Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Mathematics/Secondary School Mathematics Minor, Teacher Certification - Rock Studies

Requirements for the Certification

Secondary teacher certification in some fields is earned through the master of education degree at Slippery Rock University. Students seeking secondary school teaching certification in mathematics must earn a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and contact the Department of Secondary Education/Foundations of Education concerning its graduate program in education. Information about this program, including prerequisites for admission, may be obtained from the secondary education/foundations of education office in 114 McKay Education Building.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students graduating with a degree in Mathematics will:
    • Use mathematics knowledge to solve theoretical and applied problems.
    • Apply rigorous deductive reasoning to prove mathematics results.
    • Use technology to perform and interpret mathematics analyses.
    • Communicate mathematics knowledge to both expert and non-technical audiences.
    • Demonstrate professional integrity and accountability in the use and communication of mathematics

Related Links

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies Requirements45
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements60
Natural Science & Math College-Wide Requirements12

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 225Calculus I4
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
Physical Sciences Inquiry
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab4
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours45

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements

  • 30 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 30 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
  • 12 math credits must be taken at the 300-400 level at SRU
Mathematics Core Courses
MATH 131Discrete Mathematics 1,23
MATH 230Calculus II 1,24
MATH 235Foundations of Mathematical Proof 1,23
MATH 231Calculus III 14
MATH 301Differential Equations I 13
MATH 309Linear Algebra 13
MATH 313Introductory Analysis I 13
MATH 325Abstract Algebra I 13
STAT 352Mathematical Statistics I 13
MATH 491Mathematics Seminar 11
Required Electives
Choose five additional courses required 315
Mathematics Sequences
Two sequences are required - credits earned from these courses will be applied to above requirements.
Select one of the following:0
Differential Equations I
and Differential Equations II 1
Differential Equations I
and Partial Differential Equations 1
Deterministic Models of Operations Research
and Stochastic Models of Operations Research 1
Abstract Algebra I
and Abstract Algebra II 1
Select one of the following:0
Introductory Analysis I
and Introductory Analysis II 1
Mathematical Statistics I
and Mathematical Statistics II 1
Approved Minors
Select at least one of the following minors: 415
Actuarial Science
Environmental Science
Public Health
Secondary School Mathematics
Total Hours60

Secondary School Mathematics Minor Requirements

  • At least six credits must be 300-level or higher. At least nine credit hours of mathematics courses used for the minor must be taken at Slippery Rock University.
  • BS-Mathematics majors must choose at least 15 credits distinct from those being counted toward major.
Required Mathematics Courses
MATH 235Foundations of Mathematical Proof3
MATH 304Geometric Structures3
MATH 320Theory of Numbers3
SPED 121Overview of Special Education3
SEFE 338Standards-Based Instruction & Assessment in the Inclusionary Classroom3
Additional Courses
Select three of the following:9
Calculus II
Calculus III
Elementary Statistics II
Introduction to Statistical Modeling
Production and Utilization of Instructional Technology
Middle Level Learning Theory
Pre, Early, & Adolescent Development
Middle Level Cognitive Development
Teaching of Mathematics in the Middle School
ELL Strategies and Practice
Educational Measurements, Assessment and Evaluation
History and Philosophy of Education
Symbolic Logic
Philosophy of Natural Science
Total Hours24

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements

CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
MATH 225Calculus I4
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab4
Total Hours12

Computer Programming Language

Competency in an approved Computer Programming Language is Required - See Advisor Approval

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 11-2019
UCC 10.15.2019