will interact with. 

Dr. Lance Boston

Dr. Lance M. Boston

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Dr. Lance M. Boston

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lance.boston [at] ucumberlands.edu
Victor Snow

Dr. Victor Snow

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Dr. Victor Snow

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victor.snow [at] ucumberlands.edu
Dr. Rebecca Blakley

Dr. Rebecca Blakley

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Dr. Rebecca Blakley

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rebecca.blakley [at] ucumberlands.edu

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