730:  Middle Grades Mathematics - 2014 & 2015 Catalog Years

This major is for students who plan to teach mathematics in grades 5-9 only.

1.  Students who wish to declare a 730 middle grades mathematics major are initially designated as 730P – Middle Grades Mathematics (Prep).  In order to be granted full admission into the 730 major, a student must satisfy the following requirements:
     •  Completion of MATH 117 and MATH 136, or MATH 136 and MATH 137; and MATH 205, with a grade of C or  
        better in each course. 
     •  Have an overall GPA of at least 2.4 in all middle grades mathematics program courses (MATH 117 and above)
        completed prior to admission.
     •  Submission of a Change of Major form to change from 730P to a 730 major.

2.  A minimum of 32 hours of mathematics is required. A minimum of 120 unduplicated undergraduate semester hours is required.  See bottom of this page for information on enrolling in graduate courses.

3.   No minor is required.  A second major in Science and Mathematics Education (Ref: 774) must be completed. Upon successful completion of both majors, the student will receive a Bachelor of Science degree.  At least one-third of the course requirements in each major (and minor) must be earned at WKU.

4.  At least one-half of the semester hours required for each major and minor must be earned in undergraduate courses numbered 300 and above.  (See the Undergraduate Catalog for exceptions for minors in business administration and computer information systems, and majors in dental hygiene, social studies, art education, middle grades education).

5.  A minimum of 42 undergraduate semester hours must be completed in courses numbered 300 and above.

6.  University Requirements:  You must have a GPA of at least 2.0 (i) in all credits presented for graduation whether earned at WKU or elsewhere, (ii) in all credits completed at WKU, (iii) overall in the major subjects and in the minor subjects, and (iv) in the major subjects and in the minor subjects completed at WKU. 

7.  730 Major/SMED/Certification Requirements:  Students must attain a grade of “C” or better in each required mathematics course and in each required professional education course.  For recommendation for Initial Teacher Certification, students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.75 in all coursework, in the middle grades mathematics major, and in all professional education courses for the SMED major.

Mathematics Requirements – 32 to 33 hours
Course Descriptions

MATH 117 and 136   OR  MATH 136 and 137;    (7 or 8 hrs)
MATH 183 or STAT 301  (3 hrs);            MATH 205, 206, 304, 308, 413;    (15 hrs)
MATH 403 or 323 (3 hrs);                         MATH 411 or 421  (3 hrs);                      MATH 490  (1 hr).

University Colonnade Requirements
(A minimum of 39 hours total)

I.  Foundations:  Intellectual and Practical Skills (18 hours total)

College Composition (3 hrs) - ENG 100 -  Students with an English ACT of at least 29 or a English SAT of at least 650
                                                                           will receive credit for this requirement.
Writing in the Disciplines (3 hrs) - ENG 300, or 200-level or higher writing in the discipline course.
Human Communication (3 hrs) - COMM 145
Quantitative Reasoning (3 hrs) - Students with a Math ACT of at least 26 or a Math SAT of at least 590 will receive
                                                          credit for MATH 116.
Literary Studies (3 hrs) - ENG 200
World History (3 hrs) - HIST 101 or HIST 102

II. Explorations:  Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World (12 hrs total)

               (AH)  Arts & Humanites (3 hrs)           (SB)  Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 hrs)
(NS)  Natural and Physical Sciences (6 hrs) - Courses from two disciplines must be taken, including one with an  
                                                                                  essential/applied lab component (SL).

III.  Connections:  Understanding Individual and Social Responsibility  (9 hours total)

      Students should complete 21 Colonnade hours or have Junior status before enrolling since content builds on
      Explorations and Foundations courses.  Three separate disciplines are required:

                   (a) Social & Cultural (3 hrs)        (b) Local to Global (3 hrs)          (c) Systems (3 hrs)

Note:  All entering students must demonstrate proficiency in a world language at the Novice High level before completing 60 credit hours.  Students may satisfy this requirement by completing a foreign language course at the 102-level with a grade of C or better, or by successfully taking a proficiency exam.

Science and Mathematics Education Major (Ref.  774)  (34 hours)
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Course Descriptions
   SMED 101 (1 hr)       SMED 102 (2 hrs)     SMED 310 (3 hrs)    
SMED 320 (3 hrs)      SMED 340 (3 hrs)     SMED 360 (3 hrs)  
        SPED 330 (3 hrs)         SMED 470 (3 hrs)       
SMED 489  (3 hrs)         MGE 490 (10 hrs)

The courses SMED 489 and MGE 490 (student teaching) are taken concurrently.


