The Mathematics major with Secondary Education Licensure is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in mathematics and a thorough understanding of current teaching methodologies. Candidates who successfully complete the major are eligible to receive an Illinois Professional Educator License that is valid for teaching at the high school level (grades 9-12). An endorsement in middle grades (5 - 8) may be added by passing the appropriate middle grades content test; contact the Division of Education for information.

Important note: Students may not double major in Mathematics with Secondary Education Licensure and Middle Grades Mathematics Education. The middle grades major is a subset of the Mathematics with Secondary Education Licensure major. 

Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics will be able to:

  • solve mathematical problems effectively and efficiently (Content Knowledge)
  • effectively communicate mathematical ideas in writing and orally with clarity and organization (Communication)
  • use technology appropriately to solve mathematical problems (Technology)
  • write mathematical proofs and construct logical arguments (Proofs)
  • correctly use mathematical symbols and vocabulary to express information (Symbols and Vocabulary)
  • integrate mathematics with the Christian faith (Faith-Learning Integration)

Additional Licensure Requirements

Candidates must pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency, the appropriate content area test(s), the teacher performance assessment (edTPA), and all required licensure tests in order to complete their program. Candidates are required to comply with all state requirements that are in place at the time of application for licensure. Consult the Division of Education for specific information.

Optional Additional Endorsement

A candidate may earn the Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) endorsement (an addition to the teaching license) by completing ED 330, ED 352, ED 353, and ED 354, and passing the appropriate Illinois Licensure Testing System exam. Earning this additional endorsement may be a good investment of elective credit hours for interested candidates, since LBS1 is currently a teaching shortage area throughout the state of Illinois. 

Required Courses
CS 120Computer Programming I3
MA 121Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
MA 122Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
MA 221Calculus and Analytic Geometry III4
MA 321Mathematical Statistics I4
MA 331Linear Algebra3
MA 335Differential Equations3
MA 340History of Mathematics4
MA 412Geometry3
MA 420Number Theory3
Supporting Courses
Select one of the following sequences:8
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
General Physics I
and General Physics II
Highly Recommended Courses
Financial Management
Mathematical Statistics II
Professional Education Courses
ED 101Introduction to Teaching2
ED 103Professional Skills for Teachers1
ED 240Foundations of Education2
ED 260XEducational Psychology/Human Development3
ED 306Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
ED 310General Teaching Methods2
ED 311General Teaching Methods Pre-Clinical Experience1
ED 330Introduction to Special Education3
ED 364Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School3
ED 368Secondary Methods Pre-clinical Experience2
ED 380Diversity in Education1
ED 381Diversity Pre-clinical Experience1
ED 413Clinical Practice in the Secondary School12
ED 421Classroom Management1
ED 422Advanced Seminar in Education2
ED 430Educational Research and Assessment2
PSY 337Psychology of Adolescence3
Total Hours87