College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematics

Five-Year B.S./M.S. Program in Mathematics and Mathematics Education



The combined B.S./M.S. program in mathematics and secondary mathematics education offers students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate major in mathematics and an M.S. in Mathematics Education,  and obtain Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Secondary Teacher Certification in Mathematics.  The curriculum emphasizes the unique character of mathematics learning theory, technology, and techniques for effective teaching in the discipline.  The program strengthens traditional certification programs by incorporating a research experience.  This program requires 5 years to complete.


The five-year program is open only to undergraduate mathematics majors at Saint Joseph’s.  Students will be evaluated for acceptance into the program in the spring of their junior year.  Applicants must submit a complete an on-line graduate application by April 15 and submit thier undergraduate transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a personal essay describing the student’s goals. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better is required.


The information below applies to students who will graduate from the Five-Year Program by August 31, 2014.  The requirements for students who will graduate September 2014 or later are also available.

Students must complete all requirements for the undergraduate B.S. in Mathematics as described in the Undergraduate Catalog. To receive the M.S. in Mathematics Education, students must take an additional 31 credits at the graduate level in Education or Mathematics Education during the following summer and academic year.

Graduate coursework (31 credits total) must include:

  1. Research Component: MED 793 Research in Mathematics Education I (3 credits) or MED 783 Research in Mathematics I (3 credits)
  2. SPE 602 Diagnostic Assessment and Progress Monitoring (3 credits)
  3. EDU 616/616F Instructional Techniques in Mathematics with Field Experience (4 credits)
  4. Student Teaching: EDU 691 Secondary Student Teaching (6 credits)
  5. Electives: MED or EDU graduate level courses (15 additional credits)

Required undergraduate coursework

  1. PSY 100 Introductory Psychology
  2. EDU 160/160F Schools in Society with Field Experience
  3. EDU 151/151F Development, Cognition and Learning or EDU 157/157F Adolescent Development with Field Experience (replaces Educational Psychology)
  4. SPE 160/160F Introduction to Special Education with Field Experience


Required coursework at either the undergraduate or graduate level:

  1. EDU 247 Reading in the Content Area or EDU 647 Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum
  2. EDU 246 Literacy, Language and Culture or EDU 646 Language and Culture


Required coursework in mathematics at the undergraduate level (courses taken as mathematics electives as part of the major requirements):

  1. MAT 321 Probability
  2. MAT 322 Mathematical Statistics


Required mathematics coursework at either the graduate or undergraduate level (Note: MED courses may be used to satisfy requirements of the undergraduate mathematics major only with the approval of the Department Chairperson.)

  1. MAT 233 or MED 551 History of Mathematics
  2. MAT 332 or MED 554 Geometry


Certification Exams

  1. PPST section of Praxis I
  2. Specialty Area Test of Praxis