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Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Mathematics Education (MS)

Thesis Plan - 34 credits
Alternate Plan Paper - 34 credits

Teaching licensure is a prerequisite to pursuing this degree which is for teachers interested in a graduate program in teaching mathematics. This degree does not lead to initial teaching licensure. Students who desire initial licensure should consult the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program listed in this bulletin.

At least half of the credits applied to a program must be earned in 600-level courses excluding thesis or Alternate Plan Paper credits. After completing 16 credits the student must select a three-member examining committee and form a program of study. A student may choose to write an alternate plan paper or thesis. This program requires a comprehensive exam, and an oral defense of the alternate plan paper or thesis.

Program Requirements

Common Core

The topology of Euclidean spaces, norms, classical inequalities, local and global properties of continuous functions, preservation of compactness and connectedness, sequences in Euclidean space and sequences of functions.

Prerequisites: MATH 223 and MATH 290 with “C” (2.0) or better or consent

A rigorous excursion through some of the topics of abstract algebra which are essential components of the background of a masters level graduate student. Abstract topics include groups, rings, fields, and modules. Concrete applications include properties of the integers, polynomial rings, and the symmetric group.

Prerequisites: MATH 345 or consent

Heuristics in mathematical problem solving and mathematical modeling for teachers.

Prerequisites: none

Algebraic concepts and procedures interpreted and related from the perspectives of abstract algebra, cognitive research on the learning of algebra, and professional curriculum and instruction programs.

Prerequisites: MATH 345 or consent

The Van Hiele model of the development of geometric thought and recent developments of geometric theory and applications which are related to the school mathematics curriculum.

Prerequisites: MATH 332 or consent

Research/Methods Course(s)

Examination of cognitive theories guiding research in mathematics education; analysis and interpretation of research procedures applied in experimental, qualitative, program evaluation, survey, meta-analysis, theory-generating, and action research studies in mathematics education.

Prerequisites: (STAT 450 or STAT 550) or (STAT 451 or STAT 551) or consent

Restricted Electives

Professional Education - Choose 6 Credit(s). Any 500/600 level Professional Education courses that must be approved by the student's advisor.

Unrestricted Electives

Choose 7 - 9 Credit(s). Any 500/600 level courses must be approved by student's advisor in order to fulfill the total required hours

Capstone Course

Choose 1 - 3 Credit(s).

Research under the supervision of the student's advisor leading to an alternate plan paper.

Prerequisites: none

Research under the supervision of the student's advisor leading to a thesis.

Prerequisites: Consent