Secondary Mathematics Education

Secondary Mathematics Education
Type of Degree: 
Bachelor of Science
Average Time of Commitment/Completion: 
4 years

The Middle Level or Secondary Math major prepares candidates to be state certified to teach math in grades 6-8 or 7-12, respectively. Numerous job opportunities in both public and private schools are available. One hundred percent of those who complete our program pass the state certification tests and find employment immediately following graduation or are accepted into graduate school.

Math teachers accumulate many skills and knowledge (such as curriculum and instruction, and administration) that allow them to move into other career areas. With some additional coursework, math teachers can add the following areas of specialization: English as a Second Language, Special Education, Gifted Education and Math Specialist. With a Master’s degree, teachers can be certified as counselors or as principals.

St. Gregory’s University students in all teacher preparation programs must apply for admission to the Department of Education, complete an application and interview with education faculty. Admission criteria include: an updated Summary of Field Experiences, a written personal Philosophy of Education, successful completion of the St. Gregory’s University course “Foundations of Teaching” ED 3012 (or equivalent), a cumulative GPA of 2.5, Oklahoma General Education Test passing score, “C” or better in required education and/or major (content) courses, five recommendations and completion of Education Major Portfolio to Checkpoint 1.

Examples Of Careers/Jobs That Are Suited To This Major: 
  • The teaching of mathematics at the K-12 level is a high-demand field, and the need is expected to grow in the future. The place to go for explicit career information is the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics homepage.
  • Actuarial science takes mathematics and statistics and applies them to finance and insurance. Actuarial science includes a number of interrelating disciplines, including probability and statistics, finance and economics. Check out Be An Actuary.
  • Computer science is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems. Mathematicians, with their training in logical and precise thinking, are highly prized in this field. See the student section of the Association for Computing Machinery for career advice.
  • Operations research is an interdisciplinary branch of mathematics that uses mathematical methods to arrive at optimal decisions to problems in maximizing or minimizing things like costs or profits. The eventual intention behind using Operations Research is to elicit a best possible solution to a problem mathematically, which improves or optimizes the performance of the system. The group INFORMS is the world's largest society devoted to operations research/management science.
  • Mathematical biology or biomathematics is an interdisciplinary field of study. It models natural and biological processes using mathematical techniques and tools. Results have been applied to areas such as cellular neurobiology, epidemic modelling and population genetics. The education page of the Society for Mathematical Biology links to schools offering biomath degrees along with a description of the coursework needed.
  • Cryptography is the practice and study of hiding information. Cryptography is considered to be a branch of both mathematics and computer science. Not just for spies anymore, cryptography applications include the security of ATM cards and computer passwords.
  • Finance is a field that studies and addresses the ways in which individuals, businesses and organizations raise, allocate and use monetary resources over time, taking into account the risks entailed in their projects. Mathematicians can build models to help explain and predict the behavior of financial markets. Several schools offer Master's degrees in Financial Mathematics. A quick web search will take you to their web pages.
Examples Of This Major’s Core Classes: 

MA 1814 - Pre-Calculus/Analytic Geometry (4 cr.)
MA 2054 - Calculus I (4 cr.)
MA 3014 - Elementary Statistics or equivalent statistics course (4 cr.)
MA 3113 - Discrete Mathematics (3 cr.)
MA 3123 - Linear Algebra (3 cr.)
MA 3413 - History and Philosophy of Mathematics (3 cr.)
MA 3423 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I (3 cr.)
MA 3433 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II (3 cr.)
MA 3263 - Methods of Teaching ML-Secondary Math (3cr)
PY 3113 - Developmental Psychology (3 cr.) or
PY 4113 - Cognitive Psychology (3 cr.)
PY 4132 - Psychology of Students with Exceptions (2 cr.)
TH 3202 - Catholic Perspectives on Education (2 cr.)
ED 3002 - Educational Technology (2 cr.)
ED 3012 - Foundations of Teaching (2 cr.)
ED 3022 - Middle Level Education (2 cr.)
PY 4223- Tests and Measurement (3cr)
ED 4322 - Student Teaching Seminar (2 cr.)
ED 4910 - Student Teaching (10 cr.)

For a complete coursework overview for Middle Level Math Education, download the Program of Study here. >

For a complete coursework overview for Secondary Math Education, download the Program of Study here. >

Special Activities/Opportunities You’ll Experience At St. Gregory’s: 

Each candidate will complete 75 hours of field experience in local school districts prior to student teaching.

Additionally, our students are members of the Teacher Education Association (TEA), a pre-professional organization of students currently preparing for careers in education. Members of the TEA may choose to join either the Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA) or the Student Professional Oklahoma Educators (SPOE). Both organizations offer benefits to teacher education candidates and provide numerous professional development opportunities. Each semester, the TEA has a Meet and Greet to welcome new education majors. Other activities of the TEA include the SGU Christmas Festival and tutoring in local schools.

Our Commitment To You: 

We are proud of the fact that 100 percent of our Math Education program completers pass the state certification tests and find employment immediately following graduation or are accepted into graduate school. We have Math Education alumni from SGU in school districts throughout Oklahoma. Math majors who teach in Oklahoma for five years receive an incentive bonus from the State Regents of Higher Education.

FOR MORE INFORMATION about becoming an SGU Middle Level or Secondary Math Education major, email us at

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