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    Southern Wesleyan University
  Oct 20, 2017
2017-18 Undergraduate Bulletin

Mathematics Education (BS)

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Federal CIP: 13.1311 Mathematics Teacher Education

Mathematics teaches patience, discipline, and step-by-step problem-solving skills. For those with a substantial background in mathematics, a large number of career opportunities are available. Careers that require a very strong background in mathematics are often listed in the top ten best jobs, and the majority of the top fifty jobs involve mathematical reasoning and knowledge according to the Jobs Rated Almanac. There are two mathematical science majors at Southern Wesleyan University: BS in Mathematics, and BS in Mathematics Education. Either of these two majors could prepare you for teaching, graduate school in various mathematical areas, and many professional opportunities such as an actuary, operations research analyst, statistician, research scientist, inventory strategist, cryptologist, robotics engineer, geophysical mathematician, geodesist, civil engineer, and geomatics engineer. Some of these professions require additional work outside of the mathematical sciences. Besides schools, colleges, and universities, some of the employers who hire those with strong mathematical skills are the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Census Bureau, insurance companies, IBM Corporation, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Goddard Space Flight Center, and many others.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mathematics Education are expected to: 

  • be able to discuss the human context of development of mathematics and the relationship of mathematics to the broad human historical, philosophical, and cultural heritage (Development of Mathematics);
  • integrate Christian faith with learning in the mathematical sciences, including approaching current ethical issues in mathematics from a biblical perspective (Integration of faith); 
  • recognize, identify, and use concepts and generalizations of mathematics, including algebra, calculus, discrete mathematics, geometry, and probability and statistics (descriptive and inferential) to solve problems and apply the concepts to real-world examples (Recognizing, identifying and using concepts)
  • reason abstractly, construct logical arguments, and analyze arguments to determine their validity (Mathematical reasoning);
  • competently work with a variety of number systems and represent and interpret graphical information (Using systems and information); and
  • apply a knowledge of curriculum and pedagogy to planning and implementing effective mathematics classes, producing a rich and challenging mathematical experience for their students (Applying curriculum and pedagogy).

Math Education BS Requirements

Specified Core Curriculum

Students earning a bachelor’s degree must complete all Core Curriculum  requirements. The following specific core curriculum course(s) is required.


EDUC 4627 Clinical Experience I  and EDUC 4637 Clinical Experience II  require a B- minimum grade with an overall GPA of 2.75. Admittance into Lock I requires an overall GPA of 2.75.


In addition to core curriculum (40-44 credit hours) and major course requirements, students must complete elective coursework appropriate to their degree. A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education, including elective coursework. Students are strongly encouraged to work with their advisor to identify courses that complement their program area.


Core Curriculum  Requirements  40-44 hrs.

Major Requirements 73 hrs.

Electives 3-7 hrs.


Total: 120 hrs.

Add-On Middle School Content Certificate Program for Secondary Education


There is no additional content required for secondary teachers adding the same content field at the middle level. For add-on not within the same content field, 15 hours in the specified middle school level content or a minor in content area is required.

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