• Professor oversees as students test primary-school lesson plans with simulated visual impairments
  • Smiling students in classroom listening to instructor

The secondary teaching emphasis will prepare you for a career in teaching math to grades 7-12. Coursework includes education-focused content that prepares you for pursuing your teaching credential and electives may be chosen to meet requirements in the teacher education program.

Admission requirements

Students who are interested in applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program should consult with their academic advisors and/or contact the Regional Enrollment Office prior to (2 or more semesters before) completion of their degrees.

Applicants to the Teacher Education Program are required to complete the following in order to be considered for admission.

  • Online application
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A written request to waive the GPA requirement can be submitted for Program Director consideration.
  • Three letters of reference
  • Personal statement documenting experience working with youth LA 385 - Critical Approaches to Teaching is recommended to students, as it provides school-based experiences with youth that meet this requirement.
  • Verifications of negative TB test and Certificate of Clearance.

Testing Requirements

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the required tests prior to admission to the credential program. Students must meet established testing requirements to progress into the student teaching or internship phase of the Teacher Education Program.

  • Passing results on CBEST
  • Passing results on CSET for area of credential


Required Co-requisite Courses

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the required co-requisite courses as part of their undergraduate programs. If not completed prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program, the equivalent graduate-level courses can be added to a student’s academic plan for the credential program.

LANG 340Introduction to Linguistics3
PSY 355Adolescent Development3
PS 120American Politics and Society 3 or HIST 150 - American Civilization4

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

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Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information

Mathematics (AS-T) to Mathematics: Secondary Teaching Emphasis, B.A.

BA courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BA co-requisites and major courses fulfilled through ADT:
    • MATH 210   Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 220   Calculus II (4)
    • MATH 230   Calculus III (4)
  • This program is offered as daytime traditional

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.

Course listing

Note: Emphasis courses are additional courses that are to be completed alongside the general education and parent program requirements as dictated by the Fresno Pacific University catalog. Please review the course requirements for baccalaureate programs and the general education summary in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

If you are interested in only completing the Mathematics Secondary Teaching Emphasis, see below for course listings. Contact Shawn Wirts with any questions at shawn.wirts@fresno.edu.

Emphasis Core (15 Units)

MATH 320Principles of Geometry3
MATH 330Abstract Algebra3
MATH 340Number Theory3
MATH 350Problem Solving3
MATH 480History of Mathematics3

Electives (9 Units)

Select three of the following

MATH 325Introduction to Topology3
MATH 345Numerical Analysis3
MATH 357Operations Research3
MATH 365Differential Equations3
MATH 370Discrete Mathematics3
MATH 375Introduction to Game Theory3
MATH 454Complex Analysis3
MATH 477Independent Research in Mathematics1 - 3

Computer science courses (advisor approval required)

MATH-477 must be taken for a total of 3 units to serve as an elective. Course may be repeated for credit.

Program director

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Shawn Wirts, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Director, Mathematics B.A.


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Ron Pratt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Applied Mathematics B.S.

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Manjula Peter Joseph, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mathematics Education