Jul 14, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics, B.S., Secondary Education Concentration

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Department Contact:

Chair (Mathematics): Dr. Rachel Wagner, rwagner@francis.edu
Chair (Education): Dr. Stephanie Ivory, sivory@francis.edu, 814-472-2844

Program Description:

The program in mathematics embodies both views of mathematics: one, as the study of abstract structures and hence independent of the physical world; the other, as the cornerstone of all scientific inquiry. The program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics is designed to provide a firm foundation in general principles, offer a broad range of mathematics subject areas, and reveal the ways mathematics can be applied to other areas of study. 

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of diverse areas in Mathematics such as algebra, analysis, and Applied Mathematics;
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply Mathematics and logical reasoning to problem solving including problems in other fields;
  • Read and communicate Mathematics with understanding and clarity.

Estimated Completion Time:

Typically 4 years of full-time study

Progression and/or Retention Criteria:

A student must complete an application for admission and be accepted into the Professional Teacher Preparation Program prior to registering for 300/400 level Education courses.

To be accepted into the Professional Teacher Preparation Program, the candidate must have:

  1. completed no less than 48 credits as required by the PDE
  2. achieved at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA                                                  
  3. achieved no grade lower than C in major and collateral courses
  4. demonstrated proficiency in Basic Skills: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics (SAT exemption, ACT exemption, PAPA, and/or CORE, EDUC 421)
  5. completed at least 6 semester hour credits in college level English
  6. completed at least 6 semester hour credits in college level mathematics
  7. completed EDUC 150  
  8. met with advisor in the Education Department
  9. composed a brief essay (“Why I Want to Pursue Teaching as a Career”)
  10. obtained a letter of endorsement from a faculty member outside the education department.

Teacher candidates seeking certification through the Teacher Information Management System (TIMS) must meet the requirements set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

Capstone Requirement:

Students are required to pass the ETS Mathematics major field exam and complete a senior research project. The requirements can be met by successfully completing MATH 492  Mathematics seminar (1 credit).

Students are required to take EDUC 407 , Education Seminar: Teacher as Reflective Practitioner, which ties to the requirement of Student Teaching (EDUC 451 ).

Total Credits Required:

128 credits minimum

See requirements for Education 

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