I want to get my M.Ed. in Mathematics.  How do I apply?

Visit The Graduate School’s admission page for details about how to apply online.  As part of your application, you’ll need to upload an unofficial copy of your complete transcripts.

I want to earn 18 credits of graduate mathematics.  How do I apply?

Read the Non-Degree Seeking Students page from Professional & Continuing Education (PCE) to learn about the process of taking classes as a non-degree seeking student.  Next, you'll need to apply by clicking on the appropriate application link.  Once your paperwork in finalized, you’ll be able to enroll in specific mathematics courses.

What are the admission requirements?

All applicants need to have completed at least 15 credits of undergraduate mathematics, including a calculus sequence and linear algebra.  An undergraduate major in mathematics or additional mathematics courses beyond linear algebra will be helpful, but not necessary.

What is the cost?

For an in-state student, the current total cost of the M.Ed. is $11,322 ($333 per credit hour).  For an out-of-state student, the current total cost of the M.Ed. is $11,356 ($334 per credit hour).  These rates are subject to change from year to year.  Please see the Graduate Hours and Tuition Estimates page for up-to-date information.

What are the required courses?

A total of 34 credits are required for the M.Ed. in Mathematics; 21 credits of graduate-level mathematics that emphasize connections to secondary mathematics and 13 credits of education courses that emphasize pedagogy and practice.

Mathematics Courses

Math 510: Modern Analysis

A course to update and broaden secondary teachers’ capability and point-of-view with respect to topics in analysis.  Applications of concepts such as limits, continuity, differentiation, and integration.

Math 512: Discrete Mathematics

A course to update and broaden secondary teachers’ capability and point-of-view with respect to topics in discrete mathematics.

Math 514: Modern Algebra

From an advanced viewpoint, an investigation of topics in algebra from high school curriculum.  Theory of equations, polynomial rings, rational functions, and elementary number theory.

Math 520: Modern Geometry

Topics in geometry of concern to secondary teachers in their work and provision for background and enrichment.  Various approaches to geometry, including vector geometry, transformational geometry, and axiomatics.

Math 615: History of Mathematics

Topics in the history of mathematics of particular concern to secondary teaching in their work and provision for background and enrichment.  Selected topics spanning ancient times to the present.

Math 617: Probability and Statistics I

Advanced Placement probability and statistics topics sampling, experimentation, and anticipating patterns.  These include Bayes’s theorem; binomial, geometric, uniform, normal, t and Chi-squared random variables and the mean and variance of linear combinations of random variables.  Sampling distributions and central limit theorem, unbiased point estimates of population parameters and the variance of point estimates.  Types of generalizations and conclusions that can be drawn including cause and effect.

Math 618: Probability and Statistics II

Advanced Placement statistics topics exploring data and statistical interference.  Correlation and simple linear regression, interpretation of residual plots, influential points, and transformations.  Logic of significant texting including hypotheses, errors, p-values, and power.  Statistical inference methods (confidence intervals, significance tests, and the relationship between one- and two-sided tests and confidence intervals) for proportions and means, the slop of a regression line, and the Chi-Square tests.

Education Courses

EDUC 625: Evaluation in Education

This course is designed to help practicing educators improve their development and use of assessment tools and techniques.  Attention will also be given to analyzing and interpreting assessment results and investigating newer developments in the evaluation of learning and instructional programs.

EDUC 630: Inquiry in Education

The purpose of this course is to help the student develop skills, insights, and understandings that will enable her or him to become in intelligent and critical consumer of educational inquiry and a productive participant in the inquiry process.

EDUC 631: Seminar in Educational Inquiry

(one-credit capstone)

Studies of topics related to educational inquiry.  Emphasis on inquiry specific to students’ areas of inquiry interests.

EDUC 641: Learning Theories and Practice

This course focused on the theories and research that guide the understanding of diverse learners, processes of learning and developing, the role of the teacher, the design and delivery of instruction, the processes and strategies of teaching, and research-based decision-making.

EDUC 642: Curriculum Theory and Issues

Curriculum theory and issues focus on the historical, philosophical, sociological, and political perspectives involved with decisions about teaching and learning.  Reflection on purposes, content, design, and assessment of education programs form the core of curriculum studies.

How long will it take to complete my M.Ed. in Mathematics?

Typically, students can finish all 34 credits in 2 ½ - 3 years by taking 1-2 courses per semester.

What is the culminating project/experience?

During one of your final semesters in the program, you will complete EDUC 631.  For this one-credit capstone course you will be assigned an advisor who will guide you through a written and oral reflection of the entire program.

Who is this program for?

This program is designed to provide practicing secondary teachers of mathematics opportunities to deepen their understanding of mathematics.  Students in this program explore connections between advanced mathematics and the mathematics they teach and learn about educational theories and practices.  However, it is not required that students in this program be active secondary teachers of mathematics.  International students are welcome to apply.

What are the benefits of this program?

One very tangible benefit of this program is a higher salary; many school districts offer a higher salary for teachers who have earned a master’s degree.  Another tangible benefit is earning the graduate-level mathematics credits required to teacher advanced secondary mathematics courses, such as Advanced Placement or Dual Enrollment courses.  Please note: this program does NOT lead to initial licensure.

Is the program online?

The M.Ed. in Mathematics program is completely online.

Is the online work synchronous or asynchronous? 

The structure and design of each course is dependent on the course instructor.  Some instructors post all of the material for the whole course at the beginning of the semester and allow students to work through the content at their own pace.  Some instructors hold weekly virtual meetings at designated times.

Who should I contact with questions?

Please feel free to reach out to the Program Director, Dr. Alexis Stevens with any questions about the program!

 

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