Mathematics Teacher Certification: Robert Morris University Mathematics Teacher Certification | Robert Morris University


Robert Morris University offers a Bachelor of Sciencein Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Mathematics Teacher Education. The goal of the program is to develop graduates committed to effective instruction that supports the intellectual, social, and personal development of all learners.  

The RMU teacher certification program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Upon successful completion of this undergraduate degree program, the teacher candidate applies to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for teacher certification in secondary English (grades 7-12).

In addition to the course requirements listed below, each undergraduate education major must meet ten other certification requirements, all of which must be satisfied for the PDE to grant a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate to teach specific content areas at the secondary level.

Mathematics Teacher Career Options

Teaching is a highly respected profession which provides a regular daily and weekly work schedule, time off each year, excellent benefits, job security and opportunities to continue your education.

2010 national mean bachelor-level, entry-level salaries: (information from the National Association of Colleges and Employers)



Special Education




Specific Academic/Vocational




2009 RMU Salary Survey:

Elementary Education

Mean: $31,250

Range: $24,000 - $38,500 (based on three or fewer responses)

Business Education (M.S.)

Mean: $40,539

Range: $30,000 - $55,000

Below is a typical four-year course of study for mathematics teacher certification, including major requirements and electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests. 

FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
Reading and Writing Strategies or Intercultural Communications Argument & Research
Communications Intro to Decision Support Systems
Humanities: Art and Music US History I or US History II
Survey of Economics Calculus w/ Analytic Geometry II
Calculus w/ Analytic Geometry I Schools and Society
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
Public Speaking & Persuasion Professional Communications
Natural Science elective and lab Intro to Web Development or Intro to Multimedia
Calculus w/ Analytic Geometry III Statistics
Discrete Math Linear Algebra with Applications
Educational Psychology Educational Assessment
  Elective: ASCI, ENGR, MATH, MGMT, or STAT
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
Reading Literature: Coming of Age Practicum Teaching Math w/Technology
General Psychology Geometry
Visual Basic Programming or C++ Programming Intro to Proof and Number Theory
Mathematical Statistics  I         Technology for Teachers
Intro to Special Education Pre K-12 Teaching in the Inclusive Pre K-12
Curriculum Instructional Design  
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
Principles of Sociology or Contemporary American Social Problems Student Teaching Seminar
Elective: ASCI, ENGR, MATH, MGMT, or STAT Student Teaching Internship: Math  
Teaching the English Language   
Abstract Algebra
Content Specific Pedagogy: Math


At Robert Morris University, we’re not just training our students to get a job, we’re educating them for a whole series of professional careers—and for a lifetime of enrichment and contribution. We call the RMU education “engaged learning,” and we are one of a handful of schools around the nation that offers students a Student Engagement Transcript to certify their character-building credentials as well as their academic credentials. Our unique combination of high-quality academics with a professional focus allows us to transform our graduates.

School of Education & Social Sciences - Advisory Committee  School of Education & Social Sciences - Advisory Committee 

A resource for faculty and students in teacher education is the advisory board, which consists of education alumni, teachers, and administrators from schools where our graduates are employed. These professionals provide advice and input on matters pertaining to the education profession which are helpful to the department in keeping the curriculum current and in keeping our program requirements challenging yet practical. Thus, it is the primary goal of the board to help keep Robert Morris at the cutting edge of teacher education offerings in the area.

The School of Education and Social Sciences faculty is comprised of caring individuals who accept the responsibility for educating the "whole" student at RMU. Consequently, our faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise who effectively implement sound instructional practices when teaching and just as importantly, they engage students in a variety of purposeful enrichment activities outside the classroom setting. One hundred percent of SESS full-time faculty hold a doctorate degree in their field and have strong backgrounds as teachers, researchers, counselors, psychologists, principals, superintendents, and authors. Students learn from them first-hand what it takes to succeed.

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

Higher education is an investment in your future. 

At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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