The Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (8–12) at St. Edward’s prepares you to share your passion for math as a teacher. You’ll open students’ minds to the far-reaching impact of this universal language in everyday life. We emphasize hands-on learning through teaching experiences in secondary schools in Austin.
You’ll achieve the flexibility to teach different levels of mathematics, including geometry, statistics, algebra and calculus. After completing a student teaching internship and the required certification exams, you'll be eligible to apply for your Grades 8–12 Mathematics teacher certification in Texas. Once you're certified, you'll be well prepared to teach in secondary classrooms.
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (7–12)
As a BA in Mathematics major, you’ll explore different teaching models and methods for helping students master math concepts and principles that prepare them for their SATs and college-level math. You’ll learn to design lesson plans and sample math problems, present subject material, and integrate technology into your teaching approach. And 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 high 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 seventh- to twelfth-grade classrooms after successfully completing the specified certification requirements. Advanced degrees are required for teaching positions at the college level.
For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).
I. FOUNDATION COURSES (18 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 (12 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating the Arts
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Depth
IV. CORE COURSES (35 CREDIT HOURS):
• Calculus I, Lab
• Calculus II
• Discrete Mathematics
• Calculus III
• Linear Algebra
• Differential Equations
• Advanced Calculus
• Applied Statistics
• Probability and Theory of Statistics
• Research Methods
• Abstract Algebra
Choose 1 hour minimum of electives
V. SUPPORTING COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS):
• History and Philosophy of Science
VI. REQUIRED MINOR IN TEACHER EDUCATION (27 CREDIT HOURS):
• Foundations in Education
• Learning Processes and Evaluation
• Adolescent Psychology
• Introduction to Special Education
• Educational Technology Integration
• Secondary Instructional Methods and Classroom Management
• Curriculum and Evaluation in the Secondary School
• Content Area Literacy
• Literacy Assessment for Diverse Populations
VII. INTERNSHIP (6 CREDIT HOURS):
• Student Teaching in the Secondary Classroom
VIII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)
IX. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.
* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.
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.