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Mathematics – Certification in Secondary Education (7-12)

Mathematics – Certification in Secondary Education (7-12)

From financial planners to architects, and data scientists to biomedical engineers, they all have one thing in common: a solid foundation in mathematics. The mathematics – certification in secondary education (7-12) program sets students up for success so they can pursue careers to help families become more financially stable, design safer environments and develop health care products so people can have a better quality of life.

School of Education

The mathematics – certification in secondary education (7-12) program is part of the School of Education. Rigorous programs and close interaction with acclaimed faculty ensure that graduates leave the Mount ready to make a difference in a rapidly changing educational environment.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Program
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the major and certification.

In the mathematics – certification in secondary education (7-12) program, you’ll major in mathematics while also gaining knowledge and practical classroom experience on the education side.

In the major, you’ll study discrete mathematics dealing with sets and graphs, as well as algebra, statistics and calculus. Additionally, you’ll have the option to learn about geometry, probability, operations research, and graph and elementary number theory through electives.

To prepare you for secondary education certification, you’ll gain an understanding of learning theory and human development, reading processes, methods of research, educational policies, and lesson planning and assessment.

The program culminates with an internship and professional seminar, enabling you to practice the skills you’ve developed in real-world situations. After certification, you’ll be able to teach to students from seventh to 12th grade. You’ll prepare them for college and beyond, teaching them skills that form the basis of a vast number of careers in STEM and how to apply math to everyday needs, as well as more specific areas such as calculus, statistics or algebra if you choose.

These programs in English and mathematics lead to certification in grades seven through 12. Each student who plans to teach at the secondary level must have a content area major.

An advisor in the Division of Education will be assigned upon the student’s admission to a teacher education program, though the primary advisor resides in the major department. The student is responsible for knowing and meeting the requirements and deadlines for internship, program completion and certification, as well as all graduation requirements of the major department and of the university. The Maryland approved programs in secondary teacher education meet requirements for certification in other states. Students are advised, however, to consult certification requirements in states of interest early in their study.

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About the minor.

If you’re interested in the field of education but don’t necessarily want to pursue a teaching career, or if you’d like to complement your major by studying topics that are important to educators, you may want to consider an education minor. Through these courses, you’ll gain a broad understanding of educational policies, learning theories, and the societal impacts of education, among others.

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