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.
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.
The Mathematics department offers a large number of peer tutorial hours in which students can get help in their mathematics classes.
More than 95% of HSU's teacher candidates pass the TExES exams on their first try.
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All courses and course descriptions for each degree type can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog:
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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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