Mathematics Education (MS)
The Master of Science degree in Mathematics Education program aims to fill the need to provide advanced preparation for certified mathematics teachers. Changes in societal demands brought about by advances in mathematics and technology, as well as sociocultural changes in the high school clientele make the continual re-tooling of mathematics teachers an absolute necessity. Through a curriculum which combines rigorous mathematics content knowledge with advanced research-based pedagogy, the program seeks to produce a highly competent cadre of mathematics teachers who have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to foster a high level of achievement in mathematics in high school students. This program will produce teachers who have a sound knowledge of the discipline, are skilled in facilitating learning, and have the competence to assess students' needs in mathematics and to modify their own instructional practices to meet those needs.
Upon completion of these programs certified teachers will have acquired the competence and attitudes to:
• Draw on insights from cognitive psychology, the nature and philosophy of mathematics, and a sound level of subject matter knowledge in order to design learning experiences that result in the meaningful acquisition of mathematics concepts by high school students
• Use technology to enhance student learning in mathematics
• Create classroom learning environments that are stimulating and intellectually and emotionally safe for diverse student populations of both genders
• Model an enthusiastic engagement with mathematics and motivate students to excellence in these subjects
• Reflect on their own practices and seek to be responsive to changing student needs in a demanding society.
Special Admission Criteria
To be eligible for admission to the program, applicants must have completed a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics. Applicants must also be certified in the teaching of mathematics at the middle or high school level.
General Degree Requirements
To be eligible for the award of the Master of Science in Mathematics Education, a student must have completed 36 credit hours within one of two options.
Option A includes 30 hours of course work, a school-based Practicum, and a Master's Degree Project.
Option B includes 30 hours of coursework and a Master's thesis.
A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained throughout the program.
Students holding part-time registration will be allowed to take a maximum of 9 credit hours of course work per semester.
The Masters Degree Project must be completed under the guidance of the student's academic supervisor. The student must then pass an oral defense of the project.
Students who select Option B will be assigned a thesis supervisor and a committee who will supervise the research and preparation of the thesis.
Program of Study
Foundations of Education (3 credit hours are required in this component).
EDUC 519 The Socio-cultural Context of Schooling (3 credits) OR
Other approved departmental course in the Foundations area.
EDSR 604 Introduction to Educational research (3 credits).
EDSR 517 Action Research in the Classroom (3 credits).
EDMA 530 Teaching for Conceptual Development in Mathematics (3 credits)
EDSM 530 Assessment of Learning in Science and Mathematics (3 credits).
EDSM 631 Issues and Applications of Technology in Science and Mathematics
Education (3 credits)
EDMA 553 Mathematics in the High School Curriculum 1 (3 credits).
EDMA 554 Mathematics in the High School Curriculum 11 (3 credits)
Two Mathematics Courses 500 level or above. (6 credits).
Practicum (3 credits)
EDSM 540 Practice of Mathematics and Science in Urban Classrooms
Masters Project (3 credits)
EDSM 500 Project in the Teaching of Mathematics or Science
EDSM 799 Thesis Seminar
EDSM 797 Thesis Guidance
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