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M.S. in Mathematics Education

The Master of Science in Mathematics Education is a 30-credit degree program consisting of 10 required and elective courses in mathematics, computer science and education. It is designed for current mathematics teachers seeking to enhance their professional qualifications through graduate study. Individuals who graduate from the program will acquire knowledge and skill in both mathematics and its teaching. Courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening, and in the summer, to accommodate working teachers.

For admission information, see Graduate Admission and Program Specific Application Requirements. 

There are two tracks in the program: 

  • A track for teachers of middle school mathematics, especially those who may not hold an undergraduate degree in mathematics;
  • A track for teachers of high school mathematics who have completed an undergraduate major in mathematics.

Program requirements: 

Middle School Track 

(For students without an undergraduate degree in mathematics)

Four courses in mathematics: 

  • MATH 500 Statistics (3 credits)
  • MATH 501 Explorations in Geometry (3 credits)
  • MATH 502 Explorations in Algebra (3 credits)
  • MATH 505 Discrete Mathematics (3 credits)

Four courses in education: 

  • EDUC 551 The Teaching of Geometry (3 credits)
  • EDUC 552 The Teaching of Algebra (3 credits)
  • EDUC 595 The Teaching of Statistics and Probability (3 credits)
  • EDUC 596 The Teaching of Mathematical Modeling (3 credits)

Two electives: 

  • CS 503 Algorithms and Programming I (3 credits)
  • EDMA 575 Independent Study: Research on an approved topic (3 credits)
  • EDUC 597 Action Research Project (3 credits)
  • IT 512 Elements of Computer Programming (3 credits)
  • MATH 507 Introduction to Graph Theory (3 credits)
  • MATH 509 Elementary Number Theory (3 credits)
  • MATH 546 Operations Research (3 credits)
  • MATH 599 Topics in Mathematics (rotating topics, offered in the summer) (3 credits)

High School Track 

(For students with a mathematics degree)

Four courses in mathematics: 

  • MATH 500 Statistics (3 credits)
  • MATH 505 Discrete Mathematics (3 credits)
  • MATH 507 Intro to Graph Theory (3 credits)
  • MATH 509 Elementary Number Theory (3 credits)

Four courses in education: 

  • EDUC 551 The Teaching of Geometry (3 credits)
  • EDUC 552 The Teaching of Algebra (3 credits)
  • EDUC 595 The Teaching of Statistics and Probability (3 credits)
  • EDUC 596 The Teaching of Mathematical Modeling (3 credits)

One elective: 

  • CS 503 Algorithms & Programming I (3 credits)
  • IT 512 Elements of Computer Programming (3 credits)
  • MATH 546 Operations Research (3 credits)
  • MATH 599 Topics in Mathematics (rotating topics, offered in the summer) (3 credits)

A capstone independent research project: 

  • EDMA 575 Independent Study (3 credits)
  • EDUC 597 Action Research Project (3 credits)