Majors, Specializations and Certifications
Mathematics Major Secondary Education
Department Chairperson: Dr. Pat Touhey
Director of Secondary Education: Dr. Rogan
Misericordia University's Secondary Education Program in Mathematics is designed to prepare secondary school Mathematics teachers and particularly to equip them with the skills to identify and assist students with learning disabilities. This program has been continually refined to keep pace with developments in the field of education. The program is fully approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and leads to a teaching certificate valid in Pennsylvania (grades 7-12) and transferable to many other states.
Students seeking certification in Secondary Education register with the Mathematics Department Chairperson and also with the director of the Secondary Education Program.
All students who wish to major in Mathematics with certification in secondary education must successfully complete the liberal arts core curriculum prescribed by the College, the complete Mathematics major, including cognate courses, and the required courses in Education as listed.
Additionally, all Mathematics majors seeking certification in education must also satisfactorily complete field experiences every semester beginning in the second semester of the freshman year and continuing to the first semester of the senior year. Field experience involves course-related observation and practicum assignments in community schools. During one summer session, students will complete EDU/695 Practicum as a corequisite with EDU/395 Adaptations for Exceptional Students. During the final semester, students successfully complete a 15-week student teaching assignment. All field experiences and teaching assignments are arranged by the College. Transportation to and from field experience and student teaching assignments is the responsibility of the student.
Students who successfully complete the Mathematics major and the secondary education component are eligible for recommendation by the College to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for state certification. The College's recommendation and the successful completion of other requirements established by the state, including meeting the scores specified by the state on the National Teacher Examination, qualify graduates for an "Instructional I" certificate. Application for state certification is the responsibility of the student.