Mathematics Education (Secondary Certification)

A mathematics degree at University of the Cumberlands offers a wide range of courses that can be tailored to address students’ individual needs and interests. Its purpose is to develop a broad understanding of mathematics and an appreciation of its beauty and usefulness in God’s world. Small class sizes allow you to interact closely with your professors who will take an interest in your progress. Our Mathematics and Physics Resource Center will provide you with access to state-of-the-art technology.

With a major in mathematics, you will pursue a Bachelor of Science in mathematics education with secondary mathematics certification, which will well prepare you to enter the classroom as a qualified mathematics teacher.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

As you consider different majors or approach graduation, you need to explore your options and potential careers in mathematics. Although everyone is aware of teaching as an option, do you know of other options with a mathematics or physics major?

As you explore, one problem is that few job titles will actually say “mathematician.”  In fact, most occupations with those titles require a Ph.D. But that doesn't mean that you are left out in the cold with just a bachelor's degree. Many employers prize people with a strong math background, not because they need people to evaluate integrals or work kinetic energy problems, but because they need people to be problem solvers.

You may discover some options by considering what some of Cumberland's graduates in mathematics and physics are doing now. Besides educators, you will find many math majors who are working in the computer industry. Of these, you will find some who double majored with Computer Information Systems (CIS), but you will also find some who took few, if any, computer classes while a student. The latter group was hired because the employer knew that they had developed their logic and problem solving skills. The employer could then teach them the programming, web design, or other computer skills that they would use.

You will also find some who are using their problem solving skills that they developed as undergraduates and applying those skills in business, government, or in the military. They may work as a director of manufacturing operation, network manager, or as a financial analyst for such companies as the American Express, Bell South, IBM, and Marriott.

Either immediately after graduating with a bachelors or later, many people eventually decide to further their education. Their masters or doctorate may be in statistics, engineering, mathematics, physics, medical physics, computer science, education, or even medicine. Especially in the areas of mathematics and physics, the bonus is that many universities will pay you to attend graduate school. If you can show them that you are a promising student by having high grades in college and a good score on the GRE, they will pay you a stipend which is sufficient to live on and often waive tuition as well. You may be responsible for running a weekly help session or for teaching a class, such as College Algebra.