Female math education student helps child solve a math problem

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Education

About the B.A. in Mathematics Education Degree

Cedarville’s distinctly Christian, accredited mathematics education major will train you to teach mathematics in grades 7–12 in Christian or public schools. The integrated mathematics education program is academically rigorous, and you will learn to think about the source, implications, and purpose of mathematical knowledge in the context of a holistic Christian worldview. The curriculum is structured to provide a mix of mathematics coursework, professional preparation, and extensive teaching experiences in local schools at each stage in the program.

Why Study Mathematics Education at Cedarville?

Mathematics Education Program Highlights

Community — You will be part of a close-knit community that studies together and encourages one another, and students and professors often spend time together during mathematics colloquia, math nights, conferences, and competitions.

Innovative — You will take part in innovative field experiences within local public schools and spend time in a classroom each of your four years.

Student teaching options — You can choose to complete your student teaching experience locally in Christian or public schools or in a foreign country approved by the School of Education.

Changing lives — We believe that a degree in education is the opportunity to change lives for the Kingdom of God and at Cedarville, you will find plenty of ways to pursue your passion and hone your teaching skills: tutoring local students, teaching in area ministries, and educating diverse communities.

Diverse — You will have field experiences or clinical practice for both conventional and distance learning programs that provide experiences with male and female grade 7–12 students from different socioeconomic groups and ethnic/racial groups. You will also work with English language learners and students with disabilities during some of your field experiences and/or clinical practice to develop and practice your knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions for working with all students.

What Can I Do With Mathematics Education?

  • Our teacher candidates are known for their quality of education, commitment to the field of education, and diversified experiences that prepare them for teaching in the classroom. Cedarville Education graduates are teaching all around the world in public, private, Christian, urban, international, and mission schools!
  • Testing Success! Every teacher candidate is required to complete licensure exams in order to be a licensed teacher in the state of Ohio. Teacher candidates at Cedarville University are well prepared for these exams, as evidenced by our 100% success pass rate on the licensure exams (data from the 2018-2019 Ohio Assessment for Educators Pass rate Test Summary ResultsAnalyzer). The average pass rate for teacher candidates in the state of Ohio is 91% success.
  • As a graduate of the Teacher Education Program at Cedarville University, you are eligible to receive two  teaching certifications. Our accreditation status enables you to receive a state of Ohio teaching license in your field of study that is transferable to any state in the U.S. You are also eligible to apply for an Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) certificate, which is nationally recognized among Christian schools and does not require state-to-state transfer.

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

You coursework will be complemented by the following opportunities as you complete your early childhood education degree.

Field experiences early and often! — The School of Education believes that our teacher candidates should have many hands-on experiences in schools. That is why you will engage in local school settings during your first year as a teacher candidate at Cedarville University and will continue to experience teaching within a school setting each year of your teacher training at Cedarville. By the time you graduate, you will have completed more than 600 hours in classroom experiences!

Student Education Association (SEA) — Cedarville's education student organization is a Christ-centered community built on equipping teachers to serve each other and those around them. Throughout the year, you will participate in professional growth events, ministry opportunities, and fun activities. You will also have ministry opportunities through the adopt-a-senior program, the birthday ministry, breakfast for teachers, and other ministries. Any education major is welcome!

Partnership Programs — These programs allow you to be part of field experience and classroom learning within one of the schools in nearby participating school districts. You will learn teaching strategies and practices from Cedarville University professors while engaging those practices and theories in real classrooms with real students and teachers.

Cross-cultural experiences/classes in Ireland — The School of Education routinely explores new cross-cultural experiences for teacher candidates to diversify their field experiences. Periodically, faculty lead a group of teacher candidates to Ireland to complete core teaching courses in another culture. As part of this three-week adventure, you will earn credit for your courses, observe classrooms and the education system in another country, and have one-on-one opportunities to minister to the people of Ireland.

Overseas student teaching program — You may choose to complete your student-teaching experience overseas. This experience occurs as the final semester of your study as a teacher candidate at Cedarville University. You will spend approximately 16 weeks overseas in an English-speaking school. The School of Education of Cedarville University works with CCTEC to coordinate an overseas experience for teacher candidates who wish to complete their student teaching internship abroad. You may choose to go to almost any country in the world and will receive specialized training for this experience.

Recent teacher candidates have completed their Overseas Student Teaching Program in the following locations:

  • Australia
  • China
  • Columbia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Kenya
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Niger
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • South Africa

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 100% of recent graduates from the School of Education were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville’s other placement rates.

View thumbnail for Science and Math Preview Day

Science and Math Preview Day

Experience the hands-on demonstrations and professor interactions that make Science and Math Preview Day at Cedarville informative and fun.

Abigail Blain working on her devotional

COVID-19 To-Do List: Write and Publish Your First Book

Junior Abigail Blain has published a devotional, available on Amazon.
Jeff Beste, director of strategic relationships

Cedarville Stories Podcast: "Beste" Friends

Jeff Beste, director of strategic relationships, has a knack for making meaningful connections.
campus shot in the fall

Adjusting to COVID-19, University Announces Revised Fall Schedule

Classes will begin August 17 and Christmas break will start November 25.
Heidi Bruder

Teacher Unleashes Creativity During COVID-19

2003 alumna Heidi Bruder has been "applying" new techniques to teach her students virtually.

Program Faculty

Photo of Sarah Gilchrist

Sarah Gilchrist, M.S. (ABD)

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

  • Location ENS 370
  • Phone 937-766-6138
  • Email Email
Photo of Dave Leitch

Dave Leitch, J.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Special Education

  • Location WI 115
  • Phone 937-766-6135
  • Email Email

Mathematics Education Program Curriculum

Building on your general education liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take education foundations and methods courses as well as core mathematics courses.
Sample courses:
  • Beautiful Math Structures and Thinking
  • Research Methods in Mathematics
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog