Mathematics, M.S., Educator Preparation Program

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For further information: MathematicsGrad@southernct.edu

Application Deadline

Students seeking matriculation for the fall semester must submit a completed application by July 1 and for spring semester must complete the application by November 1.

Master of Science Degree in Mathematical Education with Certification

Applicants who are not certified teachers may simultaneously enroll in a planned master’s degree program leading to certification to teach mathematics, grades 7-12. Candidates in this program progress toward both certification and the M.S. degree concurrently, although certification is achieved first. 

 A personal interview with faculty from the Graduate Mathematics Program is required. In addition, students must submit two letters of recommendation and an application essay. 

Program Sequence - 58 Credit Minimum

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

Required Courses 
MAT 150 – Calculus I – 4 credits
MAT 151 – Calculus II – 4 credits
MAT 250 – Foundations of Mathematics: An Introduction – 3 credits
MAT 300 – History of Mathematics – 3 credits
MAT 360 – Foundations of Geometry – 3 credits
MAT 378 – Discrete Mathematics – 3 credits
MAT 405 – Elementary Mathematics from an Advanced Standpoint – 3 credits
MAT 408 – Technology for Teaching Secondary School Mathematics – 3 credits
MAT 508 – Technology Enriched Mathematics Instruction I – 3 credits
MAT 514 – Teaching Mathematics to Accelerated Students and Low Achievers – 3 credits
MAT 525 – Probability and Statistics – 4 credits
MAT 526 – Probability and Applied Statistics II – 3 credits
MAT 530 – Advanced Euclidean Geometry – 3 credits
MAT 541 –Topics in Real Analysis – 3 credits
MAT 573 – Algebraic Structures – 4 credits
MAT 574 – Algebraic Structures II – 3 credits
MAT 580 – Introduction to Research in Mathematics Education – 3 credits
MAT 595 – Seminar in Mathematics Education – 3 credits 

Candidates who have an undergraduate degree in mathematics must take at least two mathematics courses beyond calculus, selected in consultation with the Certification Coordinator. In addition, all candidates will need the following courses:

CSC 152 – Computer Programming I – 3 credits
EDU 316 – Child Development and Psychology – 3 credits
HIS 110 or HIS 112 – U.S. History – 3 credits
MAT 490 – Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School – 3 credits
MAT 494 – Secondary School Student Teaching – 9credits
MAT 496 – Service Learning for Mathematics Education – 3 credits
EDF 520 – EDF 526 – Educational Foundations Elective – 3 credits
SED 482 – Teaching Exceptional Students in the Secondary Education Classroom – 3 credits
SHE 203 – School Health – 3 credits
IDS 470 – Literacy in the Content Area – 1.5 credits
IDS 471 – English Language Learners in the Classroom – 1.5 credits

All certification candidates are required to pass the Praxis® II examination in mathematics before they can be allowed to student teach 

*Upon completing the 24 credit-hours of core requirements, students choose one of the following plans: 

Master’s Thesis
Thesis Seminar (MAT 590) and Thesis – 3 credits plus 6 credits of electives for a total of 33 credits. These courses can be in any graduate level course in any subject.

Comprehensive Examination
The student completes the 33 credit-hour degree program by electing 9 credits under advisement and must pass an examination which has a written and oral component. These courses can be any graduate level course in any subject.