Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education
This program completes the full range of teaching specialties offered at USF. It gives opportunities to students to master one of the most human professions in the best professional environment, with maximum creativity and a wise variety of resources provided by comprehensive Catholic institution.
This program is an appropriate response to community request to improve the nation’s mathematical education which still deteriorates every year. Given the chronic shortage of math teachers in secondary schools, a secondary math education program underscores the university’s commitment to providing qualified educators for the region’s as well as nation’s K-12 schools.
Based on a strong balance between theoretical math and problem solving, the program features well-rounded preparation of future dually licensed teachers. Inclusion of traditional components of a successful math teacher’s education such as history of mathematics, logic and physics makes the program more competitive, attractive and distinguished from analogical programs.
In addition to pre-service preparation, a secondary math education program avails the university of opportunities to craft continuing education/professional development opportunities, such as workshops and seminars, for current math teachers in the northeast Indiana region.
Liberal Art Major in Mathematics
How central is this program’s purpose to the USF mission, vision, and core values?
This program expands diversity of offered programs for liberal art education at University of Saint Francis and also it attracts students with strong mathematical and logical abilities.
How does the program support the Franciscan Charisma? What potential does the program have to strengthen USF’s involvement in community issues?
This program gives opportunities to students to master one of the most versatile and at the same time difficult, always useful and interesting type of human knowledge and skills in the best professional environment, with maximum creativity and wise variety of resources provided by comprehensive Catholic institution. This program is a corresponding response to community request to improve the nation’s mathematical education (currently 23rd in the world) which still deteriorates every year. Given the chronic shortage of specialists with mathematical preparation, the math major program underscores the University’s commitment to providing intellectual workforce for the region as well as nation.
What is the current and future demand for the program?
The U.S. is experiencing a chronic shortage of qualified math educators, math researches, statisticians, actuaries, commodities traders, quantitative and bank analysts, appraisers, designers, pollsters, epidemiologists, simulators, and other specialists with mandatory mathematical background. There is great demand today for individuals with strong analytical skills and experience in problem solving, logical reasoning, and their applications based on modern technology.
How does the program support the needs of the community for a professional workforce?
Graduates with a Liberal Arts Degree in Mathematics immediately qualify for a broad range of careers in sciences, business, industry, government, computer sciences, and teaching.
What resources are available in the program?
- Adequate classrooms
- Adequate library facilities
- Fully equipped Computer Center for computer-assisted mathematic courses
- Mathematics Tutoring Center
As for human resources, we have faculty members committed to:
- quality teaching in small classes
- careful student advisement
- promotion of student development
- innovation in teaching
- consideration of each student as an individual