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Mathematics Education Major (Secondary Track)

Students completing a double major in mathematics and secondary education have the following requirements for their mathematics major. These meet the specifications of the accrediting agencies for the secondary education program and prepare students to teach high school mathematics courses.


The mathematics education major (secondary track) requires a minimum of 37 credit hours.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

CSCI 251: Introduction to Computer Science
4 credit hours

An introduction to computer science through applications such as media. A major component is programming design and development using a language such as Python or Java. A disciplined approach to problem solving methods and algorithm development will be stressed using top-down design and stepwise refinement. Topics included are syntax and semantics, input and output, control structures, modularity, data types, and object-oriented programming. Recommended for students with previous programming experience or a strong mathematical background (math ACT score of 24 or above).

MATH 231: Calculus I
4 credit hours

 It is strongly recommended that students have completed two years of high school algebra and one semester of high school trigonometry in order to be successful in this course. A study of the fundamental principles of analytic geometry and calculus with an emphasis on differentiation.

MATH 232: Calculus II
4 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MATH 231 or MATH 236. It is recommended that students receive a grade of C or better in MATH 231 or MATH 236 to be successful in this course. Continuation of Calculus I including techniques of integration and infinite series.

MATH 233: Calculus III
4 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MATH 232. It is recommended that students receive a grade of C or better in MATH 231 to be successful in this course. 
Functions of two variables, partial differentiation, applications of multiple integrals to areas and volumes, line and surface integrals, and vectors.

MATH 234: Introduction to Mathematical Proof
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MATH 231 or MATH 236. It is strongly recommended that students have completed MATH 232 to be successful in this course. A careful introduction to the process of constructing mathematical arguments, covering the basic ideas of logic, sets, functions and relations. A substantial amount of time will be devoted to looking at important forms of mathematical argument such as direct proof, proof by contradiction, proof by contrapositive and proof by cases. Applications from set theory, abstract algebra or analysis may be covered at the discretion of the instructor.

MATH 235: Linear Algebra
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MATH 232.  Study of linear transformations, matrices and vector spaces.

MATH 301: Abstract Algebra
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MATH 234 or CSCI 241 and CSCI 262MATH 235. 
The elementary properties of groups, rings and fields are developed.

MATH 330: Geometry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MATH 234. Foundations of Euclidian geometry from the axioms of Hilbert and an introduction to non-Euclidian geometry.

MATH 421: Real Variables
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MATH 233MATH 234. It is recommended that students have completed MATH 301 in order to be successful in this course. Real number system, set theory, continuity and differentiability.

MATH 493: Senior Seminar
3 credit hours

Modern topics in mathematics are discussed in a seminar setting. Students integrate their study of mathematics throughout their undergraduate years and explore the connections among mathematics and other courses they have pursued. Departmental assessment of the major is included. This course is designed to be a capstone experience taken during the final semester of the senior year.

Choose one course from the following (3 hrs.): 

CSCI 241: Discrete Mathematics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 211MATH 231; or MATH 236. This course includes propositional logic, induction and recursion, number theory, set theory, relations and functions, graphs and trees, and permutations and combinations.

MATH 227: Introduction to Statistics
3 credit hours

 It is strongly recommended that students have completed one year of high school algebra in order to be successful in this course. A course to acquaint the student with the basic ideas and language of statistics including such topics such as descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, basic experimental design, elementary probability, binomial and normal distributions, estimation and test of hypotheses, and analysis of variance.

MATH 327: Mathematical Statistics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MATH 326. It is recommended that students receive a grade of C or better in MATH 326 to be successful in this course. 
This course takes the material from MATH 326 into the applications side of statistics including functions of random variables, sampling distributions, estimations and hypothesis testing.

Education (45 hrs.)

EDUC 200: Technology in the Classroom
3 credit hours

This is an introductory course in educational technology. Candidates will learn how educational technologies can be applied to enhance teacher effectiveness and assist students in reaching learning objectives. Candidates will develop foundational skills in the evaluation, selection and use of technologies according to best practices and educational theories.

EDUC 205: Diversity and Social Justice in Education
3 credit hours

This course focuses on issues of diversity, oppression and social justice. It is designed to prepare pre-service teachers to be knowledgeable of biases based on race, ethnicity, culture, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, social and economic status, political ideology, disability and how these contribute to discrimination and oppression. Students will learn about diverse cultures, family structures, roles, immigration and assimilation experiences of marginalized groups. Students will also learn about the influence of dominant culture on these diverse and marginalized groups. Additionally, this course will examine the adaptive capabilities and strengths of these marginalized groups and how such capabilities and strengths can be used in effective educational settings. The course will assist pre-service teachers in understanding the complex nature and dynamics of social oppression, diversity and social functioning. Students will explore their own personal beliefs, and behaviors that may limit their ability to effectively interact in educational settings with people of diverse backgrounds, in particular, disadvantaged and oppressed persons. Themes included justice, suffering, the role of the government, poverty, and society’s response to them. Initiatives and response of both secular and faith-based groups to injustices in the past (e.g. Civil Rights, abolitionism), will be examined.

