Mathematics - Teaching, Grades 5-8

Mathematics - Teaching, Grades 5-8 Degree

Mathematics - Teaching, Grades 5-8 Undergraduate Degree

The Department of Mathematics offers degrees tailored to individual student needs. At the undergraduate level, we offer a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) degree.

We offer two emphases within the Bachelor of Science in Education degree. The 5-8 emphasis prepares the recipient for licensure at the Late Childhood through Early Adolescence (middle school) level. The 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, in conjunction with any BSEd degree, prepares students for licensure at the Late Childhood through Early Adolescence (middle school) level.

Why Pitt State?

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.

Career Options

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

Internship and research opportunities

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree requires internship opportunities throughout the program.  This includes an introductory Exploration in Education 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.

Learn more about the Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics focuses on pure and applied mathematics, mathematics education, statistics, and actuarial science.  The department offers degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as in-service education opportunities appropriate for area teachers.

At the undergraduate level, a sound, substantial baccalaureate program is provided which is sufficiently varied to meet diverse student needs.  The program includes personal academic and career advisement.

The department aids in the professional development of each faculty member by encouraging improvement in teaching, research, and scholarly activity that contributes to pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, actuarial science, and mathematics education.

The department serves its various communities through participation in local, regional, national, and international professional organizations.  It also serves the entire university through service courses, consulting, collaboration, and committee work.


Students in the Mathematics - Teaching, Grades 5-8 major take a selection of classes that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.

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