Mathematics degree overview

Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education - KS: Mathematics

This degree program was developed for those who want to teach at the secondary level. You will gain hands-on, in-classroom experiences. Prospective secondary education teachers learn how to identify and be sensitive to the unique needs, challenges and learning styles of diverse student populations.

Through this program, you will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a content area focus. Current focus areas include:
  • Mathematics
Contact an Enrollment Advisor for more information.

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.
For detailed curriculum and more please visit the University Catalog entry for this program.

Secondary Education Licensure Courses

Pre-Professional Education

The Teaching Profession I | EDU 30731
Explores current and future teaching profession. Introduces Ottawa University’s mission and teacher education
program’s conceptual framework. Learn about topics such as reflective inquiry, standards driven classrooms, use of technology, and diversity of learners. Skills assessed in relation to profession.

The Exceptional Child | EDU 31132
Become familiar with various emotional and behavioral disorders, health and physical impairments, and intellectual deviations associated with children (birth through high school age) who are identified as expectional. Addresses strategies for meeting academic, social and emotional needs of these children within the confines of the classroom (including IEPS). Examines criteria for effectively working with administrators, specialists, support personnel, and family who impact the educational experiences of these children. Field experience required.

Educational Psychology | EDU 31233
Designed to acquaint students with knowledge gained from educational psychologists in learning theory and practice, motivation and management, and effective instruction. Meets required competencies in research, teaching methods and materials, media and technology, teaching effectiveness, interpersonal relations, educational ethics, understanding the learner, teaching-learning process, learning styles, and understanding the relationship between school and home. Emphasis placed on understanding methods needed to maintain an effective learning environment through classroom management strategies and motivational techniques.

Foundations of Schools in a Diverse Society | EDU 33035
Provides candidate with understanding of historical, philosophical and social foundations of education in the
United States. Addresses legal and ethical issues. Learn how educational policy is formulated and affects classroom practice. Provides opportunities to learn from a variety of professionals from diverse backgrounds.

Secondary Education Methods and RICA | EDU 34500
Learn to design, implement, and evaluate materials and instructional techniques for early through late adolescent learner. Topics include assessing readability of materials, evaluating student reading skills, teaching vocabulary, comprehension and study skills, working with at risk students, and incorporating writing into curriculum.

Secondary Specialized Methods/Practicum | EDU 34600
Observe, develop, and practice skills under the guidance of a classroom teacher in the student’s major area of interest.

Clinical Practice-Licensure

SEI Methods for ELL II | EDU 44033

Secondary Student Teaching I | EDU 49021
Capstone field experience for secondary pre-service teachers. Gives opportunity to observe and teach in a secondary school setting. Consult Education Department for placement information.

Secondary Student Teaching II | EDU 49022
Capstone field experience for secondary pre-service teachers. Gives opportunity to observe and teach in a secondary school setting. Consult Education Department for placement information.

Content Requirements

Discrete Mathematics | MAT 20043
Discrete Mathematics is an introductory course into mathematical structures that are primarily discrete as opposed to continuous. Such topics to be covered include logic, relations, basic set theory, graph theory, languages, and finite state machines.

Calculus I | MAT 21044
Studies basic notions of a derivative and integral with basic techniques and applications to elementary functions. Emphasis on intuitive understanding and theorem application. Includes computer laboratory component.

Calculus II | MAT 21144
Study of integration techniques of infinite series and applications of derivatives and integrals to a wide variety of geometric, physical and behavioral problems. Includes computer laboratory component.

Linear Algebra | MAT 22043
Introduces algebra and geometry of vectors, matrices and linear transformations. Designed for all students using simultaneous equations and matrices. Also introduces reading and writing rigorous mathematical proofs.

College Geometry | MAT 26043
Introduces the student of mathematics to formal proof using geometric properties. The course explores problem solving strategies using geometry, formal synthetic Euclidean geometry, and informal non-Euclidian geometrics. Prerequisite: A C or better in MAT 21044 Calculus I (or equivalent).

Transition to Higher Mathematics | MAT 30243
Emphasizes the enhancement of the student’s ability to write and comprehend mathematical proof. The course takes a rigorous look at standard methods of proof and their validity.

Probability | MAT 31143
Axioms and theorems of elementary probability, random variables, probability distributions, expectation, mean, variance, moment generating functions of probability distributions, multivariate distributions, and the central limit theorem. Designed to prepare student to take actuarial exam in probability and statistics. Intended for mathematics majors.

Inferential Statistics | MAT 32044
Mathematical Statistics II is the second half of a solid undergraduate treatment of statistical theory. Emphasis is placed on inferential statistics. Topics to be covered include survey sampling, descriptive statistics, parameter estimation, hypothesis testing, two-sample issues, analysis of variance, and analysis of categorical data.

Differential Equations | MAT 33043
Topics include various techniques for finding solutions of differential equations in one variable, general characteristics of solutions of first and second-order equations, boundary value problems, series solution techniques, and systems of linear equations. Studies historical development of the subject and applications to problems in sciences.

Abstract Algebra | MAT 42143
Study of elementary number theory, groups, rings, and fields. Includes induction, fundamental theorem of arithmetic, congruence relations, isomorphism theorems, and quotient structures. Culminates with survey of Galois Theory. 

General Education Requirements

American Experience I | HPS 11053
Introduces the study of American history and its cultural, intellectual, political, economic, religious, racial and diplomatic topics. Emphasis on development of the country from discovery through Reconstruction. [or HPS 31654 Twentieth Century World History]

Principles of Psychology | PSY 12053
Introduces basic elements in understanding human behavior. Emphasis on basic concepts and terminology of psychology including the biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception, history of psychology, growth and development, motivation, learning, measurement and scientific methodology, emotion, personality, abnormal behavior, and psychotherapy.

Intermediate College Algebra | MAT 10443
Emphasizes algebraic skill development such as linear and quadratic equations, rational exponents, radicals and systems of equations. Designed to prepare students for college level mathematics.

Principles of Biology & Lab | BIO 10043
Introduces major biological processes occurring in animals and plants and basic concepts underlying the biology field. Includes corresponding lab. [or PHY 11043 Physical Science & Lab]

Intermediate Writing | ENG 23723
Examines steps of the writing process from sight to insight: perceive, identify, analyze, discover, write, re-write and edit. Critical thinking, library research, peer conferencing, and the art of argument integral to the course.

Courses listed are examples only.  Relevant substitutions may be made with advisor approval.

For detailed curriculum and more please visit the Course Catalog entryfor this program.

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