Mathematics, Master of Arts

Students in the Master of Arts Program in Mathematics for High School Teachers must complete ten courses, including at least six courses numbered MT 500-519. These 500-level courses are specially designed to utilize the background and meet the needs of high school teachers. Other courses must be at least 400-level and have departmental approval. Courses are offered in a three-year summer cycle, and also occasionally in evenings during the fall and spring semesters. A student may complete the required courses by taking courses during two consecutive summers and the intervening school year, or in three consecutive summers.

Requirements for the Degree

  1. Ten courses (30 semester hours) in mathematics, including at least six courses numbered 500-519.
  2. An expository essay.
  3. A comprehensive examination.

Program Learning Goals

Students will:

  1. Develop an in-depth integrated knowledge of topics related to the high school mathematics curriculum.
  2. Gain advanced competence in communicating mathematical ideas and presenting mathematical arguments both in writing and orally, using proper mathematical notation and terminology.
  3. Master mathematical concepts that they will be able to use to enrich their high school curriculum.
  4. Be able to distinguish coherent mathematical arguments from fallacious ones and to construct precise arguments of previously seen or related results with the goal of teaching their students the importance of giving complete explanations of mathematical ideas.
  5. Be able to synthesize material from multiple perspectives and make connections with other areas of mathematics.
  6. Be able to use mathematics teaching technology appropriate to each mathematical topic.

Content Area Program

Students in the Content Area Program in Mathematics are permitted to take six of these mathematics courses:

MT 501MATHEMATICAL STRUCTURES

3

MT 503MODERN GEOMETRY

3

MT 504CURVES, SURFACES & SPACE

3

MT 505TOPICS IN CALCULUS

3

MT 506DATA SCIENCE

3

MT 507STATISTICAL LITERACY

3

MT 508LINEAR ALGEBRA & APPLICATIONS

3

MT 509GREAT MOMENTS IN MATHEMATICS

3

MT 510MATHEMATICAL POTPOURRI

3

MT 511

MT 516COMBINATORICS AND PROBABILITY

3

MT 517MT MODELING IN HIGHSCHL CLSSRM

3

MT 519SPECIAL TOPICS IN MATHEMATICS

1 to 6

MT 580SPECIAL TOPICS

1 to 6

Courses are offered in a three-year summer cycle. The Content Area Program does not lead to a degree or certificate, although students may apply credits earned through the Content Area Program towards the M.A. in Mathematics for High School Teachers.

Program Learning Goals:

Students will:

  1. Develop an in-depth integrated knowledge of mathematical topics related to the introductory level college mathematics curriculum.
  2. Gain advanced competence in communicating mathematical ideas and presenting both written and oral mathematical arguments, using proper use of mathematical notation and terminology.
  3. Be able to distinguish coherent mathematical arguments from fallacious ones and to construct precise arguments of previously seen or related results with the goal of teaching their students the importance of giving complete explanations of mathematical ideas.
  4. Be able to synthesize material from multiple perspectives and make connections with other areas of mathematics.