Mathematics for Certified Secondary Teachers M.S.

Program Rationale:

The Master of Science in Mathematics provides teachers of secondary mathematics with additional content and pedagogical knowledge that will make them more effective in their profession.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students in this program will be expected to:

  • deepen their comprehension of mathematics by studying advanced topics not covered in undergraduate curriculum and thus develop the dispositions of life-long learners of mathematics;
  • develop as reflective practitioners, striving for continual improvement in their teaching and student learning;
  • understand current research on teaching and learning mathematics, trends in mathematics curriculum, and the effective use of technology in the teaching of mathematics;
  • acquire skills necessary to conduct research in mathematics education; and
  • acquire skills necessary to make creative contributions to the field, such as writing, collecting data, and developing curriculum activities.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences may, at its discretion, admit an applicant with a GPA between 2.40 and 2.70 on an unconditional basis provided that the prospective student has both sufficient undergraduate course work and standardized test scores that meet any of the following standards:
• GRE (math subject area): 600 (45th percentile)
• GRE (general test quantitative reasoning): 720 (80th percentile)
• GMAT (quantitative): 50 (95th percentile)

The graduate application, application fee, and official transcripts are to be submitted to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office from each institution attended except Central Connecticut State University.

Contact: 860-832-0047

Course and Capstone Requirements:

(Plans A and C offered as options. No more than nine credits may be earned in 400-level courses.)

General Education Electives

As approved by faculty advisor

Total Credit Hours:3

Educational Foundations

Chosen from:

EPS 500Contemporary Educational Issues

3

EPS 516School and Society

3

EPS 524Foundations of Contemporary Theories of Curriculum

3

EPS 525History of American Education

3

EPS 538The Politics of Education

3

EPS 583Sociological Foundations of Education

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Secondary Mathematics Education

MATH 547Reflective Practice in Teaching Mathematics

3

plus 6 credits chosen from:

MATH 504Topics in Mathematics

1 TO 3

MATH 534Techniques in Diagnosis and Remediation for the Teaching of Mathematics - K-12

3

MATH 540Curriculum Problems in School Mathematics

3

MATH 543Secondary School Algebra with Technology from Advanced Viewpoint

3

MATH 544Secondary School Geometry with Technology from an Advanced Viewpoint

3

MATH 580Directed Study in Mathematics

1 TO 3

Mathematics and Statistics Content

Total Credit Hours:9

Courses

No more than six credits in courses with the STAT designation. One course must be STAT 453 unless this course was taken as an undergraduate.

Courses to be chosen from

MATH 421History of Mathematics

3

MATH 440Selected Topics in Mathematics

1 TO 3

MATH 468Symbolic Logic

3

MATH 469Number Theory

3

MATH 477Numerical Analysis

3

MATH 491Advanced Vector Calculus

3

MATH 515Abstract Algebra I

3

MATH 516Abstract Algebra II

3

MATH 519Principles of Real Analysis I

3

MATH 520Principles of Real Analysis II

3

MATH 523General Topology

3

MATH 525Higher Geometry

3

MATH 526Complex Variables

3

STAT 453Applied Statistical Inference

3

STAT 455Experimental Design

3

STAT 567Linear Models and Time Series

3

Total Credit Hours:12

Research in Mathematics Education

MATH 598Research in Mathematics Education

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Capstone:

Plan A:

33 credits consisting of 30 credits from the above plus MATH 599 (3 credit thesis)

Plan C:

33 credits consisting of 30 credits from the above plus MATH 590 (3 credit-Special Project)

Note: Once a graduate student has elected one of the two plans, A or C, any change to the other plan must be made prior to the completion of 21 graduate credits and requires the approval of the student's advisor and the dean, School of Graduate Studies.