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 Argument & Research
Humanities: Art and Music Fundamentals of Info. Systems
Survey of Economics Political Science elective
Calculus w/ Analytic Geometry I Calculus w/ Analytic Geometry II
Open elective Schools and Society
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
Public Speaking & Persuasion Instructional Design/Assessment
Educational Psychology Professional Communication
Natural Science elective and lab Statistics
Discrete Math Linear Algebra with Applications
Calculus w/ Analytic Geometry III Statistics
  General elective
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
Teaching Study w/ Special Needs Practicum Teaching math w/Technology
Teaching for Secondary Educators Geometry
General Psychology  Abstract Algebra/Number Theory
Visual Basic Programming            Math elective
Reading Literature: Coming of Age  Teaching in Inclusive Sec. Class.
Mathematical Statistics I  
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
Principles of Sociology Professional Semester
Reading Content/ELL Content Specific Pedagogy: Math    
Engineering elective    Student Teaching Seminar 
General elective Student Teaching Internship: Math
General elective


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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