Secondary Education

Students wishing to be certified to teach mathematics at the secondary level in Illinois enroll in the Bradley University Mathematics Department MTHT major program. The mathematics requirements for this degree program consist of a core of required classes, the fulfillment of a breadth requirement, and a depth requirement. In addition, to be certified to teach mathematics at the secondary level in the state of Illinois one must complete the requirements for a secondary teaching certificate. These requirements are listed under the Department of Teacher Education (Secondary Programs) and include a minimum of 35 hours in education courses.

  1. The mathematics core curriculum for the MTHT program is:
    • MTH 121 Calculus I
    • MTH 122 Calculus II
    • MTH 223 Calculus III
    • MTH 207 Linear Algebra
    • MTH 325 Probability and Statistics I
    • MTH 404 Abstract Algebra I
    • MTH 420 Real Analysis I
    • CS 100 or 101 Programming
  2. The depth requirement can be fulfilled by completing two sequences from among the following five sequences: MTH 325-326, MTH 404-405, MTH 420 and MTH 421 or MTH 403, MTH 501-502, MTH 510-511.
  3. The breadth requirement can be fulfilled by completing a total of 24 semester hours in courses numbered 301 and above. Upper-level mathematics in the core curriculum and sequence course are counted in this total.
  4. The state currently requires that students be introduced to various topics in order to meet certification requirements. Most of the mathematical topics required for certification are covered in the core curriculum described in number 1 above. Currently, there are additional certification requirements in graph theory, geometry, and history of mathematics. State certification requirements change frequently. It is the student’s responsibility to see that the current state certification requirements are satisfied.