MA in Teaching School Mathematics

The Program

The Master of Arts in Teaching School Mathematics (MATSM) degree is focused on what teachers actually do. Courses weave together math content and practice-based strategies for math teaching to deepen your understanding of the content you teach, and strengthen your teaching practice. Courses are differentiated to accommodate teachers of all levels, K-12.

The program is designed to fit teachers’ schedules. All courses are fully online, and can be taken from anywhere. The bulk of the course work is completed during the summer. GREs are not required.

Students can begin the program in any summer. Students can complete the program in two calendar years by taking three courses each summer and two courses each academic year. During the 2nd year students will complete a classroom-based action research project during the school year, in consultation with their advisor and a faculty committee, then present their results in their final term.

MATSM Program Summary

The degree requirements include 30 credits of graduate coursework and a professional paper.

Core (24 credits)

Course Title Semester/format
M 500 (3 cr) Current Mathematical Curricula Odd year spring online
M 501 (3 cr) Technology in Mathematics for Teachers Even year summer 5 weeks online
M 570 (3 cr) Concepts of Calculus for Teachers Even year summer 5 weeks online
M 572 (3 cr) Algebra for Teachers Even year summer 5 weeks online
M 573 (3 cr) Geometry for Teachers Odd year summer 5 weeks online
M 574 (3 cr) Probability and Statistics for Teachers Odd year summer 5 weeks online
C&I 542 (3 cr) Supervision and Teaching of Mathematics Odd year summer 5 weeks online
C&I 588 (3 cr) Action Research in Classrooms Fall online

Electives (6 credits):

Course Title Semester/format
C&I 552 (3 cr) Models of PD in math and science Even year spring online
C&I 519 (3 cr) Authentic assessment Odd year spring online
M 510 (3 cr) Problem Solving for Teachers Odd year fall online
(3 cr) Cognate Field Course chosen with Advisor Fall or spring online


Professional Paper:

Students, under the direction of an advisor, complete a classroom-based action research project. Students to prepare a professional paper and give an oral presentation of the research project. This project will be planned and evaluated by a committee of at least three faculty members, including at least two from Mathematical Sciences and one from Curriculum and Instruction.

Standard Course Sequences

Standard Sequence Entering Even Summer:

Summer
(even year)
Fall
(even year)
Spring
(odd year)
Summer
(odd year)
Fall
(odd year)
Spring*
(even year)
M 570 C&I 588 M 500 M 573 Elective Elective
M 572 M 574 (suggested (suggested
M 501 C&I 542 M 510) C&I 552

* Professional paper presentation in last semester of coursework

Standard Sequence Entering Odd Summer:

Summer
(odd year)
Fall
(odd year)
Spring
(even year)
Summer
(even year)
Fall
(even year)
Spring*
(odd year)
M 573 Elective Elective M 570 C&I 588 M 500
M 574 (suggested (suggested M 572
C&I 542 M 510) C&I 552 M 501

* Professional paper presentation in last semester of coursework

Graduate School on-line application