Mathematics (B.S.) (Secondary Teaching Certification)

Southwestern Adventist University’s Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences offers three majors leading to teacher certification. These are the Bachelor of Science in Physical Science -Secondary Teacher Certification with concentration in Physics, the Bachelor of Science in Physical Science -Secondary Teacher Certification with concentration in Chemistry and the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Teacher Certification. The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics -Secondary Teacher Certification is done in conjunction with Southwestern Adventist University’s Education Department. Students must make a formal application for admittance to its Teacher Education Program. Completion of the requirements for the Mathematics major in addition to the completion of the Education Department’s Professional Development block of courses for Secondary Teacher Certification is required for meeting the requirements of this Mathematics degree.

Students trained as secondary school teachers of Mathematics will receive the prepa- ration needed to inspire a new generation to pursue a wide range careers in which high-level mathematical skills are crucial. Currently, there is a shortage of graduates with this kind of academic preparation. National interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) areas has highlighted the need for graduates with this kind of academic preparation.

Job Outlook

Employment of high school teachers is expected to grow by seven percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Overall growth is expected due to declines in student-to-teacher ratios and increases in enrollment. However, employment growth will vary by region. It should also be noted that these trends are also in influenced by academic major.

Earnings

Earning potential is also affected by geographic location and by whether one pursues a career in industry, academia or in a government-related organization. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is a part of the United States Department of Labor, reports that the 2012 median pay for high school teachers was $55,050 per year.

Educational Qualifications

Bachelor degree candidates are generally qualified for entry-level positions in most career fields. Getting a graduate or professional degree will significantly increase the earning potential of the holder of a first degree.

To view general education requirements for this major, please visit http://catalog.swau.edu/undergraduate/2016-2017. 

MATH 181 Calculus I ............................................... 4  

MATH 201 Research Methods in Mathematics ...........1

MATH 241 Introduction to Probability and Statistics...3

MATH 282 Calculus II.................................................4

MATH 283 Calculus III .............................................. 4

MATH 321 Differential Equations .............................. 3 

MATH 341 Geometry .................................................... 3

MATH 361 Introduction to Linear Algebra.......................3

MATH 431 Modern Algebra.............................................3

MATH 485 Portfolio ....................................................... 1

MATH   Electives upper division ...................................... 9 

TOTAL: 36

REQUIREMENTS FOR SECONDARY EDUCATION CERTIFICATION

EDUC 254 Intro to the Teaching Profession.....3

EDUC 263 Religion in the SDA School...........3

EDUC 312 Educational Psychology................3

EDUC 326 Exceptional Children ............3

EDUC 350 Educational Technology .........3

EDUC 416 Legal and Philosophical Foundations....3

EDUC 434 Classroom Assessment.............3

EDUC 440 Integrating Learning Styles.............3

EDUC 465 Directed Teaching.......................2

EDUC 475 Directed Teaching........................2

EDUC 485 Directed Teaching..........................2

PSYC 220 Human Growth and Development....3

EDUC 422 Adolescent Psychology...................3

EDUC 450 Teaching in the Secondary School.....3

TOTAL: 39

 

 

 

First Year

First Semester

UNIV 110—Principles of Active Learning..............1

Lab Science Elective ..............................................4

KINA—Physical Activity Elective..............................1

ENGL 121—Freshman Composition......................3

RLGN—Religion Elective .......................................3

MATH 121—PreCalculus ........................................3

TOTAL:​ 15

Second Semester

Lab Science Elective ..................................................4

CSIS 110—Principles of Computer Programming I .....3

COMM 111—Speech ...................................................3

Social/Behav. Sci.Elective ..........................................3

MATH 181—Calculus I ..............................................4

TOTAL:​ 17

Second Year

MATH 282—Calculus II ................................................3

Social/Behav. Sci.Elective .............................................3

MATH 241—Introduction to Probability and Statistics....3

ENGL 220—Research Writing....................................3

EDUC 263—Religion in the SDA School ....................3

KINT 111—Health and Wellness..................................3

TOTAL:​ 18

MATH 283—Calculus III ...........................................3

MATH 341—Geometry ...............................................3

MATH 201—Research Methods in Mathematics..........1

EDUC 254—Introduction to Teaching......................3

RLGN 230—History of S.D.A. Church .....................3

PSYC 220—Human Growth and Development ........3

TOTAL:​ 16

Third Year

MATH 321—Differential Equations............................3

MATH—Upper Division Elective................................3

ENGL—English Literature Elective............................3

RLGN—Upper Division Religion Elective ...................3

EDUC 312—Educational Psychology ........................3

RLGN 101—Christian Beliefs ..................................3

TOTAL:​ 18

MATH 361—Introduction to Linear Algebra .........3

MATH—Upper Division Mathematics Elective .......3

EDUC 326—Exceptional Children .........................3

EDUC 350—Educational Technology ....................3

EDUC 322—Adolescent Psychology........................3

TOTAL:​ 15

Fourth Year

MATH—Upper Division Mathematics Elective ...........3

MATH 431—Modern Algebra ....................................3

EDUC 416—Legal and Phil. Foundations.....................3

EDUC 450—Teaching in the Secondary School.............3

EDUC 440—Int. Learn. Styles into Brain-Based Class....3

TOTAL:​ 15

MATH 485—Portfolio...............................................1

EDUC 434—Classroom Assessment.........................3

EDUC 436—Classroom Management ......................3

EDUC 485—Directed Student Teaching ..................6

TOTAL:​ 13