The Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (4–8) at St. Edward’s prepares you to engage students in the wonders of math — from calculating percentages to circumferences to algebraic equations. We emphasize hands-on learning through teaching experiences in middle schools in Central Texas.
You’ll achieve the flexibility to teach different levels of mathematics, including algebra, geometry, calculus and basic math. After completing a student teaching internship and the required certification exams, you'll be eligible to apply for your Grades 4–8 Mathematics teacher certification in Texas. Once you're certified, you'll be well prepared to teach in elementary and middle school classrooms.
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (4–8)
As a BA in Mathematics major, you’ll explore different teaching models and develop methods for encouraging students’ interest and success in math. You’ll learn to design lesson plans and sample problems, present subject material and integrate technology into your teaching approach. You’ll gain skills in assessing student learning, managing classroom behavior and interacting with parents.
Students select this degree with the goal of teaching in middle schools. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and teaching fieldwork — fully prepares you for your student teaching internship and certification exams.
With a BA in Mathematics, graduates may teach mathematics in middle school classrooms after successfully completing the specified certification requirements. Advanced degrees are required for teaching positions at the college level.
In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Mathematics majors take courses from these groups:
Students who major in mathematics complete core courses, which include Linear Algebra, Applied Statistics, Calculus, and Discrete Mathematics.
BA in Mathematics majors complete required minor courses in Teacher Education, which include Foundations in Education, Learning Processes and Evaluation, and Educational Technology Integration.
You will have 80 to 120 hours of teaching experiences in the field, which include one-on-one, small-group and whole-class settings.
STUDENT TEACHING INTERNSHIP
After completing your field experience hours, you will undertake a 13-week student teaching internship in a culturally diverse school in Central Texas.
A research experience culminates the degree in Mathematics. This includes a two-course sequence in research methods and a seminar course, in which you’ll present either the results of your original research or a review and analysis of previously published research. Many students also opt for a third course that includes active research with a publication-grade paper.
View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (4–8).
In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.