Mathematics Degree (B.A.) with Teacher of Mathematics Licensure (5-12)

Why Choose a Teacher Licensure Program in Mathematics (5-12)?

Our graduates go on to teach in public and private school systems.

Requirements for the Teachers Licensure Program in Mathematics (5-12)

Licensure for Teacher of Mathematics (5-12)

Westfield State University is nationally accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) at the initial and advanced levels. 

The Westfield State University program for licensure for teachers of Mathematics has been recognized by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Student progress toward meeting Advanced Standing in Teacher Education is monitored at the end of the sophomore year (57 credits). All students must meet the requirements for Advanced Standing to achieve teacher candidacy.  Please see section on Licensure for Teacher Education .

In order to be eligible for student teaching, a student must have completed all required course and field work, have an overall GPA of 2.8 (including transfer work), and have a passing grade in the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (i.e., Communication and Literacy and subject matter tests).

    Undergraduate Mathematics Majors Who Wish to be Certified to Teach Mathematics at the Middle or High School Level Must:

    • Choose their math major electives to satisfy the teacher licensure requirements;
    • Complete all Mathematics courses numbers 200 and above (except MATH 0216) with a grade of C or better;
    • Complete the Professional Sequence for Middle and Secondary, described in the Education Department listings;
    • Include the following courses (with a grade of C or better) among their eight 300-level mathematics electives in order to satisfy teacher licensure requirements:
      • MATH 0301 - Abstract Algebra I 
      • MATH 0306 - Modern Geometries 
      • MATH 0311 - Number Theory 
      • MATH 0337 - Foundations of Secondary and Middle School Mathematics 
      • MATH 0340 - Mathematical Statistics I 
    • Complete the following CAIS course:
      • CAIS 0117 - Introduction to Computer Programming 

      Requirements for Mathematics Majors

        Requirements - 54 Credits

        • MATH 0105 - Calculus I
        • MATH 0106 - Calculus II
        • MATH 0216 - Studies in the Literature of Mathematics
        • MATH 0218 - Linear Algebra
        • MATH 0201 - Calculus III
        • MATH 0300 - Discrete Mathematics with Proofs
        • MATH 0390 - Senior Seminar in Mathematics
        • Seven (7) additional 0300?level mathematics coursesInternship (MATH 0398) credits cannot be used to satisfy this requirementNine (9) additional credits.  Students may count a combination of:Up to 9 of the 12 practicum credits or Up to 9 Internship credits - MATH 0398 or Any 300-level Math classes excluding MATH 0300  and MATH 0390 or Appropriate 300-level classes in other departments may be used to satisfy this requirements with permission of advisor or chair A minimum of six (6) 300-level mathematics courses, excluding MATH 0300 and MATH 0390 , must be taken in the Mathematics Department at Westfield State University


        At most, 6 credits of any combination of MATH 0360 and MATH 0399 can count toward the major, unless the student chooses to take two additional 300-level, 3-credit mathematics courses to satisfy the final requirement; in this case, one or both courses may be MATH 0360 or MATH 0399.

          Professional Sequence: Middle and Secondary (Grades 5-12)

          The Professional Sequence for Middle and Secondary must be completed by students intending to teach an academic subject area in the Middle or Secondary School. Students must complete an academic major in the subject area in which the licensure is sought.

            Professional Sequence Core:

            • EDUC 0220 - Schools in American Culture (*FB)
            • EDUC 0380 - Critical Multicultural Education

            Professional Sequence Courses Middle and Secondary:

            • EDUC 0221 - Introduction to Students with Exceptional Learning Needs (*FB)
            • EDUC 0321 - The Middle School and its Students **
            • EDUC 0354 - Educational Planning and Evaluation: Middle and Secondary Schools (*FB)
            • EDUC 0363 - Sheltered English Immersion
            • PSYC 0203 - Adolescent Development
            • Appropriate academic methods course Credits 3 (*FB)


            *FB indicates field-based course.


              Appropriate Practicum

              • EDUC 0372 - 5-12 Practicum: English and History

              Pedagogical Coursework

              A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required in pedagogical coursework specific to your licensure program prior to practicum.  Consult with the department on which courses are classified as part of the pedagogy requirements.

                Additional Graduation Requirements

                All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core .