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Secondary Education Mathematics (BS)

Major Requirements

Course Requirements

Content Area Courses

Math Core: 28 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Math courses must be taken in sequence (i.e. 150 is followed by 151, 160 is followed by 161, etc.). Consult your advisor for a full list of sequences and prerequisites. Note: The secondary mathematics content advisor will collaborate with you to design and schedule your mathematics content course sequence. 

Course Title Quarter Hours
MAT 150CALCULUS I5
or MAT 160 CALCULUS FOR MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE MAJORS I
MAT 151CALCULUS II5
or MAT 161 CALCULUS FOR MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE MAJORS II
MAT 152CALCULUS III5
or MAT 162 CALCULUS FOR MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE MAJORS III
Select one of the following options:4
MAT 215
INTRODUCTION TO MATHEMATICAL REASONING
MAT 140
MAT 141
DISCRETE MATHEMATICS I
and DISCRETE MATHEMATICS II (Discrete Mathematics Sequence)
MAT 260MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS I4
MAT 261MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS II4
MAT 262LINEAR ALGEBRA4
Computer Science Language: 4 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one of the following:4
IT 130
INTRODUCTORY COMPUTING FOR THE WEB
Any CSC 200 level course
Algebra and Geometry Core: 16 quarter hours required, grade of C onon-tuition, PA grade requiredr better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
MAT 310ABSTRACT ALGEBRA I4
MAT 311ABSTRACT ALGEBRA II4
or MAT 303 THEORY OF NUMBERS
MAT 320GEOMETRY I4
MAT 321GEOMETRY II4
or MAT 335 REAL ANALYSIS I
Probability and Statistics Core: 4 quarter hours required, grade ofnon-tuition, PA grade required C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
MAT 348APPLIED STATISTICAL METHODS4
or MAT 351 PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS I
History of Math Core: 4 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
MAT 301HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS4

Introductory Courses: 20 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
SCU 207SOCIAL AND HISTORICAL ISSUES IN EDUCATION4
SEC 364METHODS: CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS4
SEC 313THE NATURE OF MATHEMATICS4
SEC 323INQUIRY & APPLICATION IN DEVELOPING SECONDARY MATHEMATICS PEDAGOGY4
SCU 336ADOLESCENT AND ADULT GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT4
or SCU 337 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Advanced Courses: 28 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 346STRATEGIES FOR MAINSTREAMING AND INCLUSION4
SEC 325LITERACY IN THE CONTENT AREAS4
SEC 373TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 14
SEC 383TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 24
SCU 351DOING CRITICAL PRACTITIONER RESEARCH IN EDUCATION 14
SEC 395ASSESSMENT ISSUES IN SECONDARY EDUCATION4
BBE 301TEACHING ADOLESCENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS AND DIALECT SPEAKERS ACROSS THE CURRICULUM4

Bachelor of Science Requirements: 4 quarter hours are required

  • 4 additional quarter hours in natural or computer science. Please consult your advisor for approval of appropriate natural and computer science courses.

Open Electives: 4 quarter hours are required

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours. The following cannot be used to fulfill an open elective: WRD 98, MAT 94, and MAT 95.

Student Teaching: 10 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures indicated in the college core section. EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete. All students also take SEC 387, Capstone Seminar with student teaching (listed in the Liberal Studies section).

Course Title Quarter Hours
SEC 390SECONDARY STUDENT TEACHING10
EDU 95CLINICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH (non-tuition, PA grade required)0

Licensure Tests

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license. Secondary Education Mathematics majors must complete the following tests:

  • Mathematics Content Area Test (test #208) – assesses knowledge of both the processes and applications of mathematics. Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.

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