Mathematics/Secondary Certification Major

This major prepares the student to teach mathematics and statistics in a high school setting. A minor is required, and a well-chosen one can increase the job prospects of a future teacher.

Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Arts Degree

University Studies Requirements: 43-44 hrs
(see Academic Degrees and Programs in Bulletin)

University Studies selections must include:

  • Scientific Inquiry, Methodologies and Quantitative Skills:

    • MAT 250 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

    • MAT 308 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II

  • Social and Self-Awareness and Responsible Citizenship:

    • PSY 180 General Psychology

  • University Studies Electives:

    • MAT 309 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III

Note: Certification requires a grade of B or better in one English composition course and a B or better in a University Studies math course, public speaking, and EDU 180 or equivalent course. Additional requirements for admission to teacher education and student teaching must be met. See advisor and/or Office of Teacher Education Services for details.

Required Courses: 17 hrs

  • MAT 100T Freshman Orientation

  • MAT 312 Mathematical Reasoning
    MAT 312 is a University Studies writing intensive course.

  • MAT 335 Matrix Theory and Linear Algebra

  • MAT 517 Foundations of Geometry

  • MAT 550 Teaching Mathematics

  • STA 540 Mathematical Statistics I
    STA 540 is a University Studies technology intensive course.

Required Limited Electives: 9 hrs

Three MAT courses (3 or 4 credit hour) selected from MAT 338 and MAT or STA courses numbered 400 or above including:

  • at least one of the following:

    • MAT 513 Modern Algebra I

    • MAT 516 Introduction to Topology

    • MAT 525 Advanced Calculus I

  • and at least one of the following:

    • MAT 442 Introduction to Numerical Analysis

    • MAT 506 Mathematical Modeling I

    • MAT 524 Boundary Value Problems

    • STA 541 Mathematical Statistics II

  • and an additional course (at least 3 credit hours) selected from MAT 338 and MAT or STA courses numbered 400 or above.

Co-requirement: 3 hrs
One course in computer programming selected from CSC 145, 232, 233, 235 or EGR 140.

Required Minor: 21 hrs

Required for Secondary Certification in Mathematics: 33 hrs

  • EDU 180 Exploring the Teaching Profession

  • EDU 280 Educating for Human Development

  • EDU 380 Inclusive Teaching of Diverse Learners

  • EDU 480 Effective Pedagogy

  • EDU 485 Professional Perspectives for Teaching

  • SEC 420 Practicum in Secondary Schools

  • SEC 421 Student Teaching in the Secondary School

  • SEC 422 Extended Practicum

EDU 180, 280, 380, 480 and 485 require a passing grade of B or better.

SEC 420 and 422 must be taken one semester before student teaching.

Total Curriculum Requirements: 126-130 hrs

See four-year program plans starting with: MAT 150 , MAT 250

Academic plans for this program: B.S. Secondary Certification Major , B.A. Secondary Certification Major

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