Effective Spring 2017 -  This concentration is not accepting any new students. Students may elect to pursue the Mathematics, B.A. while completing coursework for teacher licensure through the Mathematics, Secondary Education Certificate. Students completing a bachelor degree may consider pursuing Secondary Mathematics Teacher licensure through the Mathematics, M.S. Students currently enrolled in the BA in Mathematics Program can elect to complete this concentration if they apply for this concentration through their academic advisor before the end of the Spring 2017 term. See your academic advisor regarding the timeline for completion.

Current students, please refer to the FAQ web page to learn about the "teach out" process. Please meet with your academic advisor regarding your current study plan.

Illinois has suffered from a shortage of mathematics teachers for the last eight years.

Source: Designated Teacher Shortage Areas, Illinois State Board of Education 

Excellent Prospects
Employment prospects are excellent for math educators in light of the critical shortage of qualified math teachers nationally. The bachelor's program at GSU prepares you for a career as a math educator with the subject matter expertise and pedagogical skill to make you knowledgeable and effective. 

Outstanding Preparation
The sequence of coursework is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and leads to an initial secondary licensure in Mathematics. You can also earn an endorsement that prepares you for teaching in middle school. 

To be recommended for an Illinois State Board of Education teaching certificate, you must present evidence of having passed the Basic Skills, Subject-Matter Knowledge, and Assessment of Professional Teaching examinations of the Illinois Certification Testing System. 

You must also meet other requirements for certification through approved programs listed in the teacher education and certification section of the GSU catalog. To be recommended by Governors State University, students must apply for licensure within one year of completing the program.

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