Mathematics Education Program

The Department of Mathematics prepares students for certification in Mathematics (Grades 4-8) or Mathematics (Grade 7-12). The state standards are incorporated into the required curriculum. Students are introduced to theory and application of mathematical concepts. Students who graduate with this certification preparation will have the knowledge and skill to set up and solve problems, will be able to use computers in support of mathematics problem-solving, be able to communicate clearly mathematical ideas and results, and have an appreciation of the place of mathematics in the culture.

The Mathematics Department at Hardin-Simmons also offers a Master of Science in Mathematics that can be obtained from anywhere a student has internet access while remaining employed full-time. This degree is modeled so that a full-time high school teacher could earn it without needing to quit work.  It takes three calendar years and one semester to complete.

Contact Us

Andrew Potter- Department Head at the Holland School of Sciences & Mathematics

Dr. Andrew Potter

Professor of Mathematics, Department Head of Mathematics 325-670-5826

Majors

  • Mathematics 4-8 (B.B.S.)
  • Mathematics 7-12 (B.B.S.)

Minors

Why study Math Education at HSU?

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Outstanding Faculty

Each Mathematics faculty member has a terminal degree in mathematics or a related field and/or a large amount of teaching experience at the secondary, undergraduate, and/or graduate level.

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Tutoring Available

The Mathematics department offers a large number of peer tutorial hours in which students can get help in their mathematics classes.

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Excellent Preparation

More than 95% of HSU's teacher candidates pass the TExES exams on their first try.

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Program Details

Mathematics 4-8 BBS

Core Distinctive (16)

FYSM 1300 First-Year Seminar: Gateway………………………….. 3

COMM 1301 Introduction to Communication…………………… 3

FSSC 1170 Wellness for Life…………………………………………… 1

HIST 1300 Making History: The Human Experience in America… 3

RELI 2345 The Religious and Philosophical Life………………….. 3

ENGL 3300 Writing as Discovery…………………………………….. 3

Writing (3)

ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1302……………………………………………… 3

Literature (3)

ENGL 230X World, English, or American Lit………………………. 3

Fine Arts (3)

See Major………………………………………………………………….. 0

Christian Studies (3)

BIBL 1301 or BIBL 1302…………………………………………………. 3

Fitness & Sport Sciences (2)

FSSC Activity course (X 2)……………………………………………… 2

Math (3)

See major………………………………………………………………….. 0

Natural & Physical Sciences (7)

BIOL or ENVS………………………………………………………………. 3

PHYS, GEOL, CHEM, or PHSC………………………………………….. 3

Science Lab………………………………………………………………… 1

Social & Behavioral Sciences (15)

Must be from outside the major & minor

POLS 1302 American Government………………………………….. 3

PSYC 3333 Educational Psychology……………………………………. 3

ECON, HIST, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI……………………………….. 9

Total Core (49 credits)

Major:  Mathematics  (35 credits)

CSCI 1320 Program Design/Development I……………………………. 3

MATH 1420 Calculus I……………………………………………………….. 4

MATH 1421 Calculus II………………………………………………………. 4

MATH 2305 Mathematics Education I………………………………….. 3

MATH 2306 Mathematics Education II…………………………………. 3

MATH 3302 Topics for the Math Teacher……………………………… 3

MATH 3312 Statistical Methods………………………………………….. 3

MATH 3315 Mathematical Structures………………………………….. 3

MATH 4301 College Geometry……………………………………………. 3

MATH approved upper level credits…………………………………….. 6

Education (33 Credits)

ART 3311 Public School Art, Elementary……………………………….. 3

COMM 3302 Interpersonal Communication or………………………. 3

COMM 3303 Small Group Communication

EDUC 3334 Child/Adolescent Development………………………….. 3

EDUC 3338 The Learning Environment…………………………………. 3

EDUC 4340 Current Issues in Special Educ…………………………….. 3

EDUC 4371 Organization/Management for Teaching………………. 3

EDUC 4379 Capstone Course: The Professional Teacher………….. 3

EDUC 4626 Stu. Teach. in Middle School………………………………. 6

READ 3395 Reading for Diverse Cultures………………………………. 3

READ 4397 Intro. to Adv./Gifted Learner………………………………. 3

Technology Competency and Electives (7 credits)

