2019-2020 College Catalog 
    Jun 21, 2024  
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics/Secondary Education, B.A./B.S.

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General Information:

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

The major in mathematics will provide graduates with the academic background necessary to enjoy a successful career in mathematics or a related field requiring organizational, analytical, and problem solving abilities.  Just as College of the Ozarks strives to produce citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated, hard-working, and patriotic, so all mathematics graduates should share the following traits, which flow from the goals of the College:

  • the ability to do mathematics, using modern technology when appropriate (Academic);
  • a background in mathematics sufficient for graduate work, teaching in the secondary schools, or employment in industry (Vocational);
  • a strong work ethic, persistence, and moral behavior consistent with a Christian worldview (Christian);
  • the ability to recognize as well as construct logical arguments to facilitate informed and thoughtful citizenship (Patriotic);
  • an appreciation for the beauty, elegance, and utility of mathematics as a model of God’s creation (Cultural).

All prerequisite courses require a grade of C- or better.

Mathematics/Secondary Education (9-12) Major Requirements: 84 credit hours

General Education Courses Specified by Major:


All Elementary and Secondary Majors should apply for admission to the Teacher Education program by the end of their fourth semester. Minimum standards for admission include: 1) Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and passing all sections of the MoGEA (Missouri General Education Assessment); 2) 30 semester hours course work completed and at least one (1) consecutive semester at College of the Ozarks; 3) ACT score on file.

Students must apply for permission to enroll in student teaching the semester preceding the student teaching semester. Minimum standards for permission to enroll include: 1) minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 with minimum 3.0 in content and professional courses; 2) successful completion of teaching certification course requirements in one or more teaching fields; 3) minimum grade of  “C-“ in all professional education and content field courses required; 4) Successful completion of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) is required prior to student teaching.

NOTE: College of the Ozarks Teacher Education Program and Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Certification Standards that are in effect at the time of program completion must be met in order to be recommended for teaching certification.

College of the Ozarks students who completed the professional educational programs for teacher certification had a 100% pass rate on the prescribed state licensure tests for 2017-2018.

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