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  Nov 22, 2017
 
2017-2018 Georgia Gwinnett Catalog

Mathematics - Concentration: Teacher Certification (BS)


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128 credits required for graduation

Bachelor of Science - Mathematics Degree


The School of Science and Technology offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with a major in Mathematics. The Mathematics Major includes concentrations in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Teacher Certification.

Laboratory Courses

Many courses in the School of Science and Technology include both a class and a laboratory component. The laboratory and class components complement each other as integrated elements of a course that facilitate the accomplishment of the Course Outcome Goals. As such they cannot be separated. Students must pass both the lab and class. If a student fails either the class or the laboratory component, they will receive a fail grade and must repeat the class.

Curriculum

General Education Requirements (60 hours)

The primary objective of the general education requirements is to guarantee that all students seeking a degree will be exposed to a common set of learning experiences that draw from a broad spectrum of subject areas. These common learning experiences are designed so that a student who completes the Core Curriculum will achieve the general education program goals as well as take introductory courses in the mathematics major that are prerequisite to courses in the program of study curriculum.

Additional Requirements (3 hours)

The physical education requirement is comprised of one credit hour of Wellness and two credit hours of additional Physical Education.

Legislative Requirements

Georgia law requires that each candidate for a degree demonstrate knowledge of the history and constitution on the United States and Georgia. These requirements may be met by receiving a passing grade in certain courses, or by passing the appropriate examination. The courses and the requirement(s) each course satisfies are as follows:

  1. HIST 2111  or HIST 2112  satisfies the Georgia and U.S. history requirement (if taken at a University System of Georgia institution).
  2. POLS 1101 satisfies the Georgia and US Constitution requirement (if taken at a University System of Georgia institution).
  3. Students with transfer credit (HIST 2111 , HIST 2112  or POLS 1101 ) from outside the University System of Georgia will need to contact the Testing Center regarding the legislative exams requirement.

Major Requirements (60 hours)

The courses in the Mathematics Major consist of both required and elective courses. The required courses are designed to ensure that all students receiving the BS Mathematics degree will share a common set of learning experiences toward achievement of the Program Outcome Goals. In addition, students will apply these learning experiences in the accomplishment of a capstone experience. Elective courses allow students to delve further into area of specialization that provide breadth and/or depth of learning.

Program Outcome Goals


Bachelor of Science - Mathematics

Concentration: Teacher Certification

Graduates who complete the Mathematics Major (Teacher Certification Concentration) will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to clearly and precisely present mathematical ideas and proofs to others in oral and written form.
  2. Show proficiency with a broad range of concepts from modern mathematics and an in-depth knowledge of at least one major area.
  3. Use mathematical methods to analyze real-world problems and to make informed decisions based on interpretations of the results.
  4. Demonstrate scholarship and independent learning by making appropriate contributions to the discipline;
  5. Effectively apply appropriate technological tools toward solving mathematical problems.
  6. Communicate the nature of mathematics as a rich theoretical and applied disciple to the mathematics community and the community-at-large.
  7. Demonstrate competence in applying mathematics to a least one other field.
  8. Work as individuals and as members of collaborative teams to apply analytical and quantitative tools to a variety of applications.
  9. Satisfy the 12 Candidate Outcomes identified for the Teacher Education Unit.

Educator Preparation Goals

The School of Education is committed to preparing teachers who ensure that students reach high levels of achievement. GGC graduates are caring, competent, analytical, collaborative, and adaptive. Research supports the central role of each of these domains in fostering student achievement. Each of these domains is operationally defined by a set of specific learning outcomes which are expected of candidates in all programs.

Domain 1: Interpersonal Expertise

2.5 Candidates foster environments that reflect ethical behavior, respect, kindness, safety, and care.
2.6 Candidates create culturally inclusive learning environments that capitalize on the developmental characteristics and life experiences of learners.

Domain 2: Content and Pedagogical Expertise

2.1 Candidates know the content they are expected to teach and engage in ongoing learning opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in order to provide all learners with engaging curriculum and learning experiences based on local and state standards.
2.2 Candidates utilize a variety of content appropriate instructional strategies which include communicating effective and descriptive feedback to maximize learning for all students.
2.3 Candidates seamlessly integrate technology into the design, delivery, and assessments of learning environments and experiences.
2.4 Candidates manage learning environments and collaborate with learners to make appropriate adjustments and to set goals for their own learning.

Domain 3: Assessment and Analytical Expertise

3.1 Candidates assess student learning using appropriate assessment tools.
3.2 Candidates organize, analyze, and interpret assessment data from multiple sources, which guiding learners in examining their own thinking and learning as well as the performance of others.
3.3 Candidates’ instructional decisions are data-driven.

Domain 4: Leadership Expertise

4.10 Candidates assume leadership roles in classrooms and other school/community environments.
4.11 Candidates collaborate effectively with peers, school personnel, families, and community members.

Domain 5: Adaptive Expertise

5.1 Candidates exhibit routine and adaptive expertise for teaching.

Admission to the Educator Preparation Programs

Admission to the Educator Preparation is required for admission to junior- and senior-level courses in the majors. The following requirements must be met for admission into the Early Childhood Education and Special Education majors, as well as the Teacher Certification Tracks of the biology, English, history, mathematics, and political science majors.

  1. The applicant must be a student in good standing at Georgia Gwinnett College. This means that the applicant should not be on academic warning or academic probation.
  2. The applicant must have completed 45 semester hours of college level credit by the end of the semester of application with an overall GPA of 2.5 or better.
  3. The applicant must have earned a grade of C or better in EDUC 2110 , EDUC 2120 , and EDUC 2130  (or have approved course substitutions) by the end of the semester of application.
  4. The applicant must pass or exempt the GACE Basic Skills Assessment by the end of the semester of application.
  5. The applicant must receive satisfactory ratings on the Pre-Professional Practices and Behavior in EDUC 2110 , EDUC 2120 , and EDUC 2130  OR submit a recommendation form from a professor at the non-GGC institution where the candidate took the EDUC courses.
  6. The applicant must have a satisfactory performance on an oral presentation in EDUC 2110 , EDUC 2120 , or EDUC 2130  OR an oral interview with a faculty mentor at GGC.
  7. The applicant must submit evidence of liability insurance. Liability insurance may be obtained through membership in a professional educators’ organization.
  8. The applicant must submit an Application for Admission to Educator Preparation which includes all of the required documentation.

Prospective applicants to the Educator Preparation Programs may obtain application information from their mentors or from the School of Education.

General Education (60 semester hours)


Area A - Essential Skills: (9 semester hours)


Area B - Institutional Option (4 semester hours)


Area C - Humanities/Fine Arts (6 semester hours)


Select one from the following:


Area D - Natural Sciences, Math, Technology (11 semester hours)


Select one from the following:


Area E - Social Science (12 semester hours)


Area F - Courses Related to the Program of Study (18 semester hours)


Select one: if MATH2200 is in Area A


Additional Requirements (3 hours)


Physical Education Requirement


Program of Study (64 semester hours)


Required Mathematics Courses (15-18 hrs)


Mathematics Elective Courses (6-9 hours)


Any 3000/4000 level MATH courses except MATH 3008 , MATH 3011 , MATH 3111 , or MATH 3311 .

Note


*required prior to Admission to Teacher Education

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