Students seeking admission to the SMED program must earn a grade of C or higher in SMED 101 and SMED 102 and meet requirements for admission to Teacher Education.

Personnel in the Office of Teacher Admissions will provide the necessary information for admission into Teacher Education and assist students with the steps in the process. Education majors, as well as transfer students who are education majors, are required to attend an orientation meeting in the semester of their first education class. The information provided at the orientation includes a checklist of requirements and the Professional Code of Ethics that must be met, and dates for completion of the admission process and for applying to student teach. In addition, personnel in this office will maintain records of the necessary components. The Office of Admissions will process the application file and recommend students to the Professional Education Council for admission into Teacher Education. A letter of notification will be sent to the students once they are approved. Students will be encouraged to visit this office at least twice a year to evaluate their files and to check the dates for orientation meetings on the web.

Field Experience Policy

All undergraduate professional education programs require completion of field experiences in appropriate off-campus settings as well as student teaching. The number of required hours of field experiences varies by program; however, a minimum of 75 hours of off-campus field experience is required in professional education courses. In addition, all programs require one 16-week or two 8-week full-time student teaching placements, totaling at least 430 hours. Every effort is made to provide teacher candidates with field experiences in diverse settings (based on socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, language, and exceptionalities of students) in order to ensure that they are prepared to help all students learn. Prior to visiting any school, a student must have on file in the Office of Teacher Services a current TB test, a current physical exam, and a current Kentucky criminal background check. Students are responsible for the expenses incurred in complying with this requirement.

In order to be recommended for initial certification as a mathematics teacher in Kentucky, a candidate must document the following:

1.  Completion of the mathematics teacher preparation program.
2.  Attainment of at least a C in all professional education courses, including SMED 489 and student teaching.
3.  Achievement of at least a 2.75 GPA overall, in each major and minor, and in all professional education courses.
4.  Passing of the Praxis II Specialty Area test (Middle School Mathematics) and the Principles of Learning and
     Teaching: Grades 5 – 9 test.

Residency Requirement

The minimum residence requirement for the bachelor’s degree is 25% of the minimum number of semester hours required in the student’s degree program. At least 16 of the hours counted in meeting the residence requirement must be completed after the semester in which the student has earned a cumulative total of at least 90 semester hours. Exceptions to these regulations may be made for WKU students who have been given permission to transfer credits earned at accredited professional schools to apply as electives toward the degree.

Application for Graduation

All candidates for a baccalaureate degree are expected to apply for graduation immediately after attaining senior status (90 hours earned). Associate degree candidates are expected to apply for graduation after earning 48 hours. The Application for Graduation is available on TopNet under Student Records.

Repeating Courses

An undergraduate student is permitted to repeat a maximum of six courses.  Only two courses in which a grade of “C” or above has been earned may be repeated.
Credit for a course in which a grade of “F” has been received can be earned only by repeating the course in residence unless prior approval is given by the head of the department in which the course was taken. A course in which a grade of “D” has been received may be repeated at another accredited institution. 

A course that has been failed cannot be repeated by independent learning without special permission from the department head.  A student may not repeat by proficiency testing a course which has been previously taken or failed at WKU or another accredited institution. 

If a course is repeated, only the second grade will be counted in computing the grade point average; if the course is repeated a second time both the second and the third grades will be used in computing the grade point average. The grade received for each attempt will continue to appear on the student’s academic record. A student may attempt a single course no more than three times.

Enrollment in Graduate Courses

Undergraduate students may request to enroll in graduate level courses in their major or minor area by submitting an Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses form to the Graduate School. Undergraduate students enrolling in graduate courses must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, may enroll in no more than 15 hours of coursework (graduate and undergraduate combined) in any single semester, and may not enroll in more than 12 hours of graduate coursework while classified as an undergraduate student. Graduate coursework completed as an undergraduate student will be applied to the graduate transcript; however, students may request the coursework be transferred to the undergraduate transcript by contacting the Registrar’s office. Graduate credit hours used to meet the requirements for a baccalaureate degree may not be used toward a graduate degree. Special exceptions to this policy apply for students admitted to a Joint Undergraduate-Master’s Programs (JUMP). 

Dr. David K. Neal, Lead Academic Advisor
Department of Mathematics
COHH 4108
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY 42101