Effective Spring 2017 - This concentration is not accepting any new students. Students may elect to pursue the Mathematics, B.A. while completing coursework for teacher licensure through the Mathematics, Secondary Education Certificate . Students completing a bachelor degree may consider pursuing Secondary Mathematics Teacher licensure through the Mathematics, M.S. Students currently enrolled in the BA in Mathematics Program can elect to complete this concentration if they apply for this concentration through their Academic Advisor before the end of the Spring 2017 term. See your Academic Advisor regarding the timeline for completion.
Current students, please refer to the FAQ web page linked here to learn about the “teach out” process. Please meet with your Academic Advisor regarding your current Study Plan.
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.
This program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and is intended to lead to the Initial Secondary License qualifying students to teach 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 in the psychology of early adolescent development, three hours in curriculum instruction and three hours of methods related to the middle school. Students should contact their advisor for specific course requirements.
To be recommended for an Illinois State Board of Education teaching license, the student must present evidence of having passed the Basic Skills, Subject-Matter Knowledge, and Assessment of Professional Teaching examinations of the Illinois Licensure Testing System.
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:
- have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher in all lower division courses applied to the degree program;
- submit a word-processed essay not to exceed 300 words explaining why the applicant wishes to be a teacher;
- submit evidence of having passed the Test of Academic Proficiency of the Illinois Licensure Testing System;
- submit scores from the ETS Proficiency Profile;
- complete EDUC-2310 ( or equivalent) with a grade of “B” or better; and
- Attend Secondary Education Orientation.
All candidates for Illinois teacher licensure at Governors State University are required to submit to an Adam Walsh fingerprint-based criminal background check by Accurate Biometrics prior to their initial field experience in the schools. For more information on this testing and available test sites, please visit accuratebiometrics.com. Consult with your advisor for information concerning the related GSU policies and procedures.
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 Undergraduate Student Handbook.
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 Field Experiences in the Division of Education. The application must be submitted by November 30 for the following fall term and January 31 for the following spring term. Student teaching is not offered in the summer term. This application for student teaching will certify that the candidate applying has or will have met the following requirements:
- completed at least 48 hours of general education requirements with a G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher;
- 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;
- must have completed methods courses no more than two years prior to the commencement of student teaching;
- 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;
- 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;
- submit evidence of having passed the Mathematics content area exam of the Illinois Licensure Testing System; and
- received a positive recommendation from the Secondary Education Student Progress Committee.