Secondary Teacher Certification (7-12) Option

120 credits

This Option leads to certification to teach mathematics in the public schools. This program is certified at both the state and national level by the New Hampshire Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Graduates who complete this Teacher Certification Option are eligible for 7-12 teacher certification in the state of New Hampshire upon successful completion of the Secondary Mathematics: Content Knowledge Praxis Test. Because of New Hampshire’s membership in the Interstate Certification Contract, Plymouth graduates are eligible to earn a certificate or license in another Contract state upon application to that state’s department of education. For further information, please see the Educator Preparation section. Please also visit Requirements for certification may change, subject to changes made by the New Hampshire Department of Education. Teacher candidates can find the most current New Hampshire Department of Education standards at

All teacher candidates who interact with students in public school settings through course-related field experiences, including Internship in Mathematics Teaching, are subject to New Hampshire state legislation that requires a full disclosure criminal records check. This may include fingerprinting. The processing of the criminal records check is conducted at the site school before the field experience begins. The fee for this processing is the responsibility of the teacher candidate and is paid directly to the school district. Each new site will require a separate fingerprinting and background check. Inquiries should be directed to the Coordinator of Internships in the Office of Educator Preparation.

In order for teacher candidates to participate in field experiences in diverse settings that are essential for their development as teachers, teacher candidates must be willing and able to travel outside of the Plymouth area beyond walking distances. All Internship in Teaching candidates should plan for and be able to secure their own transportation by the junior year.

Degree Requirements


Courses required for the Option are shown in boldface.
MA 2400 Introduction to Formal Mathematics (MATH) 3
MA 2550 Calculus I (QRCO) 4
MA 2560 Calculus II (QRCO) 4
MA 2700 Logic, Proofs, and Axiomatic Systems (WRCO) 3
MA 3050 Introduction to Mathematics Education 3
MA 3120 Linear Algebra 3
MA 3200 Discrete Mathematics 3
MA 3230 College Geometries (TECO) (WRCO) 4
MA 3460 History of Mathematics (GACO) (WRCO) 3
MA 3500 Probability and Statistics for Scientists 3
MA 3540 Calculus III 4
MA 4020 The Cultural and Psychological Aspects of Mathematics Learning (DICO) (INCO) 3
MA 4040 Teaching and Learning Mathematics for Secondary and Middle School 3
MA 4140 Abstract Algebra (WRCO) 3
MA 4975 Internship in Mathematics Teaching (7-12) 12
MA 4985 Internship in Mathematics Teaching Seminar 1
CD 3000 Philosophical and Historical Perspectives on the Child in Society (INCO) (WRCO) 3
ED 2350 Human Development: Children, Health and Learning (WECO) 3
ED 3350 Classroom Planning, Management, and Organization for Middle School and Secondary Educators (TECO) 3
SE 3090 Introduction to Special Education: Middle and Secondary 3
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
Electives 19-17

Students must receive a grade of C or better in all MA courses required in their degree program. A grade of C or better must be earned in any MA prerequisite course before enrolling in the post-requisite course. Internship in Mathematics Teaching requires a 2.50 minimum cumulative grade point average.

*All course information is from the 2015-2016 Catalog.