2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Teaching: Mathematics M.S.Ed.

CIP: 131311

In cooperation with the School of Education, an area of concentration in mathematics is provided for teachers to teach mathematics at the high school level. The purpose of the program is to help mathematics teachers:

  1. Acquire increased competency in a broad spectrum of the mathematical sciences.
  2. Develop additional skills and understanding in the art of good mathematics teaching, including teaching special students.
  3. Study current trends and issues in education, and, in particular, mathematics education.


Core Requirements (6)

EDUC 61695Philosophy of Education



EDUC 61649Issues in Education



EDUC 61682Improvement of Instruction through Action Research


EDUC 61683Action Research Paper


Subject Field Requirements (21)

Education Requirements (6)

EDUC 61650Improvement of Teaching


EDUC 61651Seminar and Practicum in Teaching


Mathematics Requirements (selected from the following courses) (15)

MATH 17511Applied Linear Algebra


MATH 17518Number Theory


MATH 17520Applied Analysis


MATH 17521Complex Analysis


MATH 17535Probability Theory


MATH 17536Statistical Inference


MATH 17555Non-Euclidean Geometry


MATH 17556Introduction to Point Set Topology


MATH 17561Applied Mathematics


MATH 17565Numerical Analysis


MATH 17635Computer Methods in Statistics I


Unspecified Electives (5)

Total Credit Hours: 32

Program Admission Requirements

Students with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 and composite score of 280 or higher on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE General Test will be accepted. The official score must be filed with the Graduate Office prior to admission but not later than the end of the first trimester of enrollment. If the score is not submitted by the end of the first academic trimester, the student cannot re-enroll until the score is submitted. Students who do not meet the cutoff score of 280 may be accepted on the condition that they maintain a grade point average of at least 3.00 for the first nine graduate hours in mathematics.

Writing Sample

Students must complete a writing assessment administered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics no later than the end of the first week of the first trimester of enrollment. Any student who fails the writing assessment must repeat the assessment within two weeks. Any student who fails the second writing assessment will meet with the chairperson of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to establish a program of remediation and qualification.


A member of the graduate education faculty will serve as the major advisor. A graduate faculty member from the mathematics area will serve as area advisor, and both signatures will be required on the Degree Audit Form. Any change in a Degree Audit Form must be initiated by the student and be submitted to the Graduate Office accompanied by written approval from both advisors.

Comprehensive Examination

The content of the comprehensive examination will be equally divided between those courses required in education and the mathematics area. The School of Education and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics are responsible for the scheduling, construction, and evaluation of their respective portions of the comprehensive examination. The degree candidate must pass both portions of the examination.