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Mathematics M.S.T.

The Master of Science in Teaching degree in Mathematics is designed for individuals who are interested in teaching secondary mathematics; it is pursued as well by individuals who desire to teach college general-studies mathematics. Students strengthen their mathematics knowledge and understanding while they also explore teaching and learning approaches. Admission is open to licensed teachers as well as those seeking initial licensure. Those candidates seeking initial licensure must meet the mathematics major requirements, satisfy a professional education component, and meet discipline-related requirements. Master’s candidates may choose from two concentrations: teaching mathematics in either middle grades or secondary education. All students complete 36 hours, consisting of nine hours of required core courses, 15 hours of concentration, and 12 hours of cognate from the College of Education. Candidates must also successfully complete comprehensive examinations.

Computer analyst makes transition to math educator

Computer analyst makes transition to math educator

Amy Millen-Davies (M.S.T., Mathematics, 2014) switched careers after volunteering as a math tutor in Williamson County’s Adult Education program and then joining Columbia State Community College as a tutor/adjunct instructor. “I found my first year of teaching to be quite challenging, but I had also discovered great satisfaction in helping students remediate their math skills,” she says. She found that MTSU’s M.S.T. program balanced pure mathematics coursework with education courses she lacked in undergraduate studies. “I truly credit my M.S.T. courses with making me a better problem-solver,” she says. Millen-Davies had received her B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in mathematics from Eastern Michigan, then worked in the information technology field for eight years. She worked as a consultant for the Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research Division, 3M Healthcare, and General Motors before relocating to Nashville to join Telco Research as an application support analyst.  Millen-Davies now works at Columbia State’s Franklin campus as an adjunct instructor for Learning Support Mathematics.

M.S.T. grad uses new approach in statistics classes

M.S.T. grad uses new approach in statistics classes

Riverdale High School 11th-year teacher Brandon Hanson earned his M.S.T. in Mathematics in 2011 and is working on his dissertation for MTSU’s Ph.D. in Mathematics and Science Education. Hanson primarily teaches statistics. “In one of the three levels of the course, I am implementing a new approach to teaching that is backed by some of the big-hitters in the statistics education,” he says. The M.S.T. program drastically altered his philosophy as a teacher. “I learned to better connect the decisions I made in the classroom to the research in the field,” Hanson says. “I devised new ways to integrate various technologies into my programs. ... Instead of being an information-deliverer and secret-keeper, I am now an opportunity-maker and facilitator.”  He also developed a taste for research and is making presentations at conferences and wrapping up publications. He chose the M.S.T. program at MTSU because it was close, affordable, and has a reputable mathematics education program.

A number of schools report facing a shortage of teachers in certain subject areas including mathematics, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. A Master of Science in Teaching degree can help those with a strong mathematics background change careers into teaching mathematics at schools or even community colleges. Classroom educators also study valuable instructional approaches to help advance their careers and increase student success. Tutoring, textbook/testing resources, and state educational curriculum positions are other occupational options with this degree.

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Bedford County Schools
  • Bradley County Schools
  • Coffee County Schools
  • Columbia State Community College
  • Cumberland University, Gallatin
  • Hardin County Schools
  • Maury County Schools
  • McGraw-Hill Education
  • Metro-Nashville Schools
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Rose of Lima School
  • The Webb School
  • Williamson County Schools
  • Wilson County Schools

Doctoral programs accepting students include

  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • University of South Florida

Graduate

Two concentrations are offered under the Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) in Mathematics: Middle Grade Mathematics and Secondary Mathematics.

Applicants for unconditional admission must have

  • an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college
  • an acceptable grade point average for all college work
  • completion of the GRE or MAT with acceptable scores (MAT score generally expected to meet or exceed 402).
  • a valid elementary teaching certificate (for the Middle Grade Mathematics concentration)
  • a valid secondary teaching certificate or completion of 9 hours of mathematics past the calculus sequence (I, II, III) or be seeking initial licensure to teach secondary mathematics (for the Secondary Mathematics concentration)

Candidates not meeting these requirements may petition to the Mathematics Education Graduate Admissions Committee.

Those seeking initial licensure for Middle Grade Mathematics must meet the major requirements, satisfy a professional education component, and meet discipline-related requirements. The candidate should contact the chair of the Womack Educational Leadership Department for the professional education component and the chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences for the discipline-related requirements.

Candidates seeking initial licensure for Secondary Mathematics may be required to complete additional hours in mathematics and/or professional education. An advisor should be consulted.

