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Mathematics Teacher Preparation Programs

Program Flyer

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. Teachers are in a role that allows 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. Click here for more information about the teaching profession!

The teaching emphasis programs provide students with a blend of academic and teaching experiences so they develop the content and pedagogical knowledge they will need in their future classrooms. 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 (he, him) and Dr. Lindsay Reiten (she, her) 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

Slides from Large Group Advising Meeting  (Fall 2023)

Mandatory large group advising sessions for ALL students in the Middle School and Secondary Mathematics Teacher Preparation Programs will occur:

  • Wednesday, 21 February  2024 4:00-5:00 pm (Zoom, click here)
  • Thursday, 22 February 2024 2:00-3:00 pm (Ross Hall 2275)

You will need to meet with your advisor to get your PIN BEFORE registration begins in April. 

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.

Tina Brewer (she/her) is in the Secondary Teaching program and taking STEP 262 this spring. Her favorite candy is KitKat.

Mentor Hours
Tuesdays 11:00am  - 12:00pm
Wednesdays 4:00pm - 5:00pm
 Thursdays 3:30pm - 4:30 pm
Ross Hall 2230B

EMAIL Tina 

Praxis Preparation Resources

All Middle School and Secondary Mathematics Teaching Program 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 5164 (minimum score to pass 157)
  • Secondary Emphasis Students: Take test 5165 (minimum score to pass 159)

Praxis Prep Sessions: Tuesdays 3:30pm-4:30pm; Thursdays 11:00am-12:00pm (Ross Hall 2230 G)

Study Companion Middle School Mathematics (5164) Praxis Prep Resources through UNC Library (5164)

Study Companion Mathematics (5165)

Praxis Prep Resources through UNC Library (5161)-Old Test

The School of Teacher Education has a special discount rate with 240tutoring.com that provides access to Praxis study materials like flashcards, quizzes, practices tests and more! It's $20/month and can be canceled at any time. Click on this link to get started. Questions should be directed to Cheryl Sparks (Cheryl.Sparks@unco.edu).

Learn more about the Praxis