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Education: Concentration 6-8 Middle School (Math)

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Why Education: Concentration 6-8 Middle School (Math) at APSU?

In this department, you will have the opportunity to interact in classes with peers who are pursuing similar licenses and with instructors who have been classroom teachers, principals, and curriculum supervisors. All of our professional educators have had extensive classroom teaching experience. Throughout your educational program, you will have the opportunity to work in public schools during field placements with classroom practitioners on various levels and in varied settings. The College of Education at Austin Peay State University has an enduring reputation for training teachers. Our programs and courses offer an intimate setting with the sophistication of a global nature regarding the interaction opportunities that you will have with fellow students.

We have dynamic and experienced faculty, and Middle Grades Mathematics majors at Austin Peay are mentored and taught by professors from both the College of STEM and the College of Education. Significant scholarships are available, in addition to positions on campus working in supplemental labs. Students in this program receive licensure to teach in middle school mathematics, a high demand field.  


What Will I Learn?

Students will have classes in both mathematics and education. Classes are varied and include subjects such as calculus and statistics. Students will also have opportunities to work in many local schools in various field experience placements.

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.


The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. 


What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Organizations and honor societies in which students can engage are the Galois Mathematics Club, Pi Mu Epsilon, and the future mathematics teachers club.


APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Some examples of HIP experiences in the middle grades mathematics program include service learning classes, field experiences, and study abroad opportunities. Students can complete their Math 1530 in a study abroad that involves volunteering in a school in Jamaica.


What Do Education: Concentration 6-8 Middle School (Math) Majors Do After Graduation?

Students pursuing the middle grades mathematics major will be licensed to teach in a middle school mathematics classroom upon completion of the program requirements and assessments. Many graduates also go on to complete their masters degree with a specialization in mathematics education.


  • Elementary School Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Non-Profit Sector
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Government Agencies
  • Principle


Professional Licensure Disclosure

Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. Licensing agencies or boards also may have requirements in addition to an earned degree. APSU has not made a determination whether APSU’s programs will meet all of the licensure and certification requirements in each US state or territory.  APSU recommends that students who are not Tennessee residents or who plan to seek licensure or certification outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency or board before they enroll in an academic program designed to lead to licensure or certification and discuss their plans with an advisor.

Please visit the Professional Licensure Disclosure webpage to review specific licensure information for your state and academic program.