We teach Mathematics differently
Our Mathematics Department focuses on creative classroom instruction and active learning. The Mathematics Department offers its students an energetic and dedicated faculty who find the world of mathematics exciting and challenging, and coursework that provides students with opportunities to experience the wonders of mathematics. Our courses are inquiry based, interactive and exploratory.
- Hands-on learning with activities and projects, portfolios, group work and cooperative learning
- Small department, with classes capped at 25 and a 1:7 faculty/student ratio
- We “go outside and play” with mathematics activities, such as sidewalk chalk mathematics
- You'll be writing about mathematics and reading and writing about mathematical literature
- You're encouraged to present at conferences and volunteer in the community
- Many faculty have developed customized course materials instead of using standard textbooks
- Our graduates go on to teach in public and private school systems.
Licensure for Teacher of Mathematics (5-8)
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 the 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 School Level Must:
- Choose their math major electives to satisfy the teacher licensure requirements;
- Complete the Professional Sequence for Secondary, described in the Education Department listings;
- Include the following courses among their seven 300-level mathematics electives in order to satisfy teacher licensure requirements:
- Complete the following SMK courses:
Requirements for Mathematics Majors
Requirements - 54 Credits
- MATH 0100 - First-Year Seminar
- MATH 0105 - Calculus I
- MATH 0106 - Calculus II
- MATH 0201 - Calculus III
- MATH 0216 - Studies in the Literature of Mathematics
- MATH 0218 - Linear Algebra
- MATH 0300 - Discrete Mathematics with Proofs
- MATH 0310 - Career Preparation
- Seven (7) additional 0300‑level mathematics courses. Internship (MATH 0398) and MATH 0310 credits cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.Nine (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 0310, or Appropriate 300-level classes in other departments may be used to satisfy these requirements with permission of advisor and chair. A minimum of six (6) 300-level mathematics courses, excluding MATH 0300 and MATH 0310, must be taken in the Mathematics Department at Westfield State University.
Professional Sequence: Middle (Grades 5-8)
The Professional Sequence for Middle must be completed by students intending to teach an academic subject area in the middle school. Students must complete an academic major in the subject area in which the licensure is sought.
Professional Sequence Core
Professional Sequence Courses
- EDUC 0221 - Foundations of Special Education
- EDUC 0321 - Middle School and its Students
- EDUC 0354 - Teaching Middle and High School Students
- EDUC 0341 - Field Experience 3: Advanced Theory to Practice
- EDUC 0363 - Sheltered English Immersion
- PSYC 0203 - Adolescent Development
- MATH 0337 - Foundations of Secondary and Middle School Mathematics
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.
- Students have the ability to explore and understand advanced mathematical knowledge.
- Students effectively communicate mathematical ideas.
- Students use the language of mathematical proof correctly and appropriately.
- Students understand the interconnectedness of mathematics.
- Students understand applications and real-world uses of mathematics.