Use your love of mathematics to teach others.
Mathematics is one of the core subjects in high
school, and SBU’s outstanding faculty in the Department of Mathematics will
prepare you for teaching any level of high school mathematics. Professors in
the Department of Education provide extra instruction on how to teach
Faculty are certified teachers experienced in the
classroom and whose main job is to teach students.
Classroom field experiences begin during the
Our faculty’s commitment to networking will help
you with job placement.
The SBU Advantage
Our caring, close-knit supportive learning
environment provides plenty of interaction, both in and out of the
Our education classrooms are equipped with the
same technology that is utilized in many public school classrooms, and our
faculty utilize hands-on teaching methods and projects to teach our future
Students must complete a total of 128 hours,
including 42-44 hours to satisfy the mathematics degree requirements and an
additional 11 hours of mathematics courses for teaching certification in
addition to the 52 hours of general education and graduation requirements.
Education coursework begins during the
sophomore year with classes such as Foundations of Education, Educational
Psychology, and Technology for Educators, in addition to the first field
experience in an area secondary classroom. Junior year education curriculum
includes Principles and Methods of Secondary Education, Teaching Reading in
the Content Area, and Behavior and Classroom Management, along with another
field experience. Senior-level classes focus on preparing the student for
the full semester student teaching experience.
SBU has a chapter of Student Missouri State Teachers
Association, the pre-professional organization for education majors on
Missouri college and university campuses that provides opportunities for
personal and professional growth and development of leadership skills.
Friends of the School of Arts and Sciences
The School of Arts and Sciences Scholarship fund is
an endowed scholarship fund established by the curators and friends of the
School of Arts and Sciences. Scholarship recipients will be students who
have matriculated at SBU with a major in the College of Science and
Mathematics. Recipients must have achieved high academic honors at SBU and
show a good balance between the academic, spiritual, and social aspects of
Jerry and Martha Harns Scholarship
Colonel and Mrs. Harns established this scholarship
to be awarded annually to one or more students majoring in mathematics or
Classroom field experiences begin during a
student’s sophomore year and continue throughout the program, culminating
with a full semester student teaching experience during the senior year.
Field experiences provide students with a variety of experiences to help the
student decide what is the best fit. During the student teaching experience,
the student will work directly with a cooperating teacher at the school, as
well as an SBU faculty member who will supervise the student’s experience.>
A mathematics education graduate is eligible
for initial certification in Mathematics for grades 9-12 in the state of
- As part of a Christian university, we integrate the
Christian faith into classroom instruction within the Department of
Education. Scriptural truths are brought into the classroom for supporting
educational truth and theoretical truth.
- Area school district leaders seek out SBU graduates
because they are well-prepared to teach in the classroom and be servant
leaders in the academic community.
- Our education department offers 26 certifications
in a wide range of programs.
- MAT 1195 Calculus I
- This course studies graphs, functions, plane analytical
geometry, limits, continuity, derivatives, velocity-acceleration,
rates of change, maxima and minima, differentials, the Mean Value
Theorems for integrals and derivatives, antiderivatives, definite
integrals, area, and methods of finding volumes.
- MAT 2255 Calculus II
- This course examines derivatives and integrals of functions and
their inverses including exponential and logarithmic functions. It
also investigates techniques of integration, further applications of
integrals, sequences, series, polar coordinates, applications of
parametric equations, and conic sections.
- MAT 2263 Calculus III
- This course examines curves and surfaces in three dimensions,
derivatives and integrals of functions of more than one variable,
and vector calculus.
- MAT 3313 Abstract Algebra
- An introduction to abstract algebraic systems and use of
properties of groups, rings, integral domains and fields to describe
and develop certain characteristics of natural numbers, integers,
rational, real and complex numbers.
- MAT 3323 Linear Algebra
- A study of systems of linear equations, matrices, determinants,
vector products, vector spaces, linear transformations and quadratic
- MAT 4663 Advanced Calculus
- Advanced Calculus is a study of the basic concepts in analysis.
These include concepts such as continuity, convergence of sequences
and series of numbers, convergence of sequence and series of
functions, differentiation, and integration. A more complete
understanding of these concepts than is achieved in the Calculus
sequence is necessary for all mathematics majors and thus this
course is a core course of the math major and a type of capstone
- MAT 3332 Symbolic Logic and Set Theory
- This course is an introduction to symbolic statements, truth
tables, quantifiers, inference and implication, special sets of
numbers, set operations, correspondences, cardinal numbers, Boolean
algebra, and the logical structure of mathematical arguments.
- MAT 3343 Probability & Statistics
- This course is a Calculus-based investigation of the concepts of
probability and statistics including sample spaces, methods of
enumeration, discrete and continuous functions or random variables
and their distributions, conditional probability, Chebyshev
inequalities, central limit theorem, regression and correlation, and
sampling and hypothesis testing.
- CIS 1033 Foundations of Computer Science
- An introduction to key concepts in computer and how computation
is related to all scientific fields. Topics include, but are not
limited to, robotics, web design, software engineering, artificial
intelligence, computer architecture, digital media storage,
algorithm design and computability.
- SCF 3422 Mathematics Through the Eyes of Faith
- Study from the biblical perspective of the unique nature of
mathematics and its interaction with Christian thought. Working from
the authority of the Scriptures and the conviction that Christianity
is true, this course examines the history of mathematics,
emphasizing the interactions of mathematics with society and
- MAT 3353 Integrated Mathematics
- This course will enable students seeking certification in middle
or secondary school teaching to analyze mathematics curriculum from
an integrated approach. The course will strengthen the students'
level of mathematical knowledge, while broadening their structure of
this knowledge in a way that is necessary for teachers. The course
is recommended for students seeking certification in middle school
or secondary school mathematics teaching. All students taking this
course will be teaching a component of the course and will be
evaluated on their teaching.
- MAT 3372 Math Technologies
- What is math technology? How has it and how should it affect how
and what we teach in Mathematics? How will it affect your future -
be it mathematics, physical science, social science, or business
using mathematics? We will consider and write about these and other
questions via hands on experience with various math technologies.
This course will have a lab component. Topics developed will be
tailored to individual students’ backgrounds and interests.
- MAT 3382 History of Mathematics
- A survey of the significant developments in mathematics and
contributions of great mathematicians from the Greeks (Thales) to
present day. The course focuses mainly on mathematics developed
since the invention of analytic geometry and the calculus.
- MAT 3391 Preparing For Secondary Mathematics Praxis
- This seminar course is designed to help students seeking
certification in secondary school mathematics prepare for the Praxis
Exam. The course will be focused on the content of this exam and
test taking strategies.
- MAT 4483 Contemporary Geometry
- An axiomatic development of geometry that includes both the
classical material of Euclidean geometry and the structure of the
alternate axiomatic system of hyperbolic geometry.