Mathematics Education Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


INTERESTED IN mathematics education?

Teaching math is an exciting and rewarding field with many job opportunities. This transfer track prepares you for a career in teaching secondary school mathematics. The four-year degree leads to Florida teacher certification.

Mathematics Education is a limited-access program at most Florida universities. For example, Florida State University's College of Education requires a 2.5 GPA in the A.A. degree and a score of 960 on the SAT or a 20 on the ACT. In addition, the following criteria must also be met:

  •  Complete Calculus II with a "C" or better
  • Approval by the department

Students may have additional requirements for admission to a teacher-preparatory program. Please contact a GCSC advisor or the transfer institution for further guidance. The state of Florida teacher certification requires a thorough background check by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for all education majors. The College requires that you submit  written verification of approved and completed background checks before you may complete on-site course requirements. Students performing observations in school systems must go to the district in which they will do their observations and comply with the requirements of that system. Please note that you will be required to pay for the background check.

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Program Roadmap

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Leo Lusk
Associate Professor of Mathematics
850-769-1551, extension 2854

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 Mathematics Education


 Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.
–  Albert Einstein


WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE Mathematics Education Option, Liberal Arts A.A. PROGRAM?

  • If you are a high school graduate, you are a candidate for Gulf Coast’s Mathematics Education Option, Liberal Arts A.A. program.
  • If you have earned credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may have a head start at Gulf Coast State College.  


  • Our students pay one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • Small Classes! 1:19 Professor/Student Ratio.
  • 3.11 Average GPA. Our students  are performing well in the state universities of Florida.

2022-2023 Catalog Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
+*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area
•+* MAC2311,  Calculus I 4
+*MAC2312, Calculus II 4
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science See General Education Requirement 3
Biological Science See General Education Requirement 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences See General Education Requirement 3
History See General Education Requirement 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Additional Common Prerequisites
EDF1005, Introduction to the Teaching Profession 3
+MAC2313, Calculus III 4
+MAP2302, Differential Equations 3
+COP2224, Introduction to C++ Programming or +COP2250, Introduction to Java Programming 3
Electives 9



Recommended electives:

SPC1608, Introduction to Public Speaking, 3 crs.

MAC1105, College Algebra, 3 crs.

MAC1140, Pre-Calculus Algebra, 3 crs.

MAC1114, Trigonometry, 3 crs.

Physical Science and Lab, 3 crs./1 cr.

All students should consult with their academic advisor to adjust the above degree plan, if needed, to match the requirements of the school to which they plan to transfer.

• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required. See course descriptions.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

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HOW DO I APPLY TO Mathematics Education Option, Liberal Arts A.A. PROGRAM?

To apply to the Mathematics Education Option, Liberal Arts A.A. Program, you’ll need to complete the Apply now  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Visit the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.


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Department Chair

Angelia Reynolds
Chair, Mathematics
850-769-1551 extension 3852