Mathematics with Secondary Ed. Certification
Students seeking certification in secondary education in mathematics are advised to enroll in Mercyhurst's "4+1" program. In this plan, the student earns a Bachelor's degree in mathematics in four years and then immediately enters a one-year Master's program. The coursework during the first four years will be the same as that listed under mathematics major, with the addition of an education course during the student's senior year. It is worth noting that a student who completes these course requirements will receive a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics even if they decide not to continue into the fifth year of the 4+1 program.
The Mathematics Education program at Mercyhurst University follows a two-step process designed to give students strong content knowledge before they master the pedagogical tools necessary to become expert teachers at the secondary level (grades 7-12). In completing this program the student earns a master’s degree in addition to the completion of a bachelor’s degree.
Students interested in the program will first pursue a B.A. in Mathematics, by complying with the requirements outlined herein. Upon completion of the undergraduate mathematics degree, the student may then enroll in the Master of Science in Secondary Education: Pedagogy and Practice program (see Graduate Programs Catalog). Teaching certification is not earned until the completion of the master’s degree.
A unique benefit of our program is that students intending to complete their undergraduate mathematics degree at Mercyhurst may seek enrollment in the 4+1 program, in which they can complete the master’s degree under an intensive, one-year curriculum. This 4+1 program allows students to earn a B.A. in Mathematics, earn an M.S. in Secondary Education, and become certified to teach at the secondary level, in a five-year period.
Upon completion of the fifth year of study, the student will earn a Master's degree in secondary education and meet the Pennsylvania teacher certification requirements. To obtain certification the student must meet all of the requirements outlined in the Education Division section of the college catalog.
See the Course Catalog (PDF) for further details.