Welcome to the Grace College Mathematics Program. We are dedicated to developing concepts and applications as well as sharpening skills in mathematics. Math is the language of creation, and we welcome you to join us in its exploration.
This major prepares students for careers in teaching high school mathematics. The program begins with three sessions of calculus, after which students take mathematics electives depending on their interests.
Course Requirements for B.A. or B.S. in Mathematics Secondary Education
Examples of courses in this major:
ISM 1100 Introduction to Technology
During this course, students will be exposed to a wide range of IT topics and terminology. Coverage will be divided between personal computer hardware components and troubleshooting and introductory programming concepts.
MAT 3130 Linear Algebra
This class is an introductory course in matrices and vector spaces. We will study the arithmetic of matrices and how to utilize matrices to solve systems of linear equations. Our study of matrices will give us a natural entry point into the theory of vector spaces. We will study the vector space axioms and their consequences and finish the class by investigating the major theorems involving linear transformations and bases of vector spaces.
MAT 3200 Probability and Statistics
This is an introductory course in probability and statistics. Topics covered include probability theorems and models, statistical techniques, and practices for applying statistical techniques in the world around us.
SED 1000 Teaching School in America
An introduction to the profession of teaching. Learning experiences are structured both in and out of the classroom with the purpose of assisting the college student in making career decisions relative to this profession such as to teach or not, at which level, and in which subject area. Students observe in local schools.
SED 4650 Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics
This course is designed to help prepare the future high school teacher for his or her career in the classroom. We investigate the standard high school math curriculum and study methods of teaching mathematical concepts to students at various levels within the curriculum.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
Kristin Farwell, B.A., M.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Mathematics; Mathematics Program Director
B.A. in Mathematics, Houghton College; M.S. in Mathematics, South Dakota State University; Ph.D. in Mathematics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Kristin Farwell joined the Grace College family in 2011. His passion is working with undergraduates on research topics and getting them prepared to give presentations at conferences. He has worked with many students on independent studies. Kris and his wife, Megan, have one daughter, Eden, and attend Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church.
Laurinda A. Owen, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Dean, School of Education, Professor of Education
B.S. in Elementary Education, Eastern Illinois University; M.A. in Education, Ball State University; Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education, Walden University
Laurinda Owen joined the Grace faculty in 2001 after 17 years of teaching elementary education in the public school system. In 2010, she was appointed dean of the School of Education, but continues to teach all levels of Education students. She was recognized for her hands-on, practical, applied and innovative teaching with Grace College's Alva J. McClain Excellence in Teaching award in 2004. Owen is actively involved in local scholarship committees. Her family attends Warsaw Community Church, where she is a storyteller for the 4-year old room, serves on the Thread Team, and volunteers as a barista in the coffee shop. Laurinda lives in Winona Lake with her husband, Randy. They have four children—two of whom have already graduated from Grace.
Ryan Johnson, B.A., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
B.A. in Mathematics, Hope College; Ph.D. in Mathematics, Iowa State University
Ryan Johnson joined the Grace College family in 2014 as assistant professor of mathematics. He teaches a variety of courses including probability and statistics, abstract algebra, discrete math and calculus. In his spare time, he enjoys a variety of sports, especially running, volleyball and basketball. Ryan and his wife, Heidi, recently had a baby boy named Gideon. They attend Christ Covenant Church in Winona Lake.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
Secondary Mathematics Teacher
Secondary school teachers instruct students in junior and senior high schools. They conduct classes in academic subjects. They start with the basics and add complexity to spur students' imaginations and intellects and to prepare them for advanced education and jobs as adults. Candidates who have completed the mathematics education program, were approved by the Teacher Education Committee, and have met all state regulations are eligible to receive the standard instructional license from the state of Indiana.
A college professor is a teacher at a four year college or university. A mathematics professor helps students increase their understanding of mathematics. In addition to teaching, professors typically have research requirements. These requirements vary depending on the academic institution.
What others are saying:
I love the Christian community I have found at Grace. I'm so blessed by the many great friends I've made who I can share life with and who challenge me to grow spiritually. I've also found community in the classroom—my professors care not only about providing me with an excellent education, but also seeing me mature in my walk with Christ.
- Elizabeth Heuss, B.A., Math Education and Spanish Education (double major), 2012