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Secondary Teaching Option with Certification

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Secondary Teaching Option with Certification (124 Credits)

Mathematics Major Core Requirements

Courses required for the major may not be taken pass/fail, and a 2.0 minimum GPA is required.


Admission to the Major Requirements

  1. Applications for admission to the major are accepted at any time during fall and spring semesters. Decisions are made within ten working days of receipt of application. Application forms are available in the Mathematics Department office.
  2. Applications are evaluated, and admission decided, by a faculty committee.
  3. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
  4. The mathematics core consists of MATH 171, 172, and 220. These courses (or their equivalent for transfer students) must be completed before application.
  5. Students with at least a 2.5 GPA in the mathematics core will be admitted automatically. Those with less than a 2.0 GPA in the mathematics core will normally not be admitted. Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  6. Appeals related to admission decisions are considered by the department chairperson.
  7. Students who are denied admission may reapply after completing at least 12 more credits, whereupon decisions are based on grades in mathematics, science, and computer science courses; cumulative GPA and grade patterns; and a personal interview.
  8. Admitted students whose cumulative GPA or GPA in MATH courses numbered 171 and above falls below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters, or who are academically deficient, are subject to release from the major.
  9. Applications for readmission are handled in the same manner as admission applications for those previously denied.


Teaching and Learning Requirements
Secondary education teacher certification requires a consultation with and advisor from the Department of Teaching and Learning for approval and sequencing of TCH LRN courses.

First Year
First TermCredits
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab4
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
Humanities [HUM]3
MATH 171 [QUAN]4
Second TermCredits
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
MATH 1724
MATH 2202
PSYCH 105 [SSCI]3
Foreign Language, if necessary0-4
Second Year
First TermCredits
ENGLISH 201 [WRTG] or 301 [WRTG]3
MATH 2163
MATH 2732
PHYSICS 201 [PSCI]3
PHYSICS 211 [PSCI]1
Foreign Language, if necessary0-4
Second TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
MATH 301 3
MATH 3153
MATH 3981
TCH LRN 3013
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third TermCredits
(Summer) TCH LRN 3172
Third Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS], Humanities [HUM], or Social Sciences [SSCI]3
MATH 300 [M]3
MATH 3303
MATH 4033
300-400-level MATH Elective3
Second TermCredits
Diversity [DIVR]3
MATH 3203
STAT 360 or 4433
300-400-level MATH Elective3
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
MATH 401 [M]3
MATH 4313
TCH LRN 4643
TCH LRN 4653
TCH LRN 4662
Second TermCredits
ED PSYCH 4683
MATH 432 [CAPS]3
TCH LRN 467 [M]3
TCH LRN 4692
TCH LRN 4703
Fifth Year
First TermCredits
TCH LRN 415 (Student Teaching)16
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