Mathematics - Teaching, Grades 5-8

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The Department of Mathematics offers degrees tailored to individual student needs. At the undergraduate level, we offer a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with three emphases.

We offer two teaching emphases. The Teaching Grades 5-8 emphasis prepares the recipient for licensure at the late childhood through early adolescence (middle school) level. The Teaching Grades 6-12 emphasis prepares the recipient for licensure at the early adolescence through late adolescence (high school) level.

A Minor in Mathematics is available which can be adapted to a variety of business or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) disciplines. In addition, we offer a Minor in Mathematics - Teaching Grades 5-8, which prepares students for licensure at the late childhood through early adolescence (middle school) level.

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  • About Degree
  • Career Options
  • Internship and Research Opportunities

The Department of Mathematics offers small class sizes, and our programs are adaptable to students’ needs and interests.

The department fosters unique opportunities for student involvement by encouraging student participation in the Math Club/Mathematical Association of America Student Chapter, Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, Actuarial Club, Mo-Kan Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. In addition, the department hosts a problem solving group and provides opportunities for one-on-one research with faculty members.  

The faculty members within the department have expertise in broad area of mathematics to support research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The department produces graduates that are well prepared and ready to pursue graduate school or careers in mathematics. We boast nearly 100% job placement, and our graduates are exceptionally successful in graduate school.

The Teaching Grades 5-8 emphasis requires internship opportunities throughout the program. This includes an introductory Explorations in Education course during the freshman or sophomore year followed by a semester long part-time internship culminating in a full-time semester of student teaching with a master teacher.

The department maintains relationships with our graduates and actuarial employers to foster internship opportunities for students pursuing the actuarial emphasis.

The department encourages student research at all levels by providing one-on-one research opportunities with faculty members and providing travel support for students to attend and present research at a variety of mathematics conferences.

About Mathematics Department

The Department of Mathematics provides a program that focuses on pure and applied mathematics, mathematics education, statistics, and actuarial science. The department maintains primary responsibility for all mathematics and statistics courses offered by Pittsburg State University.

The PSU Department of Mathematics offers a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Mathematics, a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Mathematics and Emphases in Teaching, Grades 5-8 and Teaching, Grades 6-12, a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Mathematics and Emphasis in Actuarial Science, a Master of Science in Mathematics, and a Graduate Certificate in Mathematics. Minors are available in Mathematics and Mathematics Teaching, Grades 5-8.

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