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2021-2023 - Undergraduate Catalog 
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Mathematics and Special Education Certification, B.S.

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Students completing this dual certification program are eligible to teach in both a mathematics classroom and a special education classroom thereby broadening their job prospects and distinguishing them from the general student population. In addition, as a traditional classroom math teacher, graduates would have the training necessary for effectively dealing with classes in which high numbers of students have Individual Education Plans (IEPs).

A serious national shortage of mathematics (grades 7-12) and special education (Pre-K-12) teachers exists; by 2020 this shortage is expected to reach a critical level, especially in mathematics and science. (U.S. Department of Education, March 2015, Teacher Shortage Areas Nationwide Listing).  Dual certification will cultivate a new creative student audience filling the state-wide deficit of students situated to excel in special education mathematics classrooms further fulfilling the growing workforce needs.


Currently there are four pre-approved concentrations: applied math, statistics, secondary education certification in mathematics, or a dual certification in mathematics and special education. A course of study without concentration is also available. The concentrations allow for a student to complete either a minor or second major in a related discipline or a series of allied electives to explore how mathematics can be applied to other disciplines.

Allied Electives

In general, allied electives are courses numbered 300 or above from ACC, BIO, CHM, CSC, CMPE, ECO, ESS, FIN, MAT, MIS, PHY, SCM, or SWE. Other courses will be considered by the department chair on a case-by-case basis. Students not in the Secondary Certification concentration must complete three allied electives, at least one of which must be from disciplines other than MAT. This requirement is waived for students completing a minor or second major.


Students seeking certification in secondary education must also complete 1 writing course (ENG 114  or ENG 115  ) and 1 literature course (ENG 190  , ENG 243  , ENG 248  , or ENG 250  ).

General Education

General Education Requirements


General Education Requirements Specific for this major:

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