Admissions Standards for the Mathematics Program
Students must fulfill USCB admissions requirements to enroll in general education or program specific courses. Applicants who have earned a 2.0 cumulative GPA on the defined preparatory units and who score 800 on the SAT or 17 on the ACT may be admitted to USCB. Transfer students are required to have a 2.0 cumulative GPA in all previous college-level work. They must also be in good standing and eligible to return to the institution last attended.
Additionally, to be admitted to the initial educator preparation program (i.e., the Secondary Teacher Education track), students must demonstrate basic academic proficiencies by meeting the standards set by the State Board of Education on PraxisTM Core Academic Skills for Educators tests or on the SAT or ACT. See the department for more information. All students seeking to complete the Secondary Teacher Education track in the program must meet all admission requirements and be formally admitted before they are allowed to enroll in restricted professional courses (EDCI and EDRD courses numbered 400 or more as well as EDME courses in Section IV B below).
There are admission criteria specific to the Secondary Teacher Education track of the degree. Application for admission into the Secondary Teacher Education track must be submitted to the Mathematics Teacher Education Committee through the department. The applicant must have completed at least 45 hours of undergraduate credit together with the following conditions (as well as other USCB academic requirements):
- A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.75 in all undergraduate course work.
- Completion of all Pre-Professional courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a “C” or better in each course. Note: Courses numbered 300 and below comprised in Sections II and III below constitute the Pre-professional courses for students in the Secondary Teacher Education track.
- Grade of “C” or better in a performance-based speech course- SPCH 140: Public Communication or SPCH 230: Business and Professional Speaking.
- Passing scores on all PraxisTM exams required by the South Carolina Department of Education for licensure in Secondary Education Mathematics. Official scores must be submitted to and received by the Department of Mathematics and Computational Science.
- Attendance at the Secondary Teacher Education orientation session scheduled by the department.
- Criminal Background Check and Full Disclosure Statement from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).
- Successful completion of the Professional Program Interview and the Disposition Statement.
- Approval by the Mathematics Teacher Education Committee Curricula designated as professional education courses are limited to students who have been formally accepted into USCB’s Bachelor of Science in Mathematics: Secondary Teacher Education track.