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Overview | Math Education

Maranatha’s Mathematics Education program trains you to sharpen and develop your math abilities for use in a teaching ministry. Learn to open students’ eyes to the practical side of math: measuring scientific data, determining medicinal drug dosages, and interpreting political, economic, and even sports statistics. With such an acute shortage of math teachers in America, a degree in Math Education ensures a promising teaching career and allows you to pursue graduate work in other disciplines, such as science or medicine.


Program Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to identify a variety of differences among students and individualize instruction accordingly.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively plan for instruction, incorporating a wide variety of strategies for instruction and classroom management.
  • Students will demonstrate a thorough knowledge of secondary mathematics content and apply this knowledge to teaching.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to conduct and interpret a wide variety of assessments.
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism in education.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to teach content according to a biblical worldview.


Suggested Course Schedule

Semester 1

  • Foundations of Education (2)
  • Probability and Statistics* (3)
  • Old Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 1 (3)
  • Concepts in Biochemistry (3)
  • The Modern World (3)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

  • Freshman Fieldwork (0)
  • Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Calculus 1 (5)
  • New Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 2 (3)
  • American Studies Elective (3)

Total Credits: 17


*Some students may be required to take Pre-Calculus, if necessary.

    Semester 1

    • Secondary & Middle School Teaching Methods (3)
    • Calculus 2 (5)
    • Foundations of Mathematics (2)
    • Baptist Heritage (3)
    • Developmental Psychology (3)

    Total Credits: 16

    Semester 2

    • Sophomore Fieldwork (1)
    • Human Relations (3)
    • Calculus 3 (3)
    • Linear Algebra (3)
    • Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (3)
    • Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)
    • Music Elective (2)
    • Upper Level Status (0)
    Total Credits: 17

      Semester 1

      • The Exceptional Child (3)
      • Instructional Media & Technology (3)
      • Abstract Algebra (3)
      • Advanced Geometry (3)
      • Math Elective* (0/2)
      • Bile Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)

      Total Credits: 15/17


      Semester 2

      • Junior Practicum (2)
      • Educational Psychology (3)
      • Teaching Mathematics (3)
      • Math Elective* (0/2)
      • Math Education Seminar (2)
      • Literature Elective (3)
      • Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)
      Total Credits: 16/18


      * Students may choose to take the Math Elective in Semester 1 or Semester 2.


      Semester 1

      • Education Seminar (2)
      • Differential Equations (3)
      • Classroom Management and Positive Behavior (3)
      • Educational Assessment (2)
      • Bible Electives (6)

      Total Credits: 16

      Semester 2

      • Student Teaching (12)

      Total Credits: 12

      Alumni Spotlight

      Nate Oats (’98)
      Nate Oats (’98) studied Math Education and Coaching at MBU. In April of 2019, he was named the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Alabama. This came after a successful four-year stint (2015-19) as head coach at the University of Buffalo where he finished his tenure with a 96-43 (.691) record, three Mid-American Conference championships, and three NCAA Tournament appearances. He was twice named league Coach of the Year and National Basketball Coaches Association District Coach of the Year. Nate began his career as assistant basketball coach at Maranatha and then at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He explains the successful culture he has created within basketball programs: “We have three core values. We talk about maximum effort—every workout, weight room session, and practice. We work for continuous growth, getting better every day in academics and as young men. And we teach selfless love.”

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      Related Minors

      Early Childhood Education
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      Potential Career Fields

      Math Teacher
      Math Curriculum Writer
      Financial Analyst

      *Some careers and employment positions require graduate degrees,
      specialized training, or addtional certification and licenses.

      MBU Program Faculty

      Jodi Herbert

      College of Arts and Sciences | Department of Applied Science | School of Education | Associate Professor


      PhD Mathematics, Kansas State University
      MS Mathematics, Kansas State University
      BS Mathematics Education, Maranatha Baptist University

      Phil Price

      College of Arts and Sciences | Department of Applied Science | Associate Professor


      MAT Teaching Mathematics, University of Idaho
      BS Mathematics Education, Maranatha Baptist University

      Christine Lincoln

      School of Education | Professor


      EdD Curriculum and Instruction, Bob Jones University
      MEd Elementary Education, Bob Jones University
      BS Elementary Education, Maranatha Baptist University

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