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Master of Science in Mathematics Education

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:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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 Adeyemi
Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

Semiotic chaining in Mathematics, Pre-service Teacher Beliefs, Anxieties, Self-Actualization. In-service Teachers Beliefs and TPACK.

Sandra Richardson
Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

Application of diffusion theory in mathematics classrooms, mathematics teacher education, and developing PCK in pre-service teachers.

Kenneth Bernard
Professor of Mathematics Education

Mathematics Education and improving the conveying mathematical content to students

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