Mathematics Education

 

Curriculum for Mathematics Education (M.S.)

 
ADMISSIONS PROCESS
Students applying for admission must provide the following documents: college Transcripts, GRE scores, application to the graduate program, and professional resume/vita. Upon receipt of these materials, the Department of Mathematical Sciences Committee will evaluate the candidate and decide if he/she is to be admitted into the program. If the student is accepted, he/she will immediately be assigned an advisor. The advisor and candidate will collaborate to determine a schedule and plan of study. This plan will then be submitted to the Graduate Committee for approval. Once approved, the student will be allowed to begin his/her coursework.
 
A student may opt to begin the program provisionally, prior to applying to enter the program. In which case, the student could take no more than six graduate credits prior to being fully accepted into the program. Taking graduate courses provisionally does not guarantee future admission into the graduate program.
 
 
CURRICULUM
The masters programs in mathematical sciences are flexible enough to accommodate students with diversified background training. In consultation with the Graduate
Committee, each student develops a course of study in mathematics areas most relevant to his or her professional and career objectives. Each student must take 36 credit hours
of coursework as depicted below.
 
Required Mathematics Education Courses – 9 credits – All of these courses:

 

MTSC-503
Mathematics Teaching Methods I
3 Hours
MTSC-603
Mathematics Teaching Methods II
3 Hours
MTSC-691
History & Philosophy of Math/Math Educ.
3 Hours

 

 
Required Mathematics Content Courses – 12 Credits
   These three courses:

 

MTSC-500
Foundations of Mathematics
3 Hours
MTSC-504
Modern Geometry
3 Hours
MTSC-511
Introduction to Abstract Algebra  
3 Hours

 

   And one of these two courses:

 

MTSC-513
Discrete Mathematics
3 Hours
MTSC-531
Number Theory
3 Hours

 

  
Required Computers and Technology Courses – 3 Credits

 

MTSC-507
Computers and Technology in Mathematics
3 Hours

 

  
Required Education Courses – 6 Credits

 

EDUC-604
Theories and Methods of Instruction
3 Hours
EDUC-XXX
One course from the following:
3 Hours
 
EDUC-605
Curriculum Organization and Design
 
 
EDUC-610
Development of Instructional Materials
 
 
EDUC-614
Human Growth and Development
 
 
EDUC-607/633
Theories and Practices of Classroom Management
 

 

 
RESEARCH – 6 credits – Students must complete one of the following options
 
Option I – Take the following two courses:

 

MTSC-697
Research Methods in Mathematics Education
3 Hours
MTSC-699
Thesis or Directed Project
3 Hours

 

 
Option II -  Take two additional graduate courses:
 
MTSC-5XX/6XX – one of the following:

 

MTSC-521
General Topology
3 Hours
MTSC-525
Logic
3 Hours
MTSC-531
Number Theory
3 Hours
MTSC-541
Advanced Probability Theory
3 Hours
MTSC-551
Ordinary Differential Equations
3 Hours
MTSC-561
Real Analysis I
3 Hours
MTSC-562
Real Analysis II
3 Hours
MTSC-571
Complex Analysis
3 Hours
MTSC-581
Operations Research
3 Hours
MTSC-611
Topics in Pure Mathematics
3 Hours
MTSC-621
Introduction to Functional Analysis
3 Hours
MTSC-641
Combinatorics
3 Hours
MTSC-643
Statistics
3 Hours
MTSC-651
Partial Differential Equations
3 Hours
MTSC-661
Numerical Analysis
3 Hours 
MTSC-663
Topics in Applied Mathematics
3 Hours

 

           
MTSC-5XX/6XX – A graduate education course as agreed upon by student, advisor,
                                      and graduate committee.
 
Option III – For students considering the future pursuits in a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education– 9 credits

 

MTSC-697
Research Methods in Mathematics Education
3 Hours
MTSC-699
Thesis or Directed Project
6 Hours

 

If this option is selected, the student will be required to take only 3 credits, rather than 6 credits, from the Education courses listed above.