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  • MASTER OF ARTS IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION
    The Master of Arts in mathematics education is designed to increase the effectiveness of teachers of mathematics at all levels of the K-12 educational program by deepening their knowledge of mathematics and some mathematics related fields while providing opportunities for obtaining information about the latest developments and programs in the field. This program also provides strong preparation in pure mathematics and computer related topics. The use of technology, computers and calculators, is stressed when appropriate.

    Prerequisites Of Admission
    In addition to fulfilling the general graduate studies requirements for admission, the applicant must submit evidence of an undergraduate specialization in mathematics, consisting of at least a year of Calculus, or the equivalent in previous graduate study.

    Applicants without that background may be conditionally admitted to take the sequence of courses Math 510, Math 514, Math 614, and Math 615, provided they have completed an undergraduate course in pre-calculus with a grade of “B” or better. This admittance requires the approval of the mathematics department graduate coordinator; and the coordinator will determine the starting course in the sequence for each such applicant. Conditionally admitted students must achieve a grade of at least B in each course and will not be matriculated or admitted to degree status until the sequence is successfully completed.

    Applicants admitted in non-degree, courses only, status must achieve at least a B in each course taken. Approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies is required to register for additional courses beyond 12 credits. If such permission is granted the student must complete or have completed Math 510 and Math 514, or the equivalent, as determined by the mathematics department graduate coordinator, before taking additional courses beyond 18 credits. Should such a student later seek matriculation into the degree program, the student must have completed the entire sequence through Math 615 and no more than 12 credits may be counted towards the degree program.

    Completing the Program
    To complete the M.A. in mathematics education a student must perform a culminating activity. There are two options. The first is to complete 32 credits, including a thesis (3 of the 32 credits); the second, to complete 35 credits of course work and achieve a passing grade on a comprehensive exam (see Culminating Activity for details of each option). Each option requires that the student receive approval by a mathematics graduate advisor for the sequence of courses to be taken.

    Culminating Activity
    Thesis Option: The student selecting this option selects a topic of research and applies acquired research skills in completing a creditable thesis, research report or project. Each student works with a faculty advisor and must register for Math 661 during the semester(s) that the thesis, research report, or project is being completed. Math 660 must have been successfully completed previously. Exceptions can only be approved by the department chairperson. Students who do not complete the thesis in Math 661 may register one time for Math 665 with permission of the department chairperson in order to finish. This option requires 32 credits in a sequence approved by a mathematics graduate advisor.

    Program Requirements

    Code Course Title Credits
    MATH 660 Research Seminar in Mathematics 2
    MATH XXX Any graduate level mathematics courses 21
    MATH 661 Research Credit in Mathematics 3
    Restricted elective (select either pair of courses)
    MATH 620 Selected Topics in Advanced Calculus I 3
    AND
    MATH 621 Selected Topics in Advanced Calculus II 3
    OR
    MATH 622 Selected Topics in Abstract Algebra 3
    AND
    MATH 623 Selected Topics in Linear Alebra 3
      Total Degree Credits 32

    Non-Thesis Option: The student electing this option is required to pass a comprehensive examination of topics and skills. A choice of questions is allowed in recognition of the fact that not all students take the same courses. Registration for this exam occurs early in the spring semester and, if needed, the exam is administered in early April of each academic year. This option requires 35 credits in a sequence approved by a graduate mathematics advisor.

    Program Requirements

    Code Course Title Credits
    MATH 660 Research Seminar in Mathematics 2
    MATH XXX Any graduate level mathematics courses 27
    Restricted elective (select either pair of courses)
    MATH 620 Selected Topics in Advanced Calculus I 3
    AND
    MATH 621 Selected Topics in Advanced Calculus II 3
    OR
    MATH 622 Selected Topics in Abstract Algebra 3
    AND
    MATH 623 Selected Topics in Linear Alebra 3
      Total Degree Credits 35