Close
Please Wait. Loading Menu...

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Mathematics Education provides professional development for teachers of mathematics, creating and supporting highly qualified teachers.This program, the only one of its kind in Western Maryland, integrates content and pedagogy, substance and process, liberal arts education and professional training. It incorporates the use of technology as a teaching and learning tool. Combining courses in mathematics and education, the master of science in mathematics education enables teachers to excel in meeting the personal and professional challenges of the future.

There are two tracks in the program:

  • A track for teachers of middle school mathematics, or those who may not hold an undergraduate degree in mathematics;
  • A track for teachers of high school mathematics, or those who have completed an undergraduate major in mathematics.
Those who do not want or need a full master’s degree may choose to complete a more compact 15-credit certificate in secondary mathematics education.


The master of science in mathematics education is designed for currently certified teachers seeking to enhance their professional qualifications through graduate study. Note: This program does not confer initial teaching certification. It is designed as a professional development program for current teachers.

Application 
Complete and submit the graduate school application at www.hood.edu/graduate The $35 application fee will be waived for online applications.

Transcipts 
Request one copy of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended. Transcripts should be sent directly to the graduate school.

Grade Point Average 
A minimum of 2.75 GPA is required for admission to the graduate school and to the Master of Science in Mathematics Education program.

Interest Statement 
Applicants to the program must submit a one-page statement describing how the master of science in mathematics education relates to their previous academic and professional experience and to their occupational or personal goals.

Program Requirements


Middle School Track 
(Especially for students without an undergraduate degree in mathematics) Students will complete ten 3-credit courses

  • Four courses in mathematics: Discrete Mathematics, Explorations in Algebra, Explorations in Geometry, Statistics
  • Four courses in education: The Teaching of Geometry, The Teaching of Algebra, The Teaching of Statistics and Probability, The Teaching of Mathematical Modeling
  • Two electives, chosen from a list of approved courses in mathematics, education and computer science

High School Track 
(For students with a mathematics degree) Students will complete ten 3-credit courses

  • Four courses in mathematics: Discrete Mathematics, Statistics, Elementary Number Theory, Introduction to Graph Theory
  • Four courses in education: The Teaching of Geometry, The Teaching of Algebra, The Teaching of Statistics and Probability, The Teaching of Mathematical Modeling
  • A capstone independent research project: EDMA 579 Capstone Project or EDUC 597 Action Research Project
  • One elective, chosen from a list of approved courses in mathematics, education and computer science

Secondary Mathematics Education Certificate A graduate certificate program consists of a set of related courses that give the student professional training in a particular discipline. Students who earn this certificate may later choose to complete the entire master’s degree; all five courses will transfer into the Master of Science in Mathematics Education program. This program does not confer initial teacher certification. The program consists of five 3-credit courses: • Discrete Mathematics • Two of the following two-course sequences: Explorations in Geometry and The Teaching of Geometry, Explorations in Algebra and The Teaching of Algebra, Statistics and The Teaching of Statistics and Probability

Faculty

Our faculty have experience in mathematics and education:

M. Elizabeth Mayfield, Ph.D., professor of mathematics and director of the graduate mathematics education program, is chair of the department of mathematics at Hood. Her undergraduate training was in secondary mathematics education, and she taught high school mathematics in North Carolina before entering graduate school. She has served on the Board of the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics as a higher education representative and has published in its journal, The Banneker Banner.
Email: mayfield@hood.edu
Phone: 301-696-3736 

Christy Danko Graybeal, Ph.D., assistant professor of education, teaches courses in mathematics education. Her bachelor’s degree is in elementary education and mathematics, her master’s degree is in mathematics and her doctorate is in curriculum and instruction. She is a former middle school mathematics teacher for Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools and is president of the Association of Maryland Mathematics Teacher Educators. She is especially interested in issues related to middle school mathematics teaching. 

Martha Meadows, Ph.D., senior lecturer in mathematics, has taught graduate courses in the departments of education and mathematics at Hood. She is a former high school mathematics teacher, assistant principal and secondary mathematics curriculum specialist for Frederick County (Md.) Public Schools. She also teaches geometry in the Maryland State Department of Education’s Governor’s Academy each summer. 

Other faculty in the program include: 

Francine Winston Johnson, Ed.D., assistant professor of education, is an expert on mathematics and science education at the elementary and secondary levels, focusing on the professional development of teachers in STEM, especially those in challenging situations. She has served as a mathematics reviewer for the NCATE accreditation council and the Educational Testing Service. 

James Parson, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics, wrote his dissertation in number theory. 

Jill Dunham, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics, wrote her dissertation in graph theory. 

James Devilbiss, M.Ed., has taught for Frederick County (Md.) Public Schools and has experience in industry. 

Tricia K. Strickland, Ph.D., assistant professor of education, earned a doctorate in special education with a concentration in mathematics education. Her research focuses on teaching strategies in mathematics for students with learning or other disabilities.

View the brochure