with Teacher Certification

The USAO Mathematics Teacher Certification Program is offered through the Division of Science and Physical Education and combines liberal arts learning with teacher preparation. Its goal is to prepare individuals to become effective mathematics teachers and obtain an Oklahoma Teaching Certificate in mathematics. This program is a standards-based program, based upon the standards put forth by the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the State Competencies, and the findings from Effective Teacher research. Collectively, these standards and research findings provide the knowledge base for what mathematics teachers should know and do.

Individuals successfully completing this program are qualified to obtain an Oklahoma teaching certificate to teach mathematics (algebra, analysis, calculus, computer science (applied) general mathematics, geometry, statistics, and trigonometry) in grades 5-12. Since USAO teacher certification programs are nationally certified by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) certification in other states is simplified.  It is recommended that certification be initially obtained in Oklahoma prior to seeking certification from another state. 

A program checklist for a degree in math with teacher certification is provided below. Students wishing to pursue a teaching certificate in math should consult Dr. Nancy Warden, math education advisor.

 

Program Requirements

Admission to the Teacher Education Program
Satisfy the Foreign Language Competency Requirement
Satisfy the Professional Portfolio Requirement
Admission to the Professional Trimester
Pass the Professional Education Examination
Overall Grade Point Average 2.5
2.75 Grade Point Average in Certification Area
Successful Completion of Certification Exams

 

Required General Education/Liberal Arts Courses
Computer Proficiency
IDS 1001 Fresh Orientation
IDS 1013 Rhetoric and Public Speaking
IDS 1113 Writing I
IDS 1213 Writing II
IDS 1133 Individual in Contemp Society
IDS 1223 Mathematics in the Modern World
IDS 2013 Foundations of Physical Science
IDS 2023 Foundations of Life Science
IDS 2011 Foundations of Life Science Lab
IDS 2133 American Civilization (History & Government) I
IDS 2143 American Civilization (History & Government) II
IDS 3223 Political & Economic Systems and Theories
IDS 3313 World Thought and Culture to 500 C.E.
IDS 3323 World Thought and Culture from 500 to 1650 C.E.
IDS 4333 World Thought and Culture from 1650 C.E. to Present
IDS 4522 Senior Seminar
PHED 1011 Concepts of Health and Fitness
PHED Any Activity (1 hour)
Artistic Expression, 2 hours


TOTAL HOURS in General Education: 50

 

Required Professional Education Courses

EDUC 2002 Orientation to Teaching
EDUC 2011 Directed Field Experiences I
EDUC 2022 Education of the Exceptional Child
EDUC 2103 Human Development and Learning
EDUC 3102 Educational Psychology
EDUC 3203 School & Society
EDUC 3211 Directed Field Experiences II
EDUC 3343 Educational Media and Technology
EDUC 4442 Classroom Management and Evaluation Theory

*EDUC 4405 Student Teaching
*EDUC 4305
*EDUC 4542 Applied Professional Studies

*Courses must be taken concurrently.

TOTAL HOURS in Professional Education: 34

 

Required Mathematics Courses

MATH 1513 College Algebra
MATH 1613 Trigonometry
MATH 1713 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
MATH 2223 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II
MATH 3233 Linear Algebra
MATH 2243 Calculus III
MATH 4303 Probability & Statistics I
MATH 4403 Probability & Statistics II
MATH 3253 Foundations of Mathematics
MATH 3313 Advanced Euclidean Geometry
MATH 3323 Modern Algebra I
MATH 4463 Teaching Mathematics in Secondary School
MATH 3263 Calculus & Analytic Geometry IV
IDS 2003 Computer Science
PHYS 1301 General Physics Laboratory I
PHYS 2114 General Physics I  

TOTAL HOURS IN CERTIFICATION AREA: 44

MINOR IN EDUCATION

A minor in education is available for a student pursuing a major in Mathematics.  A student must be successfully admitted to the Teacher Education Program to be able to enroll in any 3000 or 4000 level Professional Education course.

19 hours including:

EDUC 2002 Orientation to Teaching
EDUC 2011 Directed Field Experiences I
EDUC 2022 Education of the Exceptional Child
EDUC 2103 Human Growth and Development
EDUC 3102 Educational Psychology
EDUC 3203 School and Society
EDUC 3211 Directed Field Experiences II
EDUC 4442 Classroom Management and Evaluation Theory
MATH 4463 (Methods Course)