Mathematics Grades 8-12 Major – Asbury University
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See the Mathematics Grades 8-12 Major Sheet (PDF) to view the required courses for this major.

Why study Mathematics Grades 8-12 at Asbury University?

“Math is hands-down the most challenging subject for the majority of students. They need more help, more attention and more manipulatives (hands-on activities), but most of all they need a teacher willing to step outside of the boundaries of standard teaching and creatively facilitate math lessons.”

— Julia Stapleton ’22

As an Asbury University student, in both introductory and upper division classes, the small class sizes ensure that you have the support of your classmates and that professors are available to answer your questions, leaving you ready for the steps ahead. Our Math Education classroom is fully equipped with math manipulatives, which give you experience with the tools that will help you to teach material effectively. Asbury University students do exceptionally well on teacher certification exams. 

Math education courses offer you breadth in mathematics and its applications. Teachers of Mathematics in both public and private middle and high schools are in very high demand. The program content of the Mathematics Grades 8-12 major follows the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Mathematical Association of America and meets teacher certification requirements in most states. AU’s Department of Mathematics and School of Education have a strong commitment to a program of quality. 

What is the Mathematics Grades 8-12 major like?

A Mathematics Grades 8-12 major can expect to take math courses like:

  • Data Science
  • Calculus
  • Probability & Statistics
  • Algebraic Structures

In addition to these, you have the opportunity to take education courses, such as:

  • Human Growth/Development
  • Reading/Writing Across Curriculum
  • Classroom Management
  • One semester of student teaching

The Hamann-Ray Science Center is home to the Math Department classrooms and offices. Reasoner Hall is home to the School of Education and its offices.

What opportunities will I have outside of class?

Every spring, math education students plan and host Math Night, an event designed to introduce elementary, middle and high school students to new math concepts. The event also serves as an exciting chance for Math Grades K-12 majors to implement what they’ve learned in their classes as they seek to incorporate hands-on activities in a fun way.

Math Grades K-12 students attend the Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference each year and are often invited to present their research. The conference provides special insight into the field and professional development opportunities, as well as offering new and inventive ways to teach math. On AU’s own campus, experienced faculty work with you directly as you prepare to present your research at the annual SEARCH Symposium and in other conferences across the nation, like KCTM. Some of the research our students have done:

  • “Literature in the Mathematics Classroom” – Sarah ’20
  • “Fact Fluency with Traditional and Technology Interventions” – Emily ’20
  • “Automaticity of Basic Operations and Correlation with MAP Scores in Middle School” – Bria ’18
  • “Do Sports Context Problems Increase Engagement?” – Keith ’19
  • “The Integration of a SMART Board into Instruction and the Effects on Student Achievement in Mathematics” – Ashley ’18