EDUC 1306 Technology in Education……………………………….. 3

Electives ……………………………………………………………………………………7

Total 124

Mathematics 7-12 BBS

Core Distinctive (16)

FYSM 1300 First-Year Seminar: Gateway………………………….. 3

COMM 1301 Introduction to Communication…………………… 3

FSSC 1170 Wellness for Life…………………………………………… 1

HIST 1300 Making History: The Human Experience in America… 3

RELI 2345 The Religious and Philosophical Life………………….. 3

ENGL 3300 Writing as Discovery…………………………………….. 3

Writing (3)

ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1302……………………………………………… 3

Literature (3)

ENGL 230X World, English, or American Lit………………………. 3

Fine Arts (3)

Fine Arts – from Art, Music, Theatre…………………………………….. 3

Christian Studies (3)

BIBL 1301 or BIBL 1302…………………………………………………. 3

Fitness & Sport Sciences (2)

FSSC Activity course (X 2)……………………………………………… 2

Math (3)

See Major…………………………………………………………………. 0

Natural & Physical Sciences (7)

BIOL or ENVS………………………………………………………………. 3

PHYS, GEOL, CHEM, or PHSC………………………………………….. 3

Science Lab………………………………………………………………… 1

Social & Behavioral Sciences (15)

Must be from outside the major & minor

Maximum 9 hours history

POLS 1302 American Government………………………………………. 3

PSYC 3333 Educational Psychology………………………………………. 3

ECON, HIST, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI…………………………………. 9

Total Core (52 credits)

Mathematics (35 credits)

MATH 1420 Calculus I……………………………………………………….. 4

MATH 1421 Calculus II………………………………………………………. 4

MATH 2320 Calculus III……………………………………………………… 3

MATH 3302 Topics for the Math Teacher……………………………… 3

MATH 3305 Linear Algebra………………………………………………… 3

MATH 3310 Computer Applications in Math…………………………. 3

MATH 3312 Statistical Methods………………………………………….. 3

MATH 3315 Mathematical Structures………………………………….. 3

MATH 4301 College Geometry……………………………………………. 3

MATH 4320 Introduction to Analysis……………………………………. 3

CSCI 1320 Program Design/Development I……………………………. 3

Education (24 Credits)

READ 3362 Read Instruction for Adolescent Students……………… 3

EDUC 3334 Child/Adolescent Development………………………….. 3

EDUC 3338 The Learning Environment…………………………………. 3

EDUC 4340 Current Issues in Special Educ…………………………….. 3

EDUC 4371 Org/Management for Teach in Sec Class………………. 3

EDUC 4379 Capstone Course: The Professional Teacher………….. 3

EDUC 4623 Student Teaching in Sec School…………………………… 6

Minor (18 credits)

Minor…………………………………………………………………………… 18

Technology Competency and Electives

EDUC 1306 Technology in Education……………………………….. 3

Total 132

Candidates for our Teacher Preparation Programs must meet certain requirements outlined in our Admission Requirements document.

Students who complete this degree will be eligible to take the Texas certification test for one of the following certifications: Mathematics 4-8 or Mathematics 7-12. This certification leads to Mathematics teaching positions in 4-8 grade or 7-12 grade.

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and Texas Education Agency (TEA) Office of Accountability has awarded Hardin-Simmons University Teacher Education Program a rating of “Accredited” under the Accountability System for Educator Preparation authorized by Texas Education Code 21.045 every year since the rating of teacher preparation entities has been awarded. Educator preparation programs are held accountable for the performance of their graduates on the state credentialing examinations required for certification. Programs must achieve a minimum pass rate on the tests by disaggregated subgroups (All, Male, Female, White, Hispanic, African American, Other) to receive a rating of “Accredited.”

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