Mathematics Major, Secondary Education Certification
Secondary Education Certification
Degree BS or BA, Mathematics
Department Chair Patrick Touhey, PhD
The secondary education program in mathematics (MTH/SECED) is designed to prepare junior high school and secondary school teachers of mathematics. The MTH/SECED program has been continually refined to keep pace with developments in the profession. It is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and leads to a teaching certificate valid in Pennsylvania (grades 712) and is transferable to many other states. A unique aspect of the program is that it prepares teachers to effectively deal with students with disabilities who are likely to be included in their classes.
Effectively, students majoring in MTH/SECED must complete two majors, one in teacher education and one in mathematics. Accordingly, students have two academic advisors who cooperate to keep students on track. Each semester they must meet with both of them. Pre-service teachers in MTH/SECED must successfully complete the liberal arts core curriculum, a series of generic teacher education department (TED) courses and field experiences, the courses and experiences required by the SECED specialization, and a content area major in mathematics.
MTH/SECED majors must satisfactorily complete a series of field experiences that begin during the second semester of the first year and continue every semester until graduation. By graduation, our pre-service teachers will have spent at least 700 hours in community classrooms. During students' final semester, they must complete a 15-week student teaching assignment in two separate placements. All field experiences and teaching assignments are arranged by the university. Transportation to and from field experience and student teaching assignments is the responsibility of the student.
Students who successfully complete the MTH/SECED program are eligible for recommendation by the university to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for state teacher certification. The university's recommendation and the successful completion of other requirements established by the state, including meeting the pass scores specified by the state on the national teacher examination, qualify graduates for an "Instructional I" certificate. Once certified in Pennsylvania, our graduates usually have no difficulty becoming certified in other states.