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Program Overview

Program Overview

The Graduate School offers two mathematics education programs: a master of science and a certificate.

Mission

The graduate mathematics education program’s mission is to create mathematics teachers who:

  • Have a deep understanding of the foundations of mathematics, including algebra, geometry, data analysis, and mathematical modeling and problem-solving.
  • Understand and appreciate mathematics at a level appropriate for their position.
  • Are aware of research and best practices in mathematics education, including the use of technology for understanding and exploration.
  • Are truly highly qualified to teach mathematics.

Master of Science in Mathematics Education

The M.S. program 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 and combines courses in mathematics and education to prepare teachers to excel in meeting future professional challenges.

The program has two tracks:

  • For teachers of middle school mathematics or those who may not hold an undergraduate degree in mathematics
  • For teachers of high school mathematics or those who have completed an undergraduate major in mathematics

The M.S. program is designed for currently certified teachers seeking to enhance their professional qualifications through graduate study. It does not confer initial teaching certification; rather it is designed as a professional development program for current teachers.

Middle school track program requirements  

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 program requirements

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

Certificate in Secondary Mathematics Education

The graduate-level 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.

Program requirements

The certificate 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

To apply for either program

    • A minimum of 2.75 GPA is required for admission to the Graduate School and to the Master of Science in Mathematics Education program.
    • Complete and submit the graduate school application found at www.hood.edu/gradapply.
    • Request one copy of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended be sent directly to the Graduate School.
    • Submit a one-page statement describing how the Master of Science in mathematics education relates to your previous academic and professional experiences and to your occupational or personal goals.