Mathematics for Secondary Education Course Requirements

Required Courses

  • MTH 115

    Introduction to Statistics

    3 credits

    Topics covered: descriptive statistics, probability, binomial, chi-squared and normal probability distributions, tests of hypotheses, linear correlation and regression, and analysis of variance. Prerequisites: Grades of C- or better in MTH 095 or competency in arithmetic and algebra.  FA SP SU

  • MTH 120

    Discrete Mathematics

    3 credits

    Topics include: truth tables, propositional logic, sets, binary and equivalence relations, functions, matrices, binary, octal and hexadecimal number systems, combinatorics, proof by induction and recursion, and algorithms. Prerequisites: Competency in arithmetic and algebra.  FA

  • MTH 150

    Calculus with Analytic Geometry I

    4 credits

    Differential and integral calculus of the algebraic and transcendental functions associated with analytic geometry. Prerequisite: Three years of high school mathematics including trigonometry with grades of B or better, or MTH 110 (with a grade of C- or better), or (MTH 105 and MTH 108) with grades of C- or better, or the consent of the instructor.  SP

  • MTH 151

    Calculus with Analytic Geometry II

    4 credits

    A continuation of MTH 150, continuation of differential and integral calculus; infinite series. Prerequisite: MTH 150 with grades of C- or better.  FA

  • MTH 200

    Linear Algebra

    3 credits

    Topics include: vector spaces, linear transformations, and matrices. Pre- or co-requisite: MTH 151.  FA (Even)

  • MTH 250

    Calculus with Analytic Geometry III

    4 credits

    Vector calculus, the differential, multivariate calculus with applications. Prerequisite: MTH 151. SP

  • MTH 298

    Portfolio A

    0 credits

    Portfolio A requires the student to submit artifacts from three specific courses required for the majors in Applied Mathematics and Mathematics for Secondary Education, along with other specified items.  The specific courses are listed in the current catalog.  Successful submission of Portfolio A, as well as a minimum GPA of 2.5, are both required for major approval.  FA SP SU

  • MTH 305

    Readings in the History of Mathematics

    2 credits

    Readings in the history of mathematics and in the mathematics contributions of both Western and non-Western cultures. The interplay between mathematics and culture is emphasized. Prerequisites: MTH 150 and MTH 120.  SP (Odd)

  • MTH 320

    Elements of Geometry

    3 credits

    Transformational approach to isometries and similarities; studies of Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries. Prerequisite: MTH 150 or consent of instructor.  FA (Odd)

  • MTH 430

    Algebraic Structures

    3 credits

    Covers algebraic structures including Boolean algebra, groups, rings, integral domains and fields and their applications, which may include: cryptography, coding theory, color patterns, and switching circuits. Prerequisites: MTH 120 and MTH 150.  SP (Even)

  • MTH 498

    Senior Portfolio

    1 credit

    Provides students with the opportunity to create and submit their final portfolio, which is required for graduation.  Some of the items in the portfolio are: (1) a self-assessment in relation to how well the student outcomes for program were attained, (2) statements about the professional, ethical, legal, social and security issues and responsibilities associated with the chosen field of study, (3) statements about plans for future professional growth and (4) a professional resume.  Prerequisites: Senior status and major approval. FA SP

  • MTH 499

    Senior Synthesis

    3 credits

    Allows the student to explore and area in her/his major that either (1) was not covered in the major curriculum or (2) can and will be explored in more depth than in previous coursework.  Prerequisites: Senior Status and major approval.  FA SP

Plus choose one of the following four courses

  • MTH 310

    Differential Equations

    3 credits

    Techniques for solving ordinary differential equations. Investigation of existence and  uniqueness of solutions; a variety of applications. Prerequisite: MTH 151.

  • CIS 210

    Object-Oriented Programming (Java)

    4 credits

    Introduction to concepts of abstract data type and inheritance. Topics include the  fundamentals of object-oriented program design, object-oriented programming using Java. Lab exercises include introductory to intermediate level software analysis and design.  Prerequisite: CIS 161.  FA

  • CIS 300

    Modeling and Numerical Approximation

    3 credits

    Principles of model construction with selected case studies from various fields. Also, techniques of numerical approximation. Prerequisites: CIS 160 and MTH 150. SP (Odd)

  • CIS 465


    3 credits

    Introduces students to the basics of modeling, design, planning, programming and control of robot systems. Topics include an exploration of the principles and algorithms for computation in the physical world, kinematics, geometric reasoning, motion planning, behavior-based artificial intelligence and some philosophical questions pertaining to the nature of intelligence in the physical world. Prerequisite: CIS 210, CIS 250 and MTH 151.  FA (Even)

Professional Courses Required For Certification

  • EDU 268

    Introduction to Learner Development

    3 credits

    This course investigates the psychological development of the child and adolescent through exploring prior experiences and how they impact learning. This course includes an examination of instructional strategies that promote critical thinking and instructional resources, including media communication tools that benefit the teaching and learning processes. Strategies for content literacy are explored through academic language, teaching methodologies, and consultation and collaboration. Mission Core II Course

  • EDU 269

    Critical Skills in the Teaching Profession with Field Experience

    3 credits

    This course investigates the contextual factors of a classroom to examine the role of the  educator and the need for curriculum and instructional strategies, evaluation processes, classroom motivation and management skills, and planning for learner diversity. This course also includes an analysis of the history and philosophy of education, along with the legal and ethical aspects of teaching. Guided field experiences provide opportunities to review the critical skills needed in the teaching profession

  • EDU 270

    Introduction to Learner Diversity

    3 credits

    Investigates the principles of universal design and differentiated instruction and their application in the psychology and education of exceptional learners. Includes an examination of cultural diversity, English Language Learning, and intellectual and physical ability in conjunction with the classroom community. Strategies for connecting instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners are explored through theories of learning, consultation and collaboration, and technology exploration.

