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Mathematics Education, M.S.

Program Director: Betty Mayfield, Ph.D. mayfield@hood.edu;  (301) 696-3736 

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. 

Each student in the program must create and submit an electronic exit portfolio of artifacts -- work completed in designated courses in the program. Students are responsible for collecting, refining, and saving artifacts as they proceed through the program; during the semester in which a student submits the portfolio, he or she must purchase and use the Chalk and Wire electronic portfolio software. The portfolio will be evaluated by a committee including the program director and other program faculty. Successful completion of the portfolio is a requirement for completion of the degree. 

The portfolio must be submitted by October 1 for January graduates, February 1 for May graduates, and June 1 for September graduates.  Students may submit the portfolio at any time after completing 21 credits in the program including a minimum of 9 credits of Education courses from among EDUC 551, EDUC 552, EDUC 595, and EDUC 596. 

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, or those who have completed an undergraduate major in mathematics.

This program does not lead to initial teaching certification.

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)
  • EDUC 546 The Teaching of Numbers, Operations and Algebraic Thinking in Elementary and Middle School (3 credits)
  • EDUC 547 The Teaching of Geometry and Measurement in Elementary and Middle School (3 credits)
  • EDMA 579 Capstone Project (3 credits)
  • EDUC 597 Action Research Project (3 credits)
  • IT 512 Elements of Computer Programming (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 579 Capstone Project (3 credits)
  • EDUC 597 Action Research Project (3 credits)