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Mathematics Teacher Preparation Programs

The School of Mathematical Sciences has two mathematics teacher preparation programs preparing students to teach mathematics at the secondary (grades 7-12) or middle school (grades 6-8) levels.

Graduates of our programs will be qualified for licensure to teach mathematics in Colorado. Our programs have an intentional focus on preparing graduates to implement technology and language support strategies in meaningful ways to support the development of content understanding and language use. For students interested in adding the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education endorsement, we have degree plans supporting the added endorsement.

Mathematics teaching is a profession that is always in demand with great job security. Also, teachers are in a role that allow for daily problem solving, exploration, research, and development. As a teacher, graduates will have the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of young people.

The teaching emphasis programs provide students with a blend of academic and teaching experiences. These experiences include placements in local classrooms where students build relationships with students, develop and implement lessons, and learn other skills necessary to be effective teachers.

Dr. Rob Powers and Dr. Lindsay Reiten are coordinators of the Mathematics Teacher Preparation Programs.

Links for 4-Year Degree Plans

BS Mathematics: Middle School Teaching Emphasis

BS Mathematics: Middle School Teaching Emphasis with CLD Endorsement

BS Mathematics: Secondary Teaching Emphasis

BS Mathematics: Secondary Teaching Emphasis with CLD Endorsement

Advising Information

Spring 2022 Large Group Advising Information

Peer Mentors

One of the resources available for support at the University of Northern Colorado are the Peer Mentors. The Peer Mentors are a resource for students in a mathematics education program. They support students in these programs by holding mentoring hours where students can ask questions pertaining to the programs, courses in general, and/or study for the Praxis Test.

Andrea Rodriguez (she/her) is currently in her last semester of the Secondary Teaching Emphasis program and is planning to student teach in the Fall of 2022.

Peer Mentor Hours: Thursdays 3:00-4:00 pm (Ross Hall 2230B)

Email Andrea 

Victoria Saenz (she/her) is currently in third year of the Middle School Teaching Emphasis program and is enrolled in STEP 262 this spring.

Peer Mentor Hours: Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 pm (Ross Hall 2230B)

Email Victoria 

Praxis Preparation Resources

All Middle School and Secondary Mathematics Teaching Emphasis students must take the Praxis by 1 March BEFORE the semester they plan to take STEP 363. You must pass the relevant Praxis test BEFORE student teaching. The Praxis test cost $130 to take and scores should be sent to UNC (code 4074). Resources are available for checkout on the bookshelf in the 2230 Ross Hallway. Click here for additional resources.

  • Middle School Emphasis Students: Take test 5169 (minimum score to pass 165)
  • Secondary Emphasis Students: Take test 5161 (minimum score to pass 153)

Praxis Prep Session: Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 pm AND Thursdays 2:00-3:00 pm (Ross Hall 2230G)

Learn more about the Praxis