Dec 03, 2021  
2021-2022 Governors State University Academic Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Governors State University Academic Catalog

Mathematics, B.A. with a Concentration in Teacher Education


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The curriculum for the College of Arts and Sciences  undergraduate major in Mathematics with a teacher education concentration provides a balance between theoretical and applied study, with the general objective of providing students with a substantial and broad background in mathematics that affords opportunities to develop skills in logical thinking, problem analysis, problem-solving, and computer usage for students interested in a career in teaching Mathematics at the secondary level.

Teacher Licensure

This program approved by the Illinois State Board of Education, leads to the Initial Secondary License qualifying students to teach Secondary Mathematics. Students who major in mathematics with a concentration in secondary education may obtain an endorsement that prepares them for teaching in the middle school. Students wishing to pursue this endorsement must take three hours of methods related to the middle school. Students should contact their advisor for specific course requirements.

Recommendation for an Illinois State Board of Education teaching license requires passage of the Subject-Matter Knowledge examinations of the Illinois Licensure Testing System, and the national education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).

Students must meet other requirements for licensure through approved programs listed in the Licensure of Teachers and Other School Professionals  section in the catalog.

Admission to Mathematics Teacher Education

In addition to meeting all university admission requirements for undergraduate students, applicants must meet the following requirements to continue in the program:

  1. have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher in all lower division courses applied to the degree program;
  2. submit a word-processed essay not to exceed 300 words explaining why the applicant wishes to be a teacher;
  3. complete EDUC-2310  ( or equivalent) with a grade of “B” or better; and
  4. Attend Secondary Education Orientation.

All candidates for Illinois teacher licensure at Governors State University are required to submit to a criminal background check prior to their initial field experience in the schools. For more information on this testing visit www.certifiedbackground.com. Consult with your advisor for information concerning the related GSU policies and procedures.

Student Progress

The faculty monitors and evaluates candidate progress continually. The section, Licensure of Teachers and Other School Professionals , in this catalog provides a general description of the standards used to evaluate candidate progress. A more detailed statement of the standards and processes followed by the secondary education faculty is available in the Secondary Education Student Handbook.

Conditional Continuation

The faculty may permit a candidate to continue conditionally. In such cases, faculty reviews of the candidate’s records identify evidence that the candidate will likely be successful in the program. The status of all candidates allowed to continue under conditions is reviewed by the faculty each term, and the candidates are informed in writing of the conditions necessary for them to be transferred to good standing status. When conditions are met, the candidate is informed in writing of the transfer to good standing status. A candidate may not be admitted to student teaching without being in good standing status.

Admission to Student Teaching

Candidates must apply for admission to student teaching before enrolling in EDUC - 4999 Student Teaching: Senior Capstone (12) . An application for admission to student teaching must be submitted to the Director of Educator Preparation in the College of Education. The application must be submitted by December 1 for the fall term and March 1 for the spring term proceeding the academic year in which the student intends to teach. Student teaching is not offered in the summer term. This application for student teaching will certify that the student applying has or will have met the following requirements:

  1. completed at least 48 hours of general education requirements with a G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher;
  2. completed professional education course requirements, except student teaching, including a minimum of 100 clock-hours of field experience with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher, with a grade of “C” or better in each course, and EDUC-4360  and EDUC 4370  with a grade of “B” or better;
  3. must have completed methods courses no more than two years prior to the commencement of student teaching;
  4. have no more than six hours remaining to be completed in the major in which the student is enrolled with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher and completed all courses with a grade of “C” or better;
  5. met all state requirements applicable to the subject matter area(s) in which the student will teach as outlined in Section IX, Staff Qualifications of the Illinois State Board of Education publication, Minimum Requirements for State Licensure;
  6. submit evidence of having passed the Mathematics content area exam of the Illinois Licensure Testing System; and
  7. received a positive recommendation from the Secondary Education Student Progress Committee.

Degree Requirements


Students must meet all university requirements for a bachelor’s degree within five years of admission to the Program. Students must complete the General Education Requirement for Teacher Licensure, Initial Secondary License listed below. Completion of this requirement meets the general education requirement. In addition, students must:

  1. have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher;
  2. earn a grade of “C” or better in all general education courses;
  3. have a G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher for all general education courses;
  4. have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher in math and statistics courses with a grade of “C” or better in each course;
  5. have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher for EDUC-3440  and SPED-2100 , with a grade of “C” or better in each course;
  6. earn a grade of “B” or better in EDUC-4360  and EDUC 4370 ;
  7. earn a grade of “B” or better in EDUC-4999 ;
  8. complete a minimum of 100 clock-hours of supervised pre-student teaching experiences;
  9. provide evidence of successful completion of the Illinois and U.S. Constitution examinations;
  10. complete at least one three-hour course in non-Western or Third World cultures;
  11. complete the following course work with a grade of “C” or better: 12 hours of calculus, eight hours of university physics with laboratory;
  12. show evidence of having passed the edTPA;
  13. meet any additional requirements listed in the Teacher Licensure section of this catalog; and
  14. receive a positive recommendation from the Secondary Education Student Progress Committee.

General Education Requirements for Teacher Licensure, Initial Secondary License, Mathematics (39 Hours)


The following courses can be taken at either the lower-division or upper-division level and must include at least one three-hour course in non-western or third world cultures:

  • Written Communication (6)
  • Oral Communication (3)
  • American History (3)
  • U.S. Government (3)
  • Humanities (6)
  • Fine Arts (3)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • General Biology with Lab (4)
  • University Physics with Lab (4)

Required Courses (78 Hours)


Electives (1 Hour)


Total - 120 Hours


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