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M.A. in Secondary Mathematics (SMTH)
The M.A. major in Secondary Mathematics is offered through the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
M.A. in Secondary Mathematics
Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree with a Major in Secondary Mathematics: This program is designed for secondary school teachers of mathematics. It requires 30 semester hours of graduate work.
Prospective candidates for the Master of Arts degree in secondary mathematics are expected to have earned a baccalaureate degree or equivalent with a major in a mathematical science (mathematics, statistics, operations research, or computer science), engineering, or a physical science, and credit in courses equivalent to MATH 2564, MATH 3083, MATH 3113, and MATH 3773.
The program has four components in which to earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit:
- Graduate course work in mathematics content and content-based pedagogy. At least 12 hours of credit in graduate course work specifically designed for preparation for teaching secondary mathematics. The content will include probability, statistics, algebra, geometry, applied mathematics and advanced calculus with connections to secondary school mathematics. At least one of the courses must be in probability and statistics; one in algebra; and one in advanced calculus. Candidates will sit for examinations in three of the following areas: probability and statistics; algebra; geometry; advanced calculus; and mathematics education. Candidates will also present a portfolio describing the body of work with samples of student work and explanations of connections to secondary school mathematics. These courses are to be selected from:
MATH 4153 Mathematical Modeling 3 STAT 4003 Statistical Methods (with corequisite STAT 4001L) 3 STAT 5103 Introduction to Probability Theory 3 MATH 5001 Connections to School Mathematics 1 MATH 5013 Abstract Algebra with Connections to School Mathematics 3 MATH 5033 Advanced Calculus with Connections to School Mathematics Teaching 3 MATH 5153 Advanced Linear Algebra (Formerly MATH 4103) 3 MATH 5393 Numerical Linear Algebra (formerly MATH 4353) 3 Other graduate mathematics or statistics courses may be used in place of these courses with the approval of the student’s committee.
- Independent study and research in mathematics or mathematics education. From three to six hours of credit is available in independent study and research under the direction of mathematical sciences faculty. The results will be evidenced by a report roughly equivalent to a master’s thesis.
- Advanced work in professional teacher preparation. Up to six hours of credit in MATH 507V is available for advanced work in preparation for teaching AP calculus, AP statistics, International Baccalaureate (IB) mathematics, or for achieving National Board Certification in (Adolescence and Young Adulthood) Mathematics. Other professional development activities with quality control features similar to those of the AP, IB, and National Board programs may be presented for consideration for credit. All such work must be sanctioned by the sponsoring organizations.
- Graduate courses in education. Up to six hours of credit is available in graduate courses in education. The student’s committee must approve the courses. Recommended courses include:
CIED 5483 Teaching Mathematics 3 CIED 6013 Curriculum Theory, Development, and Evaluation 3 CIED 6023 Instructional Theory 3 CIED 6033 Content Specific Pedagogy 3 CIED 6043 Analysis of Teacher Education 3 CIED 6053 Curriculum and Instruction: Learner Assessment and Program Evaluation 3 Other graduate courses in education may be used in place of these courses with the approval of the student’s advisory committee.
If allowed by Graduate School rules, credit previously earned may be applied to the requirements for this degree with the approval of the student’s advisory committee.
Each person receiving the Master of Arts degree in secondary mathematics must pass a written examination in three of the following areas: probability and statistics; algebra; geometry; advanced calculus; and mathematics education. No student will be allowed to take the examination more than three times. Candidates will also present a portfolio describing the body of work with samples of their work as students and explanations of connections to secondary school mathematics.
Students should also be aware of Graduate School requirements with regard to master's degrees.