Curriculum and Instruction

M.S.Ed. in Secondary Education-Mathematics Education Track

The M.S. degree in secondary education with an emphasis in mathematics is designed for teachers at the middle and high school levels. If you are an experienced teacher, this degree will improve your skills while preparing you to become a supervising teacher or department chair. If you are new to teaching, this degree can include teacher certification as part of your degree requirements.

There is no official mathematics track for the elementary education master’s degree, but you can work with a faculty advisor in our department if you wish to make elementary-level mathematics your area of concentration.

Students planning to earn teacher certification may choose to participate in the Community of Teachers program.

The 36-credit hour programs focus on innovative educational practices and can include coursework in graduate-level mathematics if desired. A thesis or practicum option is available for students who plan to eventually pursue a doctoral degree.

Degree Requirements

Major (18 cr.)

  • J500 Instruction in the Context of Curriculum (3 cr.)
  • N517 Advanced Methods in the Teaching of Middle/Junior High School Mathematics (3 cr.) or N518 Advanced Methods in the Teaching of Middle/Junior High School Mathematics (3 cr.)
  • Six (6) credit hours of mathematics courses at the 400 level or above, selected under the direction of your academic advisor.
  • Six (6) additional credit hours selected under the direction of your academic advisor.

Foundations (3 cr.)
Choose one of the following courses

  • H504 History of American Education (3 cr.)
  • H510 Foundations of Educational Inquiry (3 cr.)
  • H520 Education and Social Issues (3 cr.)
  • H525 Anthropology of Education (3 cr.)
  • H530 Philosophy of Education (3 cr.)
  • H538 Critical Thinking and Education (3 cr.)
  • H540 Sociology of Education (3 cr.)
  • P501 Statistical methods Applied to Education (3 cr.)
  • P507 Testing in the Classroom (3 cr.)
  • P510 Psychology in Teaching (2-3 cr.)
  • P516 Adolescent Development (3 cr.)
  • P525 Psychological Issues in Education (3 cr.)
  • P540 Learning and Cognition in Education (3 cr.)
  • P544 Applied Cognition and Learning Strategies (3 cr.)

Electives (9 cr.)
These courses must have a unified focus in mathematics education and must be approved by your academic advisor. With the advisor’s consent, candidates are encouraged to enroll in N590 Independent Research in Mathematics Education (1-3 cr.)

Thesis, Practicum, or Other (6 cr.)

  • X599 Master’s Thesis in Education (1-6 cr.)
  • J538 M.S. Practicum/Internship (1-6 cr.)
  • Other courses selected with the approval of your faculty advisor

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