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Illinois has suffered from a shortage of mathematics teachers for the last eight years. Source: "Designated Teacher Shortage Areas," Illinois State Board of Education 

The critical shortage of qualified math teachers nationally has fueled the increased demand for certified mathematics educators. Governor State University's Mathematics Education certificate program prepares you for teacher certification in mathematics at the secondary education level. The program is open to baccalaureate graduates holding a degree in mathematics. 

The sequence of coursework is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and leads to an initial high school license in mathematics. You may also obtain an endorsement for teaching in middle school. 

To be recommended for an Illinois State Board of Education teaching license, you must present evidence of having passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (formerly Basic Skills), Subject-Matter Knowledge and Assessment of Professional Teaching examinations of the Illinois Certification Testing System. You must complete a student teaching requirement in mathematics and must meet other requirements for certification through approved programs in the teacher education and certification section of the GSU catalog.

Program Fact Sheet

Required Preparation

This is a post-baccalaureate certificate to prepare graduates of mathematics programs for teacher licensure in mathematics at the secondary education level. 

Teacher Certification

This sequence of courses is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and leads to the initial secondary licensure in mathematics. To be recommended for licensure by Governors State university, students must earn a grade of B or better in EDUC 4999: Student Teaching: Mathematics. 

To be recommended for an Illinois State Board of Education teaching certificate, the student must present evidence of having passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (formerly Basic Skills), Subject-Matter Knowledge and Assessment of Professional Teaching examinations of the Illinois Certification Testing System.

Students must meet other requirements for licensure through approved programs listed in the licensure of teachers and other school professionals section of the catalog. 

To be recommended by Governors State University, students must apply for the license within one year of completing the program. 

Admission to Mathematics Education

In addition to meeting all university admission requirements for certificate students, applicants must meet the following requirements to be admitted to the Mathematics Education Certificate:

  • have a bachelor's or higher in mathematics from a regionally accredited college or university
  • have a cumulative average GPA of 2.5 or higher in all lower division courses applied to the degree program
  • submit a word-processed essay not to exceed 300 words explaining why the applicant wishes to be a teacher.  

Continuation in the Certificate

In order to continue in the certificate after the first term of enrollment, students must meet the following requirements:

  • complete EDUC 2310 or equivalent with a grade of B or better
  • submit evidence of having passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (formerly Basic Skills) of the Illinois Certification Testing System
  • submit scores from the Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile 

Some schools and/or school districts require criminal background checks in advance of any field experience undertaken by teacher preparation candidates in school settings. Candidates may be required to comply with these requirements. Consult with your advisor for information concerning the related GSU policies and procedures. 

Admission to Student Teaching

Before enrolling in EDUC 4999 Student Teaching, an application for admission to student teaching must be submitted to the director off field experiences in the College of Education. The application must be submitted by Dec. 1 for the fall term and Jan. 31 for the spring term preceding the academic year in which the student intends to teach (student teaching is not offered in the summer term). This application for student teaching will verify that the student applying has or will have met the following requirements:

  • completed at least 48 hours of general education requirements with a GPA of 2.75 or higher in courses taken at Governors State University;
  • completed professional education course requirements, except student teaching, including a minimum of 100 clock hours of field experience with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, with a grade of C or better in each course and EDUC 6360 and EDUC 6370 with a grade of B or better
  • must have completed methods course no more than two years prior to the commencement of student teaching;
  • have no more than 6 hours remaining to be completed in the certificate in which the student is enrolled with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and completed all courses with a C or better
  • met all state requirements applicable to the subject matter area(s) in which the student will teach as outlined in "Section IX, Staff Qualifications" of the Illinois State Board of Education publication, "Minimum Requirements for State Licensure"
  • submit evidence of having passed the mathematics system
  • received a positive recommendation from the secondary education student progress committee

Student Handbook

For additional information, please see the Handbook for Secondary Education Students.

Certificate Requirements

Certificate Requirements

Students must meet all university requirements for a license, and in addition, students must complete the general education requirement for initial secondary licensure listed in the teacher education section of the catalog.

In addition, students must:

  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • earn a grade of C or better in all general education courses
  • have a GPA of 2.75 or higher for all general education courses
  • have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in mathematics courses with a grade of C or better in each course
  • have a GPA of 3.0 or higher for EDCP 6101, EDUC 4440 and SPED 6101, with a grade of C or better in each course
  • earn a grade of B or better in EDUC 2310, EDUC 6360 and EDUC 6370
  • earn a grade of B or better in EDUC 4999
  • complete a minimum of 100 clock hours of supervised pre-student teaching experiences
  • provide evidence of successful completion of the Illinois and U.S. Constitution examinations
  • show evidence of having passed the Assessment of Professional Teaching;
  • meet any additional requirements listed in the teacher licensure section of this catalog
  • receive a positive recommendation from the secondary education student progress committee. 

I.  Professional Education (minimum of 24 hours)

The following courses can be taken at either the lower-division or upper-division level:

EDUC 2310  Foundations of Education (3)

SPED  6101  Survey of Students with Exceptionalities (3) 

The following courses must be taken at the upper-division level:

EDCP 6101   Introduction to Educational Technology (3)

EDUC 6360   Principles of Secondary Math Education (3)

EDUC 6370   Teaching Secondary School Math (3)

EDUC  4440  Educational Psychology in Action (3)

EDUC 4999   Student Teaching: Secondary Math (12)  

II.  Additional Requirements

Students may need to complete additional general education or mathematics courses if their bachelor's degree requirements do not meet the requirements of the approved Governors State University program for the endorsement in mathematics education. 

III.  Minimum Total - 24 Hours at GSU

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the university requirements for a certificate found in the GSU catalog. Please meet with your faculty or academic advisor after admission to complete your study plan.

Advisor Information

Dianna Galante
Associate Professor
Academic Program Coordinator