Mathematics and Special Education Certification, BS
Students completing this dual certification program are eligible to teach in both a mathematics classroom (grades 7-12) and a special education classroom, thereby broadening their job prospects and distinguishing them in the workplace. Shippensburg University is a great place to study to become a teacher because its secondary education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. It also has the only public elementary lab school in the state.
What Will I Learn?
You will complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics while taking education courses and completing field experiences required for certification in both secondary mathematics and special education. This parallel structure with other mathematics concentrations provides a unique level of flexibility in choosing and completing this program. The core of the program comprises the three-semester calculus sequence, discrete mathematics, statistics, linear algebra, abstract algebra, and analysis. All mathematics students also complete at least one course in computer programming. The core of education coursework includes field experiences that culminate in a semester of student teaching, usually including both high school and middle school placements.
What are the requirements for this degree?
All concentrations within the mathematics program require the same core courses in calculus, discrete mathematics, linear algebra, abstract algebra and analysis. With a focus on teaching certification, you must complete specialized mathematics coursework in geometry, mathematical modeling and the history of mathematics, as well as education coursework required for mathematics certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. You must also complete coursework and field experiences required for special education certification.
What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?
- High school math teacher
- Middle school math teacher
- School administrator
- Special education teacher
What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?
Many mathematics courses are taught in a computer classroom to provide hands-on experience with software such as Microsoft Excel, Mathematica, and various classroom-specific technology tools. Many mathematics students are employed by the university to tutor students in lower division mathematics courses.
As you prepare to become a teacher, you will participate in hands-on learning experiences such as:
- Observation of classes in middle schools and high schools
- Observations of physically challenged and exceptional learners
- Student teaching placements