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BS Secondary Education: Mathematics

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

28502 USD
12036 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 50 USD
College of Mathematics
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)80
TOEFL-PBT (min)550
SAT (avg)1390
ACT (avg)31

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About this course

Minimum required major and supporting course work normally equates to 46-57 hours including 27-35 hours of mathematics beyond calculus, 3-4 hours of computer science, and 12 hours of supporting coursework.

Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

A Major Plan of Study form, declaring concentration and supporting coursework, must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Academic Affairs Office except for students in the Teaching of Mathematics concentration.  Please complete this form with an advisor in the Mathematics Undergraduate Office within 1-2 semesters of completing MATH 347 or MATH 348.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Departmental distinction: Distinction will be awarded on the basis of selection of 400-level courses in mathematics and the grade point average. Graduation with High Distinction or Highest Distinction in Mathematics requires participation in the Program for Distinction in Mathematics or Mathematics Education.  Full details are available at the departmental website.

In order to remain in good standing in this program and be recommended for certification, candidates are required to maintain UIUC, cumulative, content area, and professional education, grade-point averages of 2.5 (A= 4.0). Candidates should consult their adviser or the Council on Teacher Education for the list of courses used to compute these grade-point averages.

General education: Students must fulfill the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement. In addition, students must take a speech performance course chosen from the following list:CMN 101, CMN 113, CMN 321, CMN 323 or satisfy the Composition I requirement with CMN 111 and CMN 112.

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Eligibility Criteria

English Language Requirement-

IELTS Academic-

  • Overall Score 6.5
  • Listening 6
  • Writing 6
  • Reading 6
  • Speaking 6

PTE Academic

  • Overall Score 54 
  • Listening 47
  • Writing 56
  • Reading 51
  • Speaking 53 


  • Total Score 550 

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Course Modules

Required Prerequisite Courses
Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to transfer into the teaching concentration and hence must be in progress or completed at the time of application.

  • EPSY 201 Educational Psychology 3

EPS 201 Foundations of Education 3
or EPS 202 Foundations of Education-ACP

MATH 220 Calculus 4-5
or MATH 221 Calculus I

  • MATH 231 Calculus II 3
  • MATH 241 Calculus III 1 4

Three advanced mathematics courses, including

  • MATH 347 Fundamental Mathematics
  • or MATH 348 Fundamental Mathematics-ACP

Required Core Courses

  • MATH 416 Abstract Linear Algebra 2* 3
  • MATH 417 Intro to Abstract Algebra 3
  • or MATH 427 Honors Abstract Algebra

MATH 424 Honors Real Analysis 3

  • or MATH 444 Elementary Real Analysis
  • or MATH 447 Real Variables

MATH 461 Probability Theory 4 3-4
or STAT 400 Statistics and Probability I

CS 101 Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci 3-4
or CS 125 Intro to Computer Science
Approved supporting course work or any minor 12

Teaching of Mathematics Courses

MATH 402 Non Euclidean Geometry 3
or MATH 403 Euclidean Geometry

  • MATH 453 Elementary Theory of Numbers 3

Two additional 400- or 500-level mathematics courses 6
Total Hours 50-53
In addition to the requirements listed above, students must complete the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching (Total Hours: 37 - 38 hours). Conferral of the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences prior to completion of the minor requires approval by petition to the LAS Student Academic Affairs Office. While it is possible to complete this program in eight semesters, many students may require an extra semester or two.  Please note- the Secondary School Teaching Minor requires 2 groups of courses listed above under Required Prerequisite Courses (EPSY 201 andEPS 201/EPS 202).   The hours for those courses are calculated in the Minor total hours (37-38 hours), not the Teaching of Mathematics Concentration total hours (50-53 hours).

Students should have credit for MATH 220/MATH 221 and MATH 231 before enrolling in MATH 241.
Beginning in Fall 2012, students may not receive credit for both MATH 416 and either MATH 410 orMATH 415.  However, if one course is taken prior to Fall 2012, credit may be earned for both MATH 416and either of MATH 410 or MATH 415.
If MATH 424 or MATH 447 is completed, a requirement for the Graduate Preparatory concentration has been satisfied.
 If STAT 400 is completed, a group requirement for the Operations Research concentration has been satisfied.

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How to Apply

Here's What You Need:
First Year applicants must meet these four core requirements to complete an application:

  • The Common Application online including the UIC-specific questions and essays under the My Colleges tab. See application tips for details. Printed applications will not be accepted.
  • The $50 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver
  • Official high school transcript*, submitted electronically or via mail, along with the Common Application School Report 
  • ACT/SAT scores, submitted electronically or printed on official transcripts

*Please note that our mailing address changed recently. Check with your counselor or registrar to ensure that they send documents only to the following address.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions (MC 018) 
University of Illinois at Chicago 
1200 West Harrison Street, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60607-7161  

Other requirements
Additional requirements may apply to the following applicants:

  • Early Action applicants. Must have their Common Application, transcript, and test scores submitted by November 1. Applicants should select the Early Action option in the "preferred admission plan" question on UIC's Common Application Member's page.
  • Honors College and Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA) applicants. Must be admitted as undergraduates prior to review. The following supplemental documents are required for Honors College and GPPA applicants: An essay for each program submitted with the application.
  • Two recommendations submitted through the Common Application or via mail.
  • International applicants. Must meet the core First Year requirements as well as display evidence of English competency and financial certifications. First Year applicants with international coursework will also be assessed the $30 international credential evaluation fee. See Undergraduate International Admissions Requirements for details. 

Homeschooled students. Must satisfy all of the above requirements. Acceptable homeschool transcripts must include: a list of all subjects/courses attempted by year

  • Grades and/or examination results received (both passing and failing)
  • Maximum and minimum grades obtainable
  • Number of units earned

High School graduates who have attended another college or university since graduating. Must meet the Transfer Admission Requirements and will not be considered for First Year admission. High School graduates who have never attended another college or university must submit evidence of graduation from an accredited high school or submit passing scores on the General Educational Development (GED) test.

Most Transfer applicants must meet the following core requirements to apply:

  • Use the UIC web application or the Common Application. Printed applications will not be accepted.
  • The $50 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver.
  • Official college/university transcripts*, submitted electronically or via mail, from every college/university you’ve attended.

Additional requirements may apply to the following applicants:

  • Advanced Placment (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores are encouraged, particularly if they may count towards credit that satisfies your program's prerequisites. 
  • ACT or SAT test scores may be required for the following applicants:
  • Any transfer applicant with fewer than 36 hours of credit at the time of enrollment.
  • Applicants to the BA in Urban Education program within the College of Education are required to submit ACT/SAT plus writing scores.
  • International applicants. Must meet the core transfer requirements as well as display evidence of English competency and financial certifications. Transfer applicants with international coursework will also be assessed the $30 international credential evaluation fee. See Undergraduate International Admissions Requirements for details. 
  • Honors College applicants must be admitted as undergraduates prior to review and include the following with their application: 
  • An essay submitted with the application.

Applicants to the programs below must submit supplemental documents with their Common Application or UIC Web Application (see Upload Guide).

  • Nursing
  • Nutrition Coordinated Program
  • Nutrition Science
  • Health Information Management
  • Public Health
  • Urban Education requires ACT/SAT plus writing scores

Non-residential fees- 27658

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