Plan D, an option in secondary education, is designed for students seeking mathematics teacher certification at the secondary level. Students who complete this option will qualify for certification in secondary education in mathematics.

Four Year Plan

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.

  • Overview
  • Cost
  • Courses
  • Faculty
  • Admissions
  • Dates
  • Objectives
  • Overview

    The Bachelor of Science degree program has four plans, each designed for specific career goals: Plan A, the Traditional Track; Plan B, the Applied Mathematics Track; Plan C, the Statistics/Actuarial Track; and Plan D, the UTEACH Secondary Education Track. The student’s advisor will help the student choose the best track, based on the student’s interests.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Method of Delivery

    Traditional classes.

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 120

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses

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    • CS-1300 - Introduction to Computer Science

      This course introduces two fundamental aspects of computer science--abstraction and design--as students learn to develop programs in a high-level programming language. Students will study and implement a variety of applications, including graphics and scientific simulations. The course assumes no prior background in programming or computer science.

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    • MATH-1113 - Precalculus

      This course is designed to prepare students for calculus, physics, and related technical subjects. Topics include an intensive study of algebraic and transcendental functions accompanied by analytic geometry. Credit for this course is not allowed if the student already has credit for MATH 1634. If course is taken through eCore, course is 3 credit hours.

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    • MATH-1634 - Calculus I

      The first of a three-course sequence in calculus. Limits, applications of derivatives to problems in geometry and the sciences (physical and behavioral). Problems which lead to anti-derivatives.

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    • MATH-2009 - Sophomore Seminar

      The impact of mathematics in the real world will be presented in the form of lectures, computer labs, and seminars offered by the department of mathematics faculty. The course includes problem solving sessions involving competition problems (e.g. Putnam, MCM, IMO,...) and the use of the technology and computer Algebra systems, such as Maple and Matlab. The course also explores applications of mathematics to the real world, its history and connection to other sciences through projects and reports. A final exam will assess their understanding of the subject matter discussed throughout the course.

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    • MATH-2644 - Calculus II

      A continuation of MATH 1634. The definite integral and applications, calculus of transcendental functions, standard techniques of integration, sequences and series.

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    • MATH-2853 - Elementary Linear Algebra

      A concrete, applied approach to matrix theory and linear algebra. Topics include matrices and their connection to systems of linear equations, Gauss-Jordan elimination, linear transformations, eigenvalues, and diagonalization. The use of mathematical software is a component of the course.

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    • MATH-3003 - Transition to Advanced Mathematics

      A transition course to advanced mathematics. Topics include logic, set theory, properties of integers and mathematical induction, relations, and functions.

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    • MATH-3243 - Advanced Calculus

      A rigorous introduction to the fundamental concepts of single-variable calculus. Topics included the real numbers, limits, continuity, uniform continuity, differentiation, integration, and sequences and series.

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    • MATH-3303 - Ordinary Differential Equations

      Modeling with and solutions of ordinary differential equations, including operators, Laplace transforms, and series; systems of ODE's, and numerical approximations.

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    • MATH-3805 - Functions & Modeling

      This is a mathematics course designed to address the unique needs of future teachers of mathematics. It is required of UTEACH math majors and also counts toward their mathematics degree. In the course, students engage in explorations and lab activities designed to strengthen and expand their knowledge of the topics found in secondary mathematics. Course is restricted to UTEACH students.

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    • MATH-3825 - Research Methods

      Specially designed to meet the needs of future teachers, students design and carry out four independent inquiries, which they write up and present in the manner that is common in the scientific community. Course is restricted to UTEACH students.

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    • MATH-4203 - Mathematical Probability

      A calculus based statistics course with a strong emphasis on probability theory. Exercises are both theoretical and applied, including both discrete and continuous probability distributions such as the Binomial and Normal. The course provides the underlying theory and mathematically derived techniques of Statistics. Hypothesis testing for various parameters and regression are also discussed in this course.

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    • MATH-4233 - College Geometry

      An introduction to Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries developed with the study of constructions, transformations, applications, and the rigorous proving of theorems.

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    • MATH-4513 - Linear Algebra I

      The first course in a comprehensive, theoretically-oriented, two-course sequence in linear algebra. Topics include vector spaces, subspaces, linear transformations, determinants, and elementary canonical forms.

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    • MATH-4983 - Senior Project

      A faculty-directed independent research project culminating in the writing of a paper and an oral presentation of the results of the project. Prerequisite: Senior standing as a mathematics major.

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    • STEM-3815 - Perspectives on Science and Mathematics

      Specially designed to meet the needs of future teachers, students design and carry out two lesson plans which they write up and present in the manner that is common in the scientific community. Course is restricted to UTEACH students.

