The Associate in Arts in Teaching - Secondary Mathematics is intended for students interested in becoming high school mathematics teachers. Completion of this degree should enable students to transfer as a junior into an upper division teacher preparation program at an Illinois public university. A Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics with Secondary Teaching Certification is required to teach high school mathematics in Illinois.
Students wishing to pursue this degree may do so prior to being formally admitted to the program. However, all students must fulfill the admissions requirements, noted under the Admissions Information section of the catalog, prior to graduation.
Students have six years to complete the requirements outlined in this catalog. If the requirements are not completed within six years, students will be required to meet the requirements in effect at that time. However, students who have not enrolled for three consecutive semesters must meet the catalog requirements in effect upon re-entry.
A minimum of 64 semester credits is required for this degree.
Fifteen (15) of the last 24 hours or an accumulation of 36 hours must be completed at Southwestern Illinois College. Active duty U.S. Armed Forces and Reserve service members must earn only 15 hours at Southwestern.
A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required for a degree.
Correspondence and Telecourse Limit
A student may not apply more than 16 hours of correspondence work or telecourses toward degree requirements. In addition, at least one non-telecourse must be completed in each general education area.
Courses must be selected from two subject areas in Social Science and Humanities.
English 101 Requirement
All students pursuing transfer degrees (AA, AS, AFA, AAT, AES) are required to enroll in English 101 or (if applicable) an English 101 prerequisite within their first 24-30 semester credit hours of enrollment.
Students must pass the Illinois Basic Skills Test for pre-service teachers prior to graduation. Contact the Program Coordinator for
One of the following courses must be completed. The course that is selected may also be applied toward the Humanities or Social Science General Education requirement as applicable. For reference, these courses are listed in white print in the general education areas.
____ Humanities: ART 110, LIT 117, LIT 215
____ Social Science: ECON 115, ECON 201, HIST 180, HIST
181, POLS 150, PSYC 295, SOC 153, SOC 203, SOC 230,
One of the following courses must be completed. The course that is selected may also be applied toward the Humanities or Social Science General Education requirement as applicable. For reference, these courses are highlighted in the general education areas.
____ Humanities: ART 103, HIST 286, LIT 205, MUS 110,
____ Social Science: ANTH 150, GEOG 152, GEOG 202, HIST
114, HIST 115, HIST 117, HIST 118, POLS 270
Beginning degree-seeking students are required to participate in Mission Success. For more information see Mission Success listed in the Table of Contents.
College Success Strategies
Beginning students are encouraged to enroll in ED 101, College Success Strategies, and ED 110, Personal/Career Development. For information regarding these courses, see the Course Description Guide at the back of the catalog.
For Checklist, refer to the SWIC Catalog (Programs that Lead to a Bachelor Degree)