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Bachelor of Mathematics Education


The Bachelor of Mathematics Education course is directed towards providing pre-service educational training for teachers. The degree focuses on developing secondary school teachers as critical reflective practitioners with a sound basis of practical teaching skills. In addition, this degree also develops mathematical concepts in a broad range of areas to provide a full Mathematics major in a specialisation of their choice that can be utilised in other community settings. The degree applies an innovative approach to provide students with both the mathematical knowledge/training and the teaching/educational training in an integrated fashion.

Students accepted into the program will study the following areas:

  • Educational Foundation Studies
  • Curriculum & Pedagogy
  • Discipline Studies in Mathematics
  • Teaching & Learning in Mathematics

The degree is structured to allow the integration of university and classroom experience throughout the course. Degree delivery includes lectures, tutorials, seminars and school-based workshops using alternative modes of delivery.

Entry Requirements / Assumed Knowledge

The New South Wales Department of Education and Training requires graduates seeking employment with the Department to have completed Mathematics and any two units of English, or equivalent subjects, as part of their HSC or university studies, to gain registration as a teacher.

Course Requirements

Practical Teaching Experience

The course involves a total of 13 weeks of practical teaching experience and observation in secondary schools.

Prohibited Persons Legislation

Teacher education students must complete a "Prohibited Employment Declaration" before undertaking practical teaching experience as required by the Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998.

Course requirements

To teach Mathematics in NSW Government Schools, students need to have completed a minimum of 12 credit points at 100-level plus 18 credit points at 200-level in Mathematics as part of their teacher training program.

Course Program

Recommended Structure for Odd Year Intake

Year 1 - Autumn Session
EDUF111 Education I 6
MATH187 Mathematics IA Part A 6
STAT131 Understanding Variation & Uncertainty 6

Plus one 6 credit point 100 level Mathematics/Computing elective subject.

Year 1 - Spring Session
EDUT104 Introduction to Teaching/Learning 6
MATH188 Mathematics 1A Part B 6
CSCI114 Procedural Programming 6
Year 2 - Autumn Session
EDUF204 Learners with Special Needs 6
EDIT102 Information Technology for Learning 6


Multi & Vector Calculus



Discrete Mathematics

Year 2 - Spring Session
EDUT204 Professional Mathematics Community I 6
EDUF212 Education II 6


Differential Equations II



Applied Mathematical Modelling

Year 3 - Autumn Session


Research Methods

MATH203 Linear Algebra 6
Plus two 6 credit point 200 level Mathematics/Computing elective subjects.
Year 3 - Spring Session
EDUT304 Professional Mathematics Community II 6
EDUL312 Understanding the Literacy Needs of Adolescents 6


Complex & Group Theory

Plus one 6 credit point 200 level Mathematics/Computing elective subject.
Year 4 - Autumn Session
EDUP301 Issues in Health and Physical Activity 6
EDUT405 Critical Approaches to Curriculum 6
Plus two 6 credit point 300 level Computing/Mathematics elective subjects.
Year 4 - Spring Session
EDUT404 Professional Mathematics Community III 12
INFO301 Secure and Reliable Digital Communications 6

Plus one 6 credit point 300 level Computing/Mathematics elective subject.

Major Study Areas

Mathematics, educational theory and practice.

Professional Recognition

Most states and territories of Australia as well as the UK, Asia and Canada.


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