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    • UTCH-2001 - Inquiry Approaches to Teaching

      The purpose of Step 1 is to have students explore teaching experiences in science or mathematics. Students teach science or mathematics lessons in local elementary classrooms and obtain first-hand experience with planning and implementing inquiry-based curriculum. The instructor introduces students to the theory and practice behind inquiry-based science and mathematics instruction and guides them through the process of designing and preparing to teach lessons. The course requires field experiences at local schools and requires a satisfactory result on the College of Education Criminal Background Check.

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    • UTCH-2002 - Inquiry Based Lesson Design

      Students who want to explore teaching careers become familiar with the middle school setting by observing and discussing the middle school environment, and by teaching several lessons to a middle school class. They build upon and practice lesson design skills that were developed in Step 1 and also become familiar with excellent science and mathematics curricula for the middle school setting. As a result of the Step 2 experiences, students generally are able to make a decision as to whether they want to pursue a pathway to teacher certification through the UTeach program. UTCH 2001 is a prerequisite for this course.

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    • UTCH-3001 - Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science Education

      The goal of this course is to develop a powerful tool kit of approaches to knowing and learning in science and mathematics. This course focuses on issues of what it means to learn and know science and mathematics. Prerequisite 2.5 gpa

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    • UTCH-3002 - Classroom Interactions

      This course continues the process of preparing pre-service teaching candidates to teach mathematics and science in secondary settings by providing opportunities to see how theories explored in Knowing and Learning play out in instructional settings. You will design and implement instructional activities informed by your own understanding of what it means to know and learn mathematics and science, and then evaluate the outcomes of those activities on the basis of student artifacts (i.e., what students say, do, or create). Pre-requisite 2.5 gpa.

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    • UTCH-3003 - Project Based Instruction

      The course Project-Based Instruction (PBI) supports continued development as a teacher, building on your previous UTeach courses. PBI provides opportunities to observe and teach in the secondary science or mathematics classroom, continuing field experiences from UTCH 2001, UTCH 2002, and Classroom Interactions. PBI also provides the basis for building on the theoretical knowledge base of the courses Knowing & Learning and Classroom Interactions. This course will also provide opportunities to generate artifacts for a professional portfolio to meet requirements for teacher certification. This course aims to help close the research-practice gap by developing your capacity to identify and evaluate best teaching practices as presented in research literature.

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    • UTCH-3004 - Inclusive Secondary Mathematics and Science Classrooms

      This course engages students in observations, interactions, and analyses of educational issues related to inclusive secondary Mathematics and Science classrooms. The course includes a thorough examination and practice of instructional strategies and accommodations required to meet the needs of students with special needs in inclusion settings. Application of reading and writing strategies to support content acquisition is emphasized. This course will satisfy the requirement of course work in the identification and education of children with special education needs as mandated by Georgia House Bill 671.

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    • UTCH-4000 - Apprentice Teaching

      The course requires Candidates to teach for one full semester in the public schools at the secondary level under the supervision of an experienced, qualified classroom teacher. Weekly 90 minute seminars are scheduled on campus as an integral part of the Apprentice Teaching experience. In a supportive environment Apprentice Teachers share their experiences and work on solutions for difficulties they are experiencing. They learn about legal and logistical issues in teaching, become familiar with how the diverse components of a high school or middle school are organized into a highly effective system, and prepare for the GACE Exams. For their final product, Apprentice Teachers submit a portfolio, which documents their progress toward meeting the GA PSC standards for new teachers.

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  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Application Deadlines

    Fall Semester - June 1

    Spring Semester - November 15

    Summer Semester - May 15 

    Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
       
    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here
    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide
      Undergraduate Application
      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
       
    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
      University of West Georgia
      1601 Maple Street
      Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
       
    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
       
    7. Check the status of your application

    Contact

    Dr. David Leach, Director of Undergraduate Studies
    Phone: 678-839-4127
    Email: cleach@westga.edu 

  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

  • Objectives

    L1.  A thorough understanding of the calculus, including its computational aspects, applications, and theoretical foundations.

    L2.  An ability to read, write, and understand mathematical proofs involving foundational aspects of mathematics, such as logic, set theory, basic function theory, and mathematical induction.

    L3.  A solid foundation in the fundamentals of applied linear algebra, including its computational aspects and applications.

    L4.  An ability to make written an oral presentations on various mathematical topics and problems.

    L14.  A solid background in the fundamentals of modern algebra, number theory, applied statistics, and college geometry.

    L15. Proficiency in the methods and philosophies pertinent to secondary education.