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Teaching Secondary School Mathematics

Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education currently accredits over 500 teacher education programs across the United States, including that at Roosevelt University.

The Occupational Handbook of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics describes the qualifications for teachers. In addition to being knowledgeable in their subject, the ability to communicate, inspire trust and confidence, and motivate students, as well as understand their educational and emotional needs, is essential for teachers. Teachers must be able to recognize and respond to individual differences in students, and employ different teaching methods that will result in high student achievement. They also should be organized, dependable, patient, and creative. Teachers must also be able to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with other teaching staff, support staff, and parents and other members of the community.

All 50 States and the District of Columbia require public school teachers to be licensed. Requirements for regular licenses vary by State. However, all States require a bachelor's degree and completion of an approved teacher training program with a prescribed number of subject and education credits and supervised practice teaching. Roosevelt University is authorized to certify approved graduates of its secondary education program to teach in Illinois.

Both the B.S. and the B.A. in mathematics can be used as preparation. The B.S. involves additional requirements in a closely structured set of program requirements but may enable certification endorsement to teach a particular science in addition to mathematics. A professional sequence of seven courses (24 semester hours) in Education is required for Certification to teach in Illinois. Students should consult their advisor in mathematics and in secondary education.

Mathematics Major with a Minor in Secondary Education

Requirements for the Major for the Bachelor's Degrees in Mathematics

  • College algebra and Precalculus (Check with an advisor if you had these in high school.)
  • Introduction to Computer Programming (second course recommended)
  • Calculus I, II and III
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Linear Algebra
  • Analysis

and five additional courses as follows:

  • Statistics is required at either the elementary or the advanced level.
  • Mathematical Modeling or an approved modeling course
  • History of Mathematics
  • Geometry
  • Number Theory or Abstract Algebra.

These courses will meet the requirements of the State of Illinois, the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Mathematical Association of America. Further information on these Professional Organizations is available.

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M.A. in Secondary Education

Graduate students planning to teach often enroll for an M.A. in Education. If you plan to teach mathematics in secondary school then Roosevelt University is authorized to prepare you in both professional education and mathematics so that you can be recommended for Certification by the State of Illinois. The mathematics preparation may include mathematics taken as an undergraduate (even a mathematics major) but the complete program would have to parallel the Roosevelt University undergraduate Mathematics major with courses recommended by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The program usually includes mathematics courses taken at Roosevelt University.

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B.A. in Elementary Education

Students earning a B.A. in Elementary Education are required to have a concentration in an academic area. A concentration in Mathematics would include fifteen to eighteen semester hours of courses at the 100, 200, and 300 levels. Particular courses are recommended from the NCTM lists depending upon current offerings and the student's background.

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