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Mathematics (4–8)

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)

Overview:

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.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics

• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth

IV. CORE COURSES (37 CREDIT HOURS):
• Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
• Geometry for Elementary Teachers
• Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
• Precalculus
• Calculus I, Lab
• Calculus II
• Discrete Mathematics
• Calculus III
• Linear Algebra or Differential Equations
• Applied Statistics
• Upper division elective
• Content Area Literacy
Electives
Choose 2 hours minimum of electives

V. REQUIRED MINOR IN TEACHER EDUCATION (24 CREDIT HOURS):
• Foundations in Education
• Learning Processes and Evaluation
• Introduction to Special Education
• Adolescent Psychology
• Educational Technology Integration
• Secondary Instructional Methods and Classroom Management
• Curriculum and Evaluation in the Secondary School
• Content Area Literacy
• Literacy Assessment for Diverse Populations

VI. INTERNSHIP (6 CREDIT HOURS):
• Student Teaching in the Middle School Classroom

VII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VIII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.

Opportunities

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.

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