  • EDU 271

    Introduction to Content, Planning, Delivery and Assessment

    3 credits

    This course provides a foundation in curriculum and instructional planning, instructional strategies and techniques in content area specialty, and assessment methods used to make instructional decisions for diverse learners. Processes for research and analysis of educational competencies that integrate state standards with curriculum and pedagogy will be included, along with assessment strategies that monitor student performance and analyze instruction. Prerequisites: EDU 268, 269; EDU 270.

  • EDU 306

    Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities

    3 credits

    Emphasizes techniques for assessing and teaching reading to the students with reading difficulties within the regular elementary or middle school classroom setting. Prerequisites: EDU 200; EDU 263 (EDU 266 for Pathways).

  • EDU 313

    Methods and Practicum in Middle, Secondary, and Community Education

    3 credits
  • EDU 350

    Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Areas

    2 credits ; 3 credits for Pathways

    Focuses on methods to enable secondary students to interact with content texts. Emphasis is on strategies for teaching vocabulary, concepts, comprehension, reasoning, and organization in specialty subject areas. Prerequisite: EDU 201.

  • EDU 401

    Classroom/Behavior Management Techniques - Middle/Secondary

    3 credits

    This course addresses theories and principles of behavior management for middle and secondary classrooms. Models of discipline and motivation and their applications to classrooms are a central focus with an emphasis on establishing positive learning environments through the use of appropriate classroom/behavior management techniques. Participants will be required to conduct 30 hours of observations in middle/secondary classrooms, and reflect upon those experiences. A behavior management plan is required of all students. Course is recommended to be taken in close proximity to the student teaching semester. Prerequisites: EDU 203; EDU 200 or EDU 201; junior status.

  • EDU 447

    Planning for Instruction and Assessment - Middle and Secondary

    3 credits

    This course will provide the skills and knowledge to teacher certification candidates in middle school and high school which will deepen their understanding and utilization of the instructional planning process and the importance of curriculum alignment. The course will build upon and strengthen the skills and knowledge related to instructional planning and assessment acquired through the various certification courses the students have taken previously. The content of the course will include a solid foundation in curriculum alignment which includes planning and assessment via Fontbonne’s lesson planning model. In addition, the students will address the instructional process and products needed to complete their Final assessment for certification. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher certification candidacy. Background Check Required

  • EDU 451

    Student Teaching at the Secondary Level

    10-16 credits

    A minimum of twelve weeks of full-day sessions in directed observation and teaching in a secondary school setting, to include conferences with principals, cooperating teachers, and college supervisors. Those seeking K-12 certification in Art must complete four weeks in an elementary placement. Students may enroll for additional weeks for additional credit, up to sixteen credits. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher certification candidacy. Background Check Required

Courses Required in Other Disciplines

  • CIS 160

    Computer Science I

    4 credits

    Emphasis on programming in C and introduction to C++, including structural programming concepts, simple data types and structures, C and C++ syntax, operators, control structures and pointers. Lab exercises include techniques of coding, program design, and debugging. Students in this course who are majoring in mathematics, computer science, cybersecurity or management information science must earn grades of B- or better in this course to progress to CIS 161 and/or CIS 210. Prerequisite: Grades of B or better in MTH 095, or competency in arithmetic and algebra. For CS, Cybersecurity or MIS majors, CIS120 is a pre- or co-requisite.  FA

  • CIS 161

    Computer Science II

    4 credits

    Continuation of Computer Science I, with extensive programming in C++ language and introduction to Java. Includes string handling, file I/O, storage and static variables, structures, bitwise operations, and C++ library. Students in this course who are majoring in mathematics, computer science, cybersecurity or management information systems must earn grades of B- or better to progress to CIS 210 and above. Prerequisite: CIS 120 and CIS 160.  SP

  • PSY 200

    Developmental Psychology

    3 credits

    A study of the nature of human development across the life span. The course covers the  physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development of the individual for each of the major  developmental periods: infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The  psychosocial experience of aging and death is also examined.

Choose either:

BIO 108 or BIO 112

  • BIO 108

    Introduction to Life Science with Lab

    3 credits

    Introductory course covering the basic principles of life with an emphasis on the scientific method, characterization of life, organization of living things, energetics, and evolution.

  • BIO 112

    General Biology I with Lab

    4 credits

    Selected principles and problems in general biology with emphasis on those principles most applicable to all living organisms: cellular organization, energy exchange, and inheritance.

Plus choose either:

PHY 218 AND PHY 220

  • PHY 218

    Engineering Physics I with Lab

    4 credits

    A calculus-based course intended for engineering, science and math majors. Includes principles of mechanics, heat, wave motion, and sound. Prerequisite: MTH 150

  • PHY 220

    Engineering Physics II with Lab

    4 credits

    A continuation of PHY 218; includes light, electricity, magnetism, and quantum physics. Prerequisite: PHY 218 or equivalent; MTH 151


CHM 106 AND CHM 108

  • CHM 106

    General Chemistry I with Lab

    4 credits

    An introductory course in chemistry for science majors. Includes stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical reactions, and solutions. Prerequisite: college algebra or precalculus.

  • CHM 108

    General Chemistry II with Lab


    A continuation of CHM 106; includes kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, acids and bases, and electrochemistry. Prerequisite: CHM 106