
20242025 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog
Mathematics for Educators, M.S.


Master of Science in Mathematics for Educators is designed for individuals seeking to deepen and broaden mathematical knowledge that supports work as a mathematics instructor at all levels. The mathematics content is complemented by coursework that explores mathematics education research and theory. The program includes a blend of courses from pure and applied mathematics, statistics, and mathematics education, and may also include coursework from the College of Education.

Prerequisites
 A bachelor’s degree in mathematics or mathematics education, or a bachelor’s degree with at least 24 upper division units in mathematics from an accredited college or university.
 The following coursework or equivalent, with grades of C or better:
Advancement to Candidacy
In addition to University requirements, the student must have completed all prerequisite courses listed above with no grade less than “C”. Students should file for Advancement upon completion of at least six units (and no more than nine units) on the Program of Study, with at least a 3.0 GPA. Program of study must be approved by the appropriate Graduate Advisor, and Director of Graduate Studies in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics or designee.
Requirements
Complete a minimum of 30 units of graduatelevel or approved upperdivision coursework which includes the following:
A minimum of 9 graduate or approved upperdivision units of mathematics:
This coursework must include at least one 500level mathematics course. If not previously taken, this coursework must include one of the following:
A minimum of 15 graduate units of mathematics education:
This coursework must include the following two courses:
This coursework must include at least 9 units from the following 6 courses:
A minimum of 6 units of approved upperdivision or graduate electives
This coursework should be chosen from mathematics, mathematics education, statistics, or approved College of Education courses, in consultation with the Mathematics Education Graduate Advisor.
Complete one of the following two culminating activity options:
Option A.
Pass two comprehensive written examinations in mathematics education
One exam will represent the following two courses:
One exam will represent one of the following courses (selected by the student):
Option B.
Subject to the approval of the Mathematics Education Committee of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, write a thesis in mathematics education and defend it orally. This option requires enrollment in at least 3 units and no more than 6 units of MTED 698.
Mathematics Education Thesis
Students choosing the thesis option must consult with the Mathematics Education Graduate Advisor to select a thesis advisor. A proposal is then written in consultation with the mathematics education faculty advisor who will guide the student in choosing the thesis topic and supervise the writing process. After a thesis topic is chosen, it must be approved by the Mathematics Education Committee. Committee membership should follow University policy for thesis committees.


