Mathematics Secondary Education, 8-12
BA - Program Requirements
Melissa Saunier-Arnold, MA, Interim Chair, Division of Education
Goodhue Academic Center, Room 209
Michael Ratliff, PhD, Chair, Division of Science
Fugitte Science Center, Room 212
Geralda Nelson, EdD, Secondary Education Program Coordinator
Goodhue Academic Center, Room 208
John D. LaGrange, PhD, Mathematics Program Coordinator
Fugitte Science Center, Room 112
Full-time Education program faculty: Jennifer Antoniotti-Neal, EdD; Cindy L. Clark, PhD; Geralda Nelson, EdD; Melissa Saunier-Arnold, MA
Full-time Mathematics program faculty: Bonnie Davenport, MA; D. Scott Dillery, PhD; John D. LaGrange, PhD; Michael Ratliff, PhD; Rickie Williams, MA
Education Unit Mission Statement
The mission of the Education Division is to prepare candidates in a Christian learning environment with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to be successful, reflective teacher-leaders in the 21st century.
The secondary education program offers several challenging and rewarding Bachelor of Arts degree programs and one Bachelor of Science degree program that lead to the granting of the Kentucky Provisional Certificate through the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.
- Biology Education 8-12 (BS degree)
- Secondary Education 8-12 program with majors in English, mathematics, or social science (BA degrees)
In addition, there are four P-12 Bachelor of Arts degree programs which can also lead to secondary teaching positions: Art Education P-12, Integrated Music Education P-12, Physical Education P-12, and Physical Education/Health P-12.
Candidates are assigned a content area advisor and work with an education advisor as they progress through their specific content requirements and through the sequential professional education requirements to earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
Mathematics Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Mathematics program is to prepare students: 1) to enter the work force in a mathematics-related position; 2) to enter graduate programs in mathematics; or 3) to teach secondary mathematics content (upon completion of teacher certification requirements).
Some courses taken for the major will simultaneously fulfill general education requirements. Please see the Graduation Requirements (bachelor’s degrees) section of this catalog for information on the general education program.
Education Program Entrance Criteria
As part of the admission criteria for the Education program, candidates must have completed the following required courses with a grade of C or higher:
- Public Speaking (COMM 2103) or equivalent transfer course for Demonstration of Communication competency;
- Writing Studies I (ENGL 1013), unless waiver requirements are met, Writing Studies II (ENGL 1023), or equivalent transfer course for Demonstration of Communication competency; and
- General education mathematics course, unless waiver requirements are met, as determined by the candidate’s general education program.
Program Requirements: 87-90 hours
Along with the general education requirements, students seeking secondary certification with their Mathematics major must complete the program’s prerequisites, professional education requirements, and academic major requirements as indicated.
A. Prerequisites: 7-10 hours
- College Algebra (MATH 1013) is a prerequisite for MATH 1124 and MATH/PHYS/CIS 2713 unless waiver requirements are met – 3 hours
- Precalculus (MATH 1124) is a prerequisite for MATH 2315 and MATH 2503 – 4 hours
- Principles of Psychology (PSYC 1003) is a prerequisite for EDUC 3123 and EDUC 3143 – 3 hours
B. Professional Preparation -- Education: 42 hours
- The Teaching Profession (EDUC 2123) – 3 hours
- Introduction to Educational Technology (EDUC 2713) – 3 hours
- Principles of Lifelong Learning (EDUC 3123) – 3 hours
- The Exceptional Learner (EDUC 3143) – 3 hours
- Fundamentals of Secondary Education (EDUC 3403) – 3 hours
- Curriculum & Methodology in Secondary Schools (EDUC 4433) – 3 hours
- Reading & Writing in the Content Areas 5-9, 8-12 & P-12 (EDUC 3523) – 3 hours
- Measurement & Assessment in Education (EDUC 4103) – 3 hours
- Classroom Management 5-9 & 8-12 (EDUC 4463) – 3 hours
- Supervised Student Teaching (EDUC 4600) – 12 hours
- Practicum (EDUC 4603) – 3 hours
Note: Student teaching candidates must pay a $155 student teaching fee.
C. Academic Major -- Mathematics: 38 hours
1 -- Core Requirements: 26 hours
- Analytic Geometry & Calculus I (MATH 2315) – 5 hours
- Analytic Geometry & Calculus II (MATH 2325) – 5 hours
- Discrete Mathematics (MATH 2503) – 3 hours
- Introduction to Computational Science (MATH/PHYS/CIS 2713) – 3 hours
- Linear Algebra (MATH 3003) – 3 hours
- Probability & Statistics (MATH 3203) – 3 hours
- Calculus III (MATH 3314) – 4 hours
2 -- Foundational Requirements (select one of the following): 3 hours*
- Abstract Algebra (MATH 4113) – 3 hours
- Number Theory (MATH 4203) – 3 hours
- Foundations of Analysis (MATH 4413) – 3 hours
3 -- Modeling Requirements (select one of the following): 3 hours*
- Differential Equations (MATH 3323) – 3 hours
- Engineering Mathematics (MATH/PHYS 4303) – 3 hours
- Mathematical Modeling (MATH 4403) – 3 hours
4 -- Program Electives (select from the following; no more than 3 one-hour courses may be selected): 6 hours*
- Mathematics & Technology (MATH 2301) – 1 hour
- Geometry (MATH 3113) – 3 hours
- History’s Great Problems (MATH 3121) – 1 hour
- History’s Great Mathematicians (MATH 3131) – 1 hour
- Mathematics Education I (MATH 3151) – 1 hour
- Mathematics Education II (MATH 3161) – 1 hour
- Topology (MATH 4123) – 3 hours
- Advanced Calculus (MATH 4513) – 3 hours
*A second course from Group 2 or Group 3 may count as an elective for Group 4.
Note: Candidates seeking secondary certification must take MATH 3113 and either MATH 3151 or MATH 3161.
Exit Assessment -- Education
Graduation requirements for candidates are as follows:
- Minimum 2.75 Cumulative GPA;
- Minimum 2.75 Content/Emphasis Area GPA;
- Minimum 2.75 Professional Education GPA;
- Passing of the appropriate Praxis Principles of Teaching and Learning (PTL) exam and the appropriate content exam(s) as required by state regulation;
- Successful completion of all program requirements and assessments;
- Successful completion of Supervised Student Teaching (EDUC 4600), including all course requirements with positive evaluations; and
- Successful completion of Stage III Exit Portfolio.