What Is a Bachelor’s in Mathematics for Secondary Education?
Grand Canyon University offers the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics for Secondary Education degree program to prepare aspiring math teachers to pursue a career inspiring and educating adolescent learners. Education is a field that is subject to continual change over time. Graduates will be prepared with the critical thinking and general problem-solving skills to tackle difficult problems from any field and to prepare their own students to do the same. This math teacher degree is a joint initiative of GCU’s College of Education and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Why Earn a BS in Math From GCU?
This bachelor’s degree can be completed through online or on-campus classes. Online classes offer the flexibility necessary for GCU’s diverse student body. All online classes are taught by fully qualified faculty members and adjunct instructors. On-campus classes offer the combined experience of the traditional liberal arts education and opportunities to serve within the local school system both public and private. All on-campus classes are taught by fully qualified faculty members and adjunct instructors. Many faculty members serve as mentors for coursework and professional development as educators.
GCU students benefit from a carefully designed curriculum intended to cultivate clear communication and critical analysis skills. As you pursue your BS in math, you will explore ways of integrating your Christian values and ethical convictions into your intended career path.
With a balanced program of applied and theoretical mathematics and education courses, students complete a solid curriculum of mathematics content while developing the methodological expertise necessary to become effective and skilled secondary educators. The foundational framework for this curriculum is derived from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Content Standards, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Secondary Initial Prep and the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium Model Core Teaching Standards.
How Do I Become a Secondary Education Math Teacher?
This BS in math requires the successful completion of 120 credits. Graduates will demonstrate mastery of these key areas:
- Geometry, algebra, trigonometry and calculus
- Classroom management
- Pedagogical theories and practical teaching applications
- Data-driven instructional methods
- Mathematical modeling
- Discrete mathematics
This math teacher degree program requires the satisfactory completion of a student teaching experience. Student teachers have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a real classroom setting.
What Can I Do With a Bachelor's in Teaching Secondary Education Math?
A Bachelor of Science in Mathematics for Secondary Education can prepare you to pursue a rewarding career teaching adolescents how to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. You might decide to apply for work as a middle or high school math teacher in a public or private educational setting. Other possibilities may include:
- Standardized test developer
- Curriculum consultant
- School administration
- Private tutor
- Graduate student in mathematics
Beyond serving as a math teacher, a BS in math can open many doors in a range of industries. Professionals with a math background are sought after for jobs that may include:
- Risk analyst
- Financial analyst
- Quantitative analyst
Some career paths may require additional educational credentials.
The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics for Secondary Education degree program at GCU leads to initial teacher licensure. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue the secondary education certificate in math and fulfill all state licensure requirements. Graduates will also qualify for the middle grades endorsement.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
Required General Education Courses
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.