Academic Programs Catalog

College of Natural Science

Graduate Study

Mathematics Education - Master of Science

The Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Mathematics Education are administered jointly by the College of Natural Science and the College of Education. The College of Natural Science is the primary administrative unit.

The Master of Science Degree in Mathematics Education is designed for persons who show promise of becoming researchers and leaders in state, national, and international mathematics education communities. The program prepares researchers and leaders to address critical questions about mathematics education. Students will have opportunities to develop analytical perspectives on current issues in mathematics education.

Students who may be interested in this program include the following: (1) graduates of undergraduate mathematics or mathematics education programs who are interested in research-based academic careers; (2) K-12 teachers who intend to return to the classroom with strong, research-oriented knowledge and experience in mathematics education; (3) graduates of undergraduate mathematics or mathematics education programs who are interested in the application of knowledge to curriculum or policy development, curriculum development, policy, assessment, etc., not necessarily with a focus on research; and (4) graduates of master’s or doctoral programs in mathematics who wish to become mathematics education faculty in a college or university mathematics or education department.
Students will have opportunities to acquire an understanding and experience in various aspects of the mathematics education field including investigation of mathematical learning and teaching, the development of instructional materials, participation in policy formation and analysis, development and use of assessment, and integration of technology into mathematics learning and teaching.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

The program admits students with a variety of backgrounds. Some students will have equally strong backgrounds in education and mathematics. Others may have more extensive prior preparation in one of these two disciplines. Candidates should have the equivalent of an undergraduate major in mathematics or satisfactory completion of course work in mathematics appropriate to the applicant’s program of study and approved by an Admissions Committee of the Mathematics Education Faculty Group, with the expectation of completing additional mathematics study if necessary. In such cases, the guidance committee will help the candidate design a program that includes appropriate course work in mathematics. Applicants with deficiencies in academic preparation may be admitted provisionally. These collateral courses will not count toward the degree. In addition, K-12 teaching experience is strongly encouraged, but not required. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is required of all applicants.

Students will be admitted to the program by an Admissions Committee composed of members of the Mathematics Education Faculty Group. All admitted students will be assigned an academic advisor.

Candidates will apply directly to the Mathematics Education Graduate Program, and must have three letters of recommendation sent to the Director of the Mathematics Education Graduate Program.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Mathematics Education

The student must complete a minimum of 31 credits for the degree under Plan A (with thesis). The student’s program of study must be approved by the student’s academic advisor and must include:

               
1. Both of the following courses (6 credits):  
  MTHE 926 Proseminar in Mathematics Education I 3
  MTHE 927 Proseminar in Mathematics Education II 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  CEP 913 Psychology and Pedagogy of Mathematics 3
  MTHE 997 Special Topics in Mathematics Education 3
  TE 950 Mathematical Ways of Knowing 3
3. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  MTHE 840 Critical Content of School Mathematics: Numbers and Operations 3
  MTHE 841 Critical Content of School Mathematics: Algebra  3
  MTHE 842 Critical Content of School Mathematics: Geometry  3
4. The following course (3 credits):  
  MTHE 954 Design and Methods in Mathematics Education Research 3
5. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  CEP 931 Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Educational Research  3
  CEP  932 Quantitative Methods in Educational Research I  3
  CEP  933 Quantitative Methods in Educational Research II  3
  CEP 934 Multivariate Data Analysis I 4
  CEP 935 Advanced Topics in Multivariate Data Analysis II 4
  STT 430 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3
  STT 441 Probability and Statistics I: Probability 3
  STT 442 Probability and Statistics II: Statistics 3
  STT  801 Design of Experiments  3
  STT  825 Sample Surveys  3
  STT  843 Multivariate Analysis  3
  STT 861 Theory of Probability and Statistics I 3
  STT 862 Theory of Probability and Statistics II 3
6. One 3-credit course in general education foundations, policy, or learning and development, selected from a list of approved courses available from the student’s academic advisor .  
7. Six credits in the Department of Mathematics at a level appropriate to the student’s program of study and career goals at the 400-level or above, excluding Mathematics 443.  
8. At least 4 credits of MTHE 899 Master's Thesis Research and completion of a research thesis.
 
9. Successfully pass an oral defense of the research thesis.