Secondary Education - Mathematics Concentration

Secondary Education - Mathematics Concentration Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.)

About Secondary Education Mathematics Concentration

Teach students problem-solving skills with a bachelor's degree in mathematics education.

Teach students problem-solving skills with a bachelor's degree in mathematics education.

Meet the growing demand for mathematics teachers and start a rewarding career by pursuing a bachelor's degree in secondary education with a mathematics concentration at PennWest California.

This comprehensive undergraduate degree program meets all education requirements for Pennsylvania teaching certification while giving you the skills and experience you need to be an effective classroom leader.

PennWest California has a great reputation in teacher training.

  • PennWest California has over 165 years of experience producing top educators in Pennsylvania.
  • PennWest California's relationship with local Pennsylvania schools provides top-quality fieldwork and student teaching opportunities.


Experienced Professors
Our expert secondary education faculty members have real-world experience teaching in middle and high school classrooms, and doctorate degrees in their fields. They are actively involved in local Pennsylvania schools and incorporate the most up-to-date advances in teaching into their courses.

Hands-on Teaching Experience
PennWest California secondary education students excel as classroom teachers and stand out in the job market because they c
omplete three fieldwork experiences in local classrooms before embarking on the student teaching component of this program.

Top Accreditation: This  degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits PennWest California. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.


Average annual salary for secondary education teachers in Pennsylvania. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
PennWest California was named one of Pennsylvania's "Best Colleges Shaping the Next Generation" in 2013 by
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Degree Benefits

Discover the many advantages of an affordable secondary education bachelor's degree from PennWest California.

  • Study mathematics curriculum development techniques.

  • Learn top strategies in classroom management.

  • Master classroom technology for teaching mathematics and how to build connections to STEM.

  • Deepen your knowledge of calculus, linear and abstract algebra, statistical analysis, geometry, and other related topics.

  • Gain real-world teaching experience in Pennsylvania classrooms.

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Graduate Outcomes

Graduate prepared to teach secondary education mathematics at public, private and charter schools. Many of our students also go on to pursue graduate studies in secondary education, often at PennWest California. Our alumni have rewarding teaching careers in schools throughout Pennsylvania and across the country.

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Student Success Story

Meet secondary education program alumna Carey M. Noonan '05. She currently tutors students from across the United States via an instant messaging chat interface. She also helps to develop new mathematical content and coursework for students in school districts across the country.

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Course Spotlight: Methods of Mathematics

Crack the code of teaching mathematics to middle and high school students in this enlightening course that focuses on proven instruction techniques for general mathematics, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics.

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Prepare for Career Success

Our program graduates stand out in job interviews thanks to the hands-on teaching and research projects they complete at PennWest California. Our alumni have the applicable skills and knowledge they need to make a difference in their classrooms and the career support they need to find their dream teaching jobs.

Mathematics Concentration Secondary Education Bachelor's Degree Courses

This undergraduate degree program meets all education requirements for teaching certification in Pennsylvania. Our rigorous courses are constantly evolving to equip you with the latest theories and practices in the fields of mathematics and mathematics education.


Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I 
Public Speaking
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 199  Pre-Calculus
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
EDU 333  Technology in Teaching and Learning 
ESP 210  Special Education Foundation and Collaboration 
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
Any Natural Sciences Course with Lab
3 or 4
Social Sciences
PSY 100  General Psychology
Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis
EDU 310  Teaching in a Multicultural Society
General Education Options
  • PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology 
  • MAT 281  Calculus I
  • Approved U.S. or British Literature Course
Required Concentration Courses 39
SEC 210  Intro to Secondary Ed 3
SEC 220  Standards-based Instruction 3
SEC 310  Instructional Strategies 3
SEC 350  Content Area Literacy 3
SEC 360  Technology Integration 3
SEC 394  Teaching of Mathematics  3
SEC 400  Classroom Management 3
SEC 420  Assessment and Interventions 3
SEC 460  Professional Practices 3
SEC 461  Student Teaching 12
Required Education Foundation Courses* 6
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Interventions 3
ESP 413  Evidence-Based Practices 3
Related Content Courses 36
MAT 272  Discrete Mathematics 3
MAT 281  Calculus I 3
MAT 282  Calculus II 3
MAT 290  Technology for Math 3
MAT 303  Geometry 3
MAT 304  History of Mathematics 3
MAT 305  Theory of Equations 3
MAT 341  Linear Algebra 3
MAT 351  Abstract Algebra 3
MAT 381  Calculus III 3
MAT 400  Mathematical Modeling 3
MAT 461  Statistical Analysis I 3
MAT Elective (200 level or higher) 3
Total 121

Additional requirements not counted toward the General Education requirements and included in this program are:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): SEC 461 Student Teaching
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): SEC 420 Assessment and Interventions AND SEC 460 Professional Practices
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): Student Selected (science recommended)

* EDU 333, 310, 350; PSY 206; and ESP 210 fulfill general education requirements but are also considered "Required Education Foundation Courses."

Program Notes: This is a professional program. All courses listed as program requirements must be passed with a grade of C or higher. Math and English courses must also be passed with a grade of C or higher. Many SEC courses are linked to include field experiences and must be taken together as co-requisites. LiveText software is a requirement of this program.

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