EDUC 207: Psychology of Human Growth and Development
3 credit hours

A study of the process of human development from conception through adolescence with particular emphasis on development during the elementary school, middle school and high school age periods of growth and development. The course will emphasize the contemporary research, theory and findings in the areas of cognitive, emotional and physical development with a focus on psychological processes and structures and their implications for the educational process.

EDUC 208: Introductory Practicum
1 credit hours

Introductory Practicum is a field-based course that provides students principles of effective teaching practices. Students in the course work under the joint direction and supervision of a practicing teacher with knowledge of elementary, middle, or secondary education. Participation in four seminars is required. S/U Grading.

EDUC 212: Professional Preparation for the Field of Teacher Education
0 credit hours

This course provides students with the essential information necessary to pursue admission to the teacher education program at Drury University. In addition, the course focuses on the general expectations of the program in terms of professional dispositions, background checks, electronic portfolio and other candidate assessments, design of lesson plans and the three levels of clinical and internship experiences. Students learn how to access university resources and supports and develop an understanding of the roles of faculty, staff, advisors and administrators. This course must be taken concurrently with EDUC 208 in the first semester of the education program. S/U Grading.

EDUC 213: Professional Preparation for the Field of Teacher Education
0 credit hours

This course provides transfer students with the essential information necessary to pursue admission into the teacher education program at Drury University. In addition, the course focuses on the general expectations of the program in terms of professional dispositions, background checks, electronic portfolio and other candidate assessments, design of lesson plans, and clinical and internship experiences. Students learn how to access university resources and supports and develop an understanding of the roles of faculty, staff, advisors, and administrators. This course must be taken in the first semester of the education program. S/U grading.

EDUC 302: Educational Psychology and Assessment
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Behavioral science majors: PSYC 230; Education majors: EDUC 205 and EDUC 207. This course is designed to introduce different theories and principles of development, learning, motivation and assessment of student learning. The major emphasis in this course is on how to apply these principles in classroom practice in both typical and multicultural settings. Normally taken in the second semester of the sophomore or junior year.

EDUC 303: Secondary Education Field Experience I
1 credit hours

Prerequisite: EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program. A clinical experience required of secondary education majors prior to enrollment in student teaching. S/U grading.

EDUC 304: Teaching in Diverse Classrooms
3 credit hours

 Prerequisite: EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, and formal admission to teacher education program. This course recognizes the need to support the learning of all students and will expose undergraduate-level students to the challenges and issues, and experiences faced by students from groups identified by race, ethnicity, language, socioeconomic status, exceptionalities, sexual identity, religion, and culture.

EDUC 308: Secondary Content Area Literacy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, and formal admission to teacher education program. A three-credit hour course designed to acquaint candidates with the role of literacy at the secondary level. Emphasis is placed on factors which influence literacy and learning from content-specific text material as well as the acquisition and refinement of associated teaching practices. This course will include reviewing current research regarding adolescent literacy; implementing best practices to foster constructive literacy skills; and integrating literacy, writing, and study skills into secondary school content areas.

EDUC 331: Content Area Literacy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302. This course will include strategies for teaching subject matter to utilize and further develop functional reading. Methodology of teaching reading skills, vocabulary development in specific subject areas and study skills will be included.

EDUC 340: Education of the Exceptional Child
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: EDUC 205. This course surveys all areas of exceptionality. It is designed to help the prospective teacher identify and understand the problems of students with atypical learning patterns.

EDUC 361: Collaborative Classroom Environments
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program. This course is designed to maintain positive classroom environments by acquainting students with concepts and techniques of behavioral interventions; practical applications of behavior management techniques is emphasized. Students will learn how to design learning environments that are inclusive for all students.

EDUC 385: Secondary School Curriculum
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program. Students study principles of instruction and curriculum development. They create courses, units, micro-tech and prepare learning situations utilizing different teaching strategies.

EDUC 478: Student Teaching-Secondary
10 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Completion of all appropriate methods courses and approval of the Teacher Education CouncilObservation and supervised teaching at the secondary school level (grades 9-12). Taken concurrently with EDUC 475 if a passing state content assessment score is not obtained. Course fee required.

EDUC 480: Student Teaching Support Seminar
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Formal admission to the teacher education program. This course is designed to provide both professional and personal support during a teacher candidate’s student teaching experience. Teacher candidates will engage in discussion and assignments related to lesson planning, assessment, classroom management, communication, and collaboration in their student teaching environment. Guidance in professional development and career planning will be provided. Taken concurrently with EDUC 476, EDUC 477 or EDUC 478. S/U grading.

Recommended Courses
These areas of study are becoming popular high school topics: 

CSCI 241: Discrete Mathematics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 211MATH 231; or MATH 236. This course includes propositional logic, induction and recursion, number theory, set theory, relations and functions, graphs and trees, and permutations and combinations.

MATH 326: Probability Theory
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 232. It is recommended that students receive a grade of C or better in MATH 232 to be successful in this course.
This course includes an introduction to probability theory, discrete and continuous random variables, mathematical expectation and multivariate distributions.

MATH 327: Mathematical Statistics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MATH 326. It is recommended that students receive a grade of C or better in MATH 326 to be successful in this course. 
This course takes the material from MATH 326 into the applications side of statistics including functions of random variables, sampling distributions, estimations and hypothesis testing.

MATH 366: Differential Equations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MATH 232A first course in ordinary differential equations.