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Secondary Math Education (BS)

Learn the proper pedagogy for teaching math for 7–12 grade and an educational approach to create a supportive environment for the whole person—mind, heart, and soul.

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Why Secondary Math Education?

A Secondary Math program is designed to develop reflective educators who engage students actively in their own learning and foster critical thinking skills. The curriculum includes three integrated components: a body of general studies to develop a depth in math content knowledge; education courses to align learning theory, curricular design and subject-specific methodology practices in math; and performance-based school placements for applied, contextual practice in a secondary math classroom.  Certification includes PA State Secondary Math Instructional I (Grades 7-12) as well as Association of Christian Schools International Secondary Math (Grades 7-12); certification in Special Education 7-12 and/or TESOL PK-12 may be added on to the secondary math education program.

Secondary Math Education at Cairn

Academic Opportunity

Receive the integration of special education, English as a Second Language, and differentiation practices throughout the course of study.

Experienced Faculty

Learn from professors with extensive backgrounds in classroom teaching and student teacher supervision.

Career Preparation

Teach or tutor students in one-on-one, local school, and international contexts throughout your program of study.

Graduate School Preparation

Earn a bachelor’s degree and an MS in Education in as few as five years, all while qualifying for undergraduate financial aid.

Hands-On Education

Gain opportunities for field experiences throughout the program to apply what is being learned in the classroom.

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Required Credits: 133

Curriculum Highlights: 

    • MAT 321 Linear Algebra
    • MAT 341 History & Philosophy of Math
    • EDU  Teaching Secondary Math
    • MAT 331 Discrete Mathematics
    • EDU 402 Ed Assessment/Adapt
    • EDU 401 Philosophy of School Ed

Secondary classroom teacher (middle school or high school) in public, Christian, other private, or international school.

Special Education 7-12 and/or TESOL K-12 classroom teacher, support personnel, or co-teacher.

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An Affordable Education

While the cost of a Cairn University education is competitive with similar institutions, we realize you may need financial assistance to take this journey.  You are not alone. 97% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance. 

Meet Our Faculty

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Rebecca Cella

Director of Student Teaching and Field Placement; Program Advisor, Secondary Education; Assistant Professor, School of Education

Becky Cella teaches English composition, literature and arts of the Western world, and teaching English in the secondary school.

Prior to joining Cairn University, Ms. Cella taught English at International Christian High School and Esperanza Charter High School, as well as Sunday School at Riverstone Church in Yardley, PA.

She has been on missions trips to Belize and Liberia, West Africa, and has a passion for using effective classroom management to reach at-risk students. She and her husband, Matt, have two children: Gavin and Grayson.

Kate Mehmel

Kate Mehmel

Assistant Professor, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Kate Mehmel is a Cairn graduate who returned to the University after teaching high school math for 13 years. She (slowly) worked on a MA in Mathematics from Villanova while teaching, coaching, running youth group, and counseling at summer camp. She loves teenagers. She also loves to camp, hike, and generally to be outside, though inside with a book and a cup of coffee is also lovely. She spends most of her time with her toddler Eliana, who is (usually) a delight and in whom she is trying to instill a love of both the outdoors and books.

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