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Overview

You love to work with young people and influence them. You have a passion for the study of mathematics. You are enthusiastic and a born leader. You love a challenge. You have a desire to make a difference. You want to inspire students. You were born to teach, coach, mentor, and motivate. You are a problem solver.

If this describes you, then the mathematics secondary education degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's Mathematics Department and Secondary Education Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career as a math teacher.

 

Major Description 

 

As a mathematics secondary education major at NGU, you will spend much of your time solving problems, drawing conclusions and supporting them, teaching lessons in public high schools, and impacting student learning. You will learn about problem solving; reasoning, proof, and research methods; planning and instruction; assessing students and analyzing the results; and how to be a professional teacher, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own teaching career.

By your senior year, you will have mastered your content areas, gained several real-world experiences through field placements, and created a teacher work sample that demonstrates your ability to complete 60 days of student teaching in a public school setting and also impact student learning. 

 

Curriculum

 

The curriculum within the Mathematics Department at NGU begins with foundational courses in calculus and mathematical logic and then progresses to allow you to apply mathematical tools and skills in real-world situations.

As you continue through the program, you will explore the mathematical worlds of physics, computer programming, and computational math. You will finish your degree with a research paper in an area of mathematics that you choose.

Additionally, students in any of the four secondary education majors at NGU will receive a comprehensive program of study that is based on current best practices of educational theory. The program is divided into four specific subjects: English, math, social studies, and Spanish. Each subject area is aligned to courses that lead to teacher certification in the chosen area. 
 

Faculty Strengths

 

The Mathematics Department faculty members are specialized in their field by way of a doctoral degree, master's degree, or specialized certification. Each faculty member also participates in undergraduate research that ranges from computer programming to mathematical coding theory; engages students in the classroom through dynamic lectures; and encourages students to develop their mathematical skills and use their abilities to honor God.

Additionally, faculty members within the Secondary Education Department are experienced professionals who have taught in both the public school setting and at the university level. Members bring a diverse and personal approach to their teaching.  

Tracks / Concentrations

 

There are no tracks or concentrations for this major available at this time.

Electives

 

  • Abstract Algebra
  • Real Analysis
  • Teaching Assistantship

 

Success

Future

Career Opportunities

 

  • Account
  • Banker
  • Children’s Ministry Worker
  • Insurance Agent
  • International School Teacher
  • Missionary
  • Private School Teacher
  • Public School Teacher
  • Statistician
  • Tutor

 

Post Graduate Studies

 

  • Anderson University
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

 

Potential Employers

 

  • Anderson Christian School
  • Beaufort High School
  • Berea High School
  • Boiling Springs 9th-Grade Campus
  • Buford High School
  • Challenger Early College High School
  • Chapman High School
  • Dorman Freshman Academy
  • Eagle River High School
  • Easley High School
  • Greer High School
  • NEXT High School
  • North Central High School
  • South Point High School
  • St. John's High School
  • West Oak High School

 

Learning Experience



Field Placement

Field placement experiences offer students opportunities to observe and participate in practical, real-world settings. Students teach lessons in the public schools during their field placements. These lessons are critiqued by mentors who are experts in their field of study. 

Coursework

In-class activities develop students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills. An emphasis is placed on transferring theory into practice.  

Lesson Planning

Students learn to create lesson plans for their field placements in the public schools. 

Student Teaching

During the final semester before graduation, you will be in a public school every day. During student teaching, our students observe their cooperating teacher; create lessons; complete demographic studies about the school, students, and the community and the ways these entities interact; and teach classes. You will be evaluated on your teaching and receive feedback on your teaching experiences.


 

Courses & Resources

Example Course Sequence

First Year Experience (1 hour)
Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours)
History (3 hours)
Old Testament or New Testament Survey (3 hours)
Calculus I (4 hours)
Calculus II (4 hours)
Introduction to Education (2 hours)
Foundations of Education (2 hours)
Probability and Statistics (4 hours)
Composition and Literature (3 hours)
Physical Fitness and Health (2 hours)
Fine Arts Appreciation (Art, Music, Theater) (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.


Example Course Sequence

Educational Psychology (4 hours)
Adolescent Psychology (3 hours)
Life science course (4 hours)
Calculus III (4 hours)
Probability and Statistics II (3 hours)
Discrete Modelling (4 hours)
Foundations of Higher Math (3 hours)
Foundations of Reading (3 hours)
Integration of Technology (2 hours)
World Religions (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

Example Course Sequence

Linear Algebra (3 hours)
Math Elective (3 hours)
Elective (3 hours)
Classroom Management (3 hours)
Curriculum Development (2 hours)
Physics I (4 hours)
Physics II (4 hours)
The Exceptional Learner (3 hours)
Reading/Writing in the Content Area (3 hours)
History of Faith and Mathematics (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

Example Course Sequence

Foundations of Geometry (3 hours)
Math elective (3 hours)
Math Methods (3 hours)
Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (2 hours)
Open elective (3 hours)
Directed Student Teaching (12 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

Program Objectives

 

  • Become a teacher who is an effective practitioner, caring leader, and lifelong learner.
  • Impact student learning and meet diverse needs.
  • Assess student learning and adjust to differentiate instruction.
  • Mature and grow in the teaching profession.
  • Make a positive difference in the lives of students.

 

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