What You'll Study
Secondary mathematics teachers are in high demand across the country. As a graduate of LHU’s program, you’ll be prepared to teach math to students in grades 7-12. Combining courses in math and teaching methods equals a strong foundation in your subject area and the principles of education. LHU’s curriculum emphasizes classroom field experience. Before you begin student teaching you will have spent approximately 100 hours in observation or teaching in math classrooms.
Topics covered include:
- Methods of Teaching Mathematics
- Adolescent Development
- Technology in Secondary Mathematics
At LHU you will have the option to dual major in special education as part of your secondary education coursework. This dual degree will prepare you for the education job market and help you to meet the needs of today’s dynamic classroom environment. Topics covered include:
- Communication Disorders and Assistive Technology
- Literacy Skills for Students with Disabilities
- Foundations of Special Education
- Accreditation: Our program is nationally accredited by the two main accrediting bodies for secondary education mathematics, the National Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
- Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. Find more information here.
- Math Club: The math department is home to an active Math Club. Each year, the club volunteers at the Children’s Festival held on LHU’s campus. In addition, its yearly activities include trips to math conferences where the topics range from the mathematics behind magic to constructing puzzles.
- LHU SMART Center: The SMART Center serves as a resource for education majors (science, mathematics, elementary education), and mathematics and science majors. The purpose of the center is to provide a facility for students, faculty and teachers to collaborate on research projects and on the improvement of the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. The center is equipped with:
- Mathematical software (Minitab, Mathematica, Geometer Sketchpad)
- Teaching manipulatives (attribute blocks, geoboards, base-10 blocks, geometric solids, mathematics puzzles and games)
- Textbooks for lesson plans and unit plans
- Smart board
- Blocked Classes: The Secondary Education programs at LHU offer two “blocked” groupings of courses in the method and practice of teaching. One of them is typically scheduled in the sophomore year and the other in the senior year. Each block includes a subject-specific “methods” course where prospective teachers learn about curriculum, assessment, and technology in addition to methods for teaching in the various content areas.
- Student Teaching: LHU’s education curriculum will give you the opportunity to student teach at two different sites, one in the middle school and one in the high school. You will likely have a choice of urban, rural, or suburban schools. You are also encouraged to student teach abroad at any of our partner universities.
- Careers: As a graduate of LHU’s secondary education program, you will be prepared to teach mathematics in middle, junior, and senior high grades 7-12. Demand for secondary education teachers with a dual degree in special education remains strong throughout the country, particularly in rural and inner city districts.