Mathematics 7-12, Educator Preparation Program

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Application Deadline

Students seeking matriculation for the fall semester must submit a completed application by July 1 and for spring semester must complete the application by November 1.

Secondary School Mathematics Teacher Certification

The certification program in secondary school mathematics is designed to accommodate a wide range of professionals. Depending upon their background, candidates in this program complete a sequence of mathematics and professional courses which will include a student teaching practicum. Students wishing to teach under a Durational Shortage Area Permit (DSAP) must first complete a minimum of 21 credits of mathematics courses in the certification program.

Admission Requirements

Please refer to the section on "Admission to Teacher Certification Programs" in the beginning of this catalog. Candidates must (1) hold a bachelor 's degree from an accredited college or university including 39 semester hours of liberal arts courses, and (2) must have a knowledge of precalculus mathematics: college algebra and trigonometry. This latter requirement can be met by taking appropriate courses or can be waived by achieving a satisfactory score on the University Placement Examination.

A personal interview with faculty from the Graduate Mathematics Program is required. In addition, students must submit two letters of recommendation and an application essay. 

Program Sequence  - 70 Credits

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

*Students must earn a "B-" or better in at least half of the math courses counting towards their degree.

Required Courses
MAT 150 – Calculus I (must earn a grade of "C+" or higher) – 4 credits
MAT 151 – Calculus II (must earn a grade of "C+" or higher) – 4 credits
MAT 250 – Foundations of Mathematics: An Introduction  – 3 credits
MAT 300 – History of Mathematics – 3 credits
MAT 360 – Foundations of Geometry – 3 credits
MAT 378 – Discrete Mathematics – 3 credits
MAT 405 – Elementary Mathematics from an Advanced Standpoint – 3 credits
MAT 408 – Technology for Teaching Secondary Math Education – 3 credits
MAT 525 – Probability and Statistics – 4 credits
MAT 573 – Algebraic Structures I – 4 credits
CSC 152 – Computer Programming I – 3 credits
EDU 316 – Child Development and Psychology for Educators – 3 credits
SHE 203 – School Health – 3 credits
SED 482 – Teaching Exceptional Students in Secondary Classrooms – 3 credits
EDF 520-526 (choose once) – 3 credits
HIS 110-112 (choose one) – 3 credits
IDS 470 – Literacy in the Content Areas – 1.5 credits
IDS 471 – English Language Learners in the Classroom – 1.5 credits
MAT 490 – Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School – 3 credits
MAT 494 – Student Teaching-Mathematics – 9 credits
MAT 496 – Service Learning for Mathematics Education – 3 credits

Candidates who have an undergraduate degree in mathematics must take at least two mathematics courses beyond calculus, selected in consultation with the Certification Coordinator. In addition, all candidates will need the following courses:

All certification candidates are required to pass the Praxis® II examination in mathematics before they can be allowed to student teach.