Secondary Teacher Certification (7-12) Option

120 credits

This Option leads to certification to teach mathematics in the public schools. This program is certified at both the state and national level by the New Hampshire Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Graduates who complete this Teacher Certification Option are eligible for 7-12 teacher certification in the state of New Hampshire. Because of New Hampshire’s membership in the Interstate Certification Contract, Plymouth graduates are eligible to earn a certificate or license in another Contract state upon application to that state’s department of education. For further information, please see the Teacher Education and Clinical Experiences section.

All teacher certification candidates who interact with students in public school settings through course-related field experiences, including Student Teaching, are subject to New Hampshire law that requires all persons who come into contact with pupils on a regular basis for a period of time to undergo a full disclosure criminal records check, including fingerprinting. The processing of the criminal records check is conducted at the site school before the field experience begins. The fee for this processing is the responsibility of the teacher candidate and is paid directly to the school district. Each new site will require a separate fingerprinting and background check.

In order for teacher candidates to participate in field experiences in diverse settings that are essential for their development as teachers, teacher candidates must be willing and able to travel outside of the Plymouth area beyond walking distances. All teacher candidates should plan for and be able to secure their own transportation by the junior year.

Degree Requirements


Courses required for the Option are shown in boldface.
MA 2000 Introduction to Formal Mathematics 3
MA 2550 Calculus I (QRCO) 4
MA 2560 Calculus II (QRCO) 4
MA 3050 Introduction to Mathematics Education 3
MA 3110 Logic, Proofs, and Axiomatic Systems (WRCO) 3
MA 3120 Linear Algebra 3
MA 3200 Discrete Mathematics 3
MA 3230 Geometries (TECO) (WRCO) 4
MA 3460 History of Mathematics (GACO) (WRCO) 3
MA 3500 Probability and Statistics for Scientists 3
MA 3540 Calculus III 4
MA 4020 The Cultural and Psychological Aspects of Mathematics Learning (DICO) (INCO) 3
MA 4040 Mathematics in the Secondary and Middle School 3
MA 4140 Abstract Algebra (WRCO) 3
MA 4975 Mathematics Student Teaching (7-12) 12
MA 4985 Mathematics Student Teaching Seminar 1
CD 3000 Philosophical and Historical Perspectives on the Child in Society (INCO) (WRCO) 3
ED 3350 Classroom Planning, Management, and Organization for Middle School and Secondary Educators (TECO) 3
PS 3190 Development and Understanding (WECO) 3
SE 3090 Introduction to Special Education: Middle and Secondary 3
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
Electives 19-17

Students must receive a grade of C or better in all MA courses required in their degree program. A grade of C or better must be earned in any MA prerequisite course before enrolling in the post-requisite course. Student Teaching requires a 2.50 minimum cumulative grade point average.

*All course information is from the 2013-2014 Catalog.