College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2017-2018
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics Education, Master of Science
The Master of Science in Mathematics Education plan is specifically designed for continuing teachers and emphasizes the connections between secondary mathematics content, effective pedagogy, and reflective practice. Completion of this plan will not result in teacher certification. All courses in the program are offered online (though one course has a collaborative component). While certain aspects of this program would be beneficial to those interested in community college teaching, the program itself is not specifically designed to prepare one for a community college career. This program is available only as an extended course work plan.
This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
What Can I Do with a Master of Science in Mathematics Education?
Do you find beauty in mathematics, love the challenge of finding new ways to solve a problem, and enjoy the satisfaction of helping others learn mathematics? The Master of Science in Mathematics Education degree emphasizes connections between secondary and post-secondary mathematics content and effective teaching practices. Participants of this program deepen their understanding of key concepts in middle school, high school, and college level mathematics while learning how to use research in mathematics education to guide their professional development as teachers. They also learn how to use a variety of tools to create exciting, interactive learning environments designed to engage all learners. This program will help you gain the skills to encourage all students to excel in mathematics.
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Community college instructor
- Middle school educator
- High school educator
- District level Mathematics specialist
To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
- All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
|Minimum Units for Completion||37|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.|
|Comprehensive Exam||Comprehensive Exam is required.
|Some online/blended coursework||Required|
|Progression Plan Link||View Program of Study|
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
- For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
- International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy
Individual program admission requirements include:
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Personal statement or essay
- Prerequisites (completed prior to enrolling in the program)
- Must have at least 2 years of mathematics teaching experience or have successfully completed 6 credit hours of undergraduate mathematics teaching methods coursework (such as MAT 401, MAT 402).
- Must have completed at least 23 hours of undergraduate mathematics and statistics coursework at the level of calculus and above with a grade of C or better, and have at least a 3.0 grade point average in these courses.
- These 23 credit hours cannot include the teaching methods courses and must include:
- Calculus II
- Applied Statistics
- Foundations of Mathematics
- at least 9 hours of upper division proof-based coursework (including Foundations of Mathematics)
- It is highly recommended that the 23 credit hours include Modern Geometry, Abstract Algebra and Introduction to Analysis, since these topics will be expanded upon in MAT 505, MAT 504, and MAT 506, respectively.
- Although the majority of courses in this program are delivered online, there are essential face-to-face components embedded in the curriculum. Since certain courses in the program require candidates to implement and reflect on standards-based instructional practices, applicants to the program must be teaching mathematics in the classroom at the time they take these courses.
- List of courses taken in the field with titles/authors of textbooks used
Take the following 37 units:
Five mathematics content courses:
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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