Mathematics M.A. — Teaching Emphasis

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Degree Requirements — 30 Credits

See “Mathematics M.A.”.

Students must submit an essay of approximately 500 words addressing their interest in the Master of Arts in Mathematics degree program and their educational goals.

Degree Requirements

Required Emphasis Credits — 9 hours

MATH 534Continuous Mathematics

3

MATH 543Modern Geometry

3

MED 600Introduction to Research in Mathematics Education

3

NOTE: MED 600 satisfies the Graduate School requirements for Introduction to Graduate Studies

Elective Credits — 21 hours

At least twelve semester hours must be selected from group A and at least six semester hours must be selected from group B.

Group A (12 hours)

MATH 520Functions and Equations

3

MATH 528Discrete Mathematics

3

MATH 529Mathematical Problem Solving

3

MATH 537Mathematical Modeling

3

MATH 550Applied Probability and Statistics

3

MATH 591Abstract Algebra and Number Theory

3

MATH 599Mathematics Action Research Project Seminar

3

Group B (6 hours)

MED 528Teaching of Discrete Mathematics

2

MED 534Teaching Algebra and Trigonometry

2

MED 543Teaching Geometry

2

MED 550Teaching Applied Probability and Statistics

2

MED 555Teaching Secondary Math for Understanding

3

MED 560Culture in the Math Classroom

3

MED 565Quantitative Reasoning in Secondary Mathematics

3

MED 595Teaching Advanced Topics in Secondary School Mathematics

2

MED 599Action Research Project Seminar

1-3

MED 673Teaching and Learning Mathematics on the Elementary Level

3

MED 674Teaching and Learning Mathematics on the Secondary Level

3

MED 599 and MATH 599: Only one of these may be counted in the program, and only 3 total credits of either can be counted in the program.

Additional electives may be chosen from courses offered by the school or other schools with the approval of the student's advisor.

Comprehensive Examinations

A student may select either one of the following options to satisfy the comprehensive examination requirement. Normally, at least three faculty members will be involved in judging whether or not the selected option has been completed satisfactorily.

  • Option 1. A written examination over the three required courses and over one other course from Group B above (student’s choice). Up to two hours of oral examination will be given upon successful completion of the written examination.
  • Option 2. Completion of the Action Research Project involving the selection of a problem, review of relevant literature, plan, data analysis and discussion. A copy of this project must be filed with the School; in addition, the student must make a two hour presentation of the project. Students who choose this option are encouraged to take MED 599 or MATH 599 to support their work on the project.