A Master of Science (M.S.) in Mathematics is also available, with concentrations in General Mathematics, Industrial Mathematics, and Research Preparation. The department offers a minor in Mathematics at the graduate level for non-majors.

The department also teaches courses in the Master of Science in Professional Science degree program, which includes concentrations in Actuarial Science and Biostatistics.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate students interested in mathematical modeling and problem solving can pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Mathematics, choosing one of three concentrations: Actuarial Science, Mathematics Education, or Professional Mathematics.

Undergraduate minors are available in three areas: Mathematics; Statistics; and Mathematics for Managerial, Social, and Life Sciences.

Middle Grade Mathematics Secondary Mathematics


Mathematics, Middle Grade Mathematics Concentration, M.S.T.

Michaele Chappell, M.S.T. Program Director
(615) 898-2393
Michaele.Chappell@mtsu.edu

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers the Master of Science with a major in Mathematics, the Master of Science in Teaching with a major in Mathematics, and a minor in Mathematics at the graduate level.

Three concentrations are offered under the Master of Science: General Mathematics, Industrial Mathematics, and Research Preparation. For those interested in teaching, two concentrations are offered under the Master of Science in Teaching: Middle Grade Mathematics and Secondary Mathematics.

The department also offers courses in the Master of Science in Professional Science degree. Students interested in a concentration in Biostatistics or in Actuarial Sciences should refer to the Master's of Science in Professional Science program.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Teaching with a concentration in Middle Grade Mathematics program requires

  1. an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college;
  2. an acceptable grade point average for all college work taken;
  3. a valid elementary teaching certificate;
  4. completion of the GRE or MAT with acceptable scores (MAT score generally expected to meet or exceed 402).

NOTE: Any candidate not meeting these requirements may petition to the Mathematics Education Graduate Admissions Committee.

NOTE: Candidates seeking initial licensure must meet the major requirements, satisfy a professional education component, and meet discipline-related requirements. The candidate should contact the chair of the Womack Educational Leadership Department for the professional education component and the chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences for the discipline-related requirements.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official scores on the GRE or MAT;
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  4. submit two letters of recommendation.

Degree Requirements

Candidate must

  1. complete 36 hours of graduate courses (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
  2. successfully complete a comprehensive examination (may be taken no more than twice).

Curriculum: Mathematics, Middle Grade Mathematics

Candidate must complete 36 hours in the following course of study:

Required Core Courses (9 hours)

 

  • MATH 6320 - Mathematical Problem Solving

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. A basis for reflection on teaching and learning mathematics. Problem-solving strategies and heuristics. Focuses on all branches of mathematics, providing an opportunity to synthesize mathematical knowledge.

  • MATH 6380 - Current Trends in Mathematics Education

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Innovative topics or critical issues related to the teaching and learning of mathematics. Includes history of mathematics education, pedagogical content knowledge, assessment and evaluation, and technologies.

  • MATH 6900 - Research in Mathematics Education

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Examines factors influencing research and critical analyses of selected research in mathematics education. Studies representing different methodologies critiqued.

Concentration (15 hours)

 Selected from:

  • MATH 5620 - History and Philosophy of Mathematics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Background in geometry, number theory, and/or symbolic logic helpful. The character of mathematical thought by way of mathematical problems which have occupied successively the outstanding mathematicians of Babylon, Egypt, Greece, China, the Renaissance, and modern times paralleled with a study of three schools of mathematical philosophy: intuitionism, logicism, and formalism. Open only to senior and graduate mathematics majors.

  • MATH 6100 - Mathematics for Teachers

    3 credit hours

    Mathematics as problem solving, communication, and reasoning. Connecting different fields of mathematics. Topics include number and number relationships, number systems and number theory, computation and estimation, patterns and functions, statistics and probability, algebra, geometry, measurement.

  • MATH 6330 - Algebra for Teachers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Review and extension of algebraic skills and concepts as they relate to the teaching and learning of algebra. Focus on algebraic thinking and problem solving, algebraic systems, functions, graphing, and linear algebra.

  • MATH 6340 - Geometry for Teachers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Investigations into the foundations of plane, solid, and coordinate geometry, motion geometry, similarities and congruencies, measurement and the application of geometry. Instruction will model the suggested pedagogy appropriate for school mathematics.

  • MATH 6350 - Probability and Statistics for Teachers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Relation to school mathematics. Development of central tendency and variation, concepts of chance including sample space, randomness, conditional probability, and independence.

  • other courses in the department selected in consultation with advisor.

