## Admission Policy

For admission to a program leading to the Master of Science degree in Mathematics Education, Curriculum and Instruction for Secondary Mathematics Teachers emphasis, the applicant must have a Virginia teaching license in Secondary (6 –12) Mathematics or be eligible for one. For admission to a program leading to the Master of Science degree in Mathematics Education, Curriculum and Instruction for K–8 Mathematics Specialists emphasis, the applicant must have a Virginia teaching license in the elementary or middle grades in which the teaching of mathematics is a primary responsibility.

## Program Requirements

In order to qualify for a Master of Science Degree in Mathematics Education Curriculum and Instruction for Secondary Teachers Concentration:

- The candidate must successfully complete 12 semesters hours of core course works in
- MATH 510 Discrete Mathematics
- MATH 520 Algebra I
- MATH 530 Real Analysis I
- MATH 540 Numerical Analysis.

- The candidate must complete MAED 592: Research and Thesis, by writing a thesis on a research topic chosen by the candidate and approved by the candidate’s advisor
**Non-thesis option:**In addition to the four core courses, candidates in the non-thesis option track must successfully complete**six elective courses**(see list below) and pass a**comprehensive examination**. The comprehensive examination will be based on the material covered under the four core courses.**Thesis option:**In addition to the four core courses, candidates in the thesis option track must successfully complete**four elective courses**(see list below) and must complete two semesters of**MATH 599**– Research and Thesis course in accordance with the policy stated in the University’s graduate catalog by writing a master’s thesis on research topic chosen by the candidate and approved by the candidate’s advisor.

**In order to qualify for a Master of Science Degree in Mathematics Education Curriculum and Instruction for K-8 Mathematics Specialists Concentration:**

- The candidate must successfully complete at least 33 semester hours of course work.
- (3) Required core courses in Professional Education: EDUC 501: Foundations of Education, EDUC 513: Educational Research and STAT 520: Advanced Statistical Methods in Educational Research I.
- (1) Required courses in Mathematics education: MAED 562: Curriculum, Instruction & Research in Mathematics Education I.
- (6) Required cognate courses in Mathematics and Statistics: MATH 505: Number and Number Sense, MATH 506: Geometry & Measurement, MATH 507: Patterns, Functions and Algebraic Reasoning, MATH 508: Rational Numbers & Proportional Reasoning, MATH 579: History of Mathematics and STAT 504: Probability & Statistics.
- (1) Required course in Professionals Education: EDAS 591: Instructional Leadership.

- The candidate must complete MATH 591: Field Project/Internship by completing a project approved by mathematics education faculty prior to registration. Students are encouraged to obtain an internship with an education-based provider (school, district office, state office, etc.).

## Mathematics Education Graduate Faculty and their Research Interests

Cheryl AdeyemiAssociate Professor of Mathematics Education |
Semiotic chaining in Mathematics, Pre-service Teacher Beliefs, Anxieties, Self-Actualization. In-service Teachers Beliefs and TPACK. |

Sandra RichardsonAssociate Professor of Mathematics Education |
Application of diffusion theory in mathematics classrooms, mathematics teacher education, and developing PCK in pre-service teachers. |

Kenneth BernardProfessor of Mathematics Education |
Mathematics Education and improving the conveying mathematical content to students |