Mathematics Secondary Education Teacher Certification
The major in mathematics is the foundation of the department’s curriculum. The basic program can be complemented with further courses depending on a student’s interest. Common directions of targeted preparation include graduate studies in a mathematical science and careers in statistics, finance, or operations research. Graduates have used a mathematics major as preparation for seemingly non-mathematical careers ranging from law to business to the ministry. Recent LVC graduates have obtained positions such as operations research analyst, bank credit analyst, marketing manager, and mutual fund accountant. Other mathematics graduates have taken positions involving computer system support and installation.
Typically, candidates for secondary education teaching certification in mathematics must be prepared for, and successfully complete, MAS 111, 112 (Analysis) and MAS 113, 114 (Intro to Mathematical Thinking) in their freshman year to complete the program in four years. Preparation for these courses is determined by a review of the student’s academic record and through the Calculus Readiness Test, which is