Cognate (12 hours)

Twelve (12) hours in the College of Education (determined by the departments of Mathematical Sciences, Educational Leadership, and Elementary and Special Education).

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.


Mathematics, Secondary Mathematics Concentration, M.S.T.

Michaele Chappell, M.S.T. Program Director
(615) 898-2393
Michaele.Chappell@mtsu.edu

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers the Master of Science with a major in Mathematics, the Master of Science in Teaching with a major in Mathematics, and a minor in Mathematics at the graduate level.

Three concentrations are offered under the Master of Science: General Mathematics, Industrial Mathematics, and Research Preparation. For those interested in teaching, two concentrations are offered under the Master of Science in Teaching: Middle Grade Mathematics and Secondary Mathematics.

The department also offers courses in the Master of Science in Professional Science degree. Students interested in a concentration in Biostatistics or in Actuarial Sciences should refer to the Master's of Science in Professional Science program.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Teaching in Mathematics with a concentration in Secondary Mathematics program requires

  1. an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college;
  2. an acceptable grade point average for all college work taken;
  3. a valid secondary teaching certificate or completion of 9 hours of mathematics past the calculus sequence (I, II, III) or be seeking initial licensure to teach secondary mathematics*;
  4. completion of the GRE or MAT with acceptable scores (MAT score generally expected to meet or exceed 402).

NOTE: Any candidate not meeting these requirements may petition to the Mathematics Education Graduate Admissions Committee.

NOTE: Candidates seeking initial licensure to teach secondary mathematics may be required to complete additional hours in mathematics and/or professional education. An advisor should be consulted.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official scores on the GRE or MAT;
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  4. submit two letters of recommendation.

Degree Requirements

Candidate must

  1. complete 36 hours of graduate courses (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
  2. successfully complete a comprehensive examination (may be taken no more than twice).

Curriculum: Mathematics, Secondary Mathematic

Candidate must complete 36 hours in the following course of study:

Required Core Courses (9 hours)

 

  • MATH 6320 - Mathematical Problem Solving

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. A basis for reflection on teaching and learning mathematics. Problem-solving strategies and heuristics. Focuses on all branches of mathematics, providing an opportunity to synthesize mathematical knowledge.

  • MATH 6380 - Current Trends in Mathematics Education

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Innovative topics or critical issues related to the teaching and learning of mathematics. Includes history of mathematics education, pedagogical content knowledge, assessment and evaluation, and technologies.

  • MATH 6900 - Research in Mathematics Education

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Examines factors influencing research and critical analyses of selected research in mathematics education. Studies representing different methodologies critiqued.

Concentration Courses (15 hours)

 

  • MATH 6170 - Sets and Logic  3 credit hours  

    MATH 6170 - Sets and Logic

    3 credit hours

    Includes topics in three categories: 1) Propositions, predicates, quantifiers, truth tables, tautologies, and methods of mathematical proof including mathematical induction. 2) Sets, relations, functions, graphs, cardinality, and the Axiom of Choice. 3) Applications of these foundations to selected results in algebra and analysis as time permits. It is recommended that this course be taken early in the graduate program.

  • Three additional courses from the department to be selected in consultation with the advisor.

 

plus one course from:

  • STAT 6020 - Introduction to Biostatistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Introductory probability/statistics course or permission of instructor. Contemporary and medical research methodology for biostatistics. Descriptive and inferential statistics including parametric and nonparametric hypothesis testing methods, sample size, statistical significance and power, survival curve analysis, relative risk, odds ratios, chi square modeling, and analysis of variance. Data will be analyzed using statistical software.

  • STAT 6602 - Problems in Statistics-Regression Analysis

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Mathematical maturity, preparation in the area and (normally) nine semester hours of graduate study. Problems course dealing with theory, methods, and applications.

  • STAT 6603 - Problems in Statistics-Nonparametric Statistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Mathematical maturity, preparation in the area and (normally) nine semester hours of graduate study. Problems course dealing with theory, methods, and applications.

  • STAT 6604 - Problems in Statistics-Experimental Design

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Mathematical maturity, preparation in the area and (normally) nine semester hours of graduate study. Problems course dealing with theory, methods, and applications.

Cognate (12 hours)

Twelve (12) hours in the College of Education (determined jointly by the departments of Mathematical Sciences and Educational Leadership).

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.

Contact and Student Information

Michaele Chappell
michaele.chappell@mtsu.edu
615-898-2393

Michaele Chappell
michaele.chappell@mtsu.edu
615-898-2393

Department of Mathematical Sciences
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 34
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132


College of Graduate Studies
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MTSU Box 42
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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