Graduate Advisor: Dr. Mira Pak
Math Education Advisor: Dr. Julie Gainsburg
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The CSUN Subject Specialist–Mathematics Master’s Degree program is designed especially for secondary mathematics teachers. During this two-year cohorted program, you will:
- experience and implement innovative mathematics-teaching practices, especially drawing on reform methodology and curricula
- acquire greater fluency with educational technologies, including internet resources, website development, and graphing technologies
- investigate current research in mathematics teaching and learning and how it translates into practice
- conduct applied classroom-based research
- deepen your knowledge and understanding of broad issues, policies, and controversies that impact schools in general and mathematics teaching in particular
- develop as a leader in mathematics education through presentations and participation in professional organizations and support networks
Readings, in-class activities, and assignments aim to help you apply current research and technologies to make your teaching more effective. Most major assignments center on your personal teaching experiences in your current classroom. The culmination of the program is your own research project in which you investigate a mathematics teaching or learning question through a systematic classroom-based study. In addition to becoming more effective mathematics teachers, graduates of this program will be well prepared for roles as department chair, math coach, or teacher leaders; for leading conference sessions or workshops; for some community-college positions; and for further study at the doctoral level.
The cohorted program comprises 10 courses (30 units): 8 core courses and 2 electives. Core classes meet from 4:00 – 6:45 pm and 7:00 – 9:45 pm every Tuesday for four semesters. These classes are generally reserved for the mathematics-education masters cohort: a small group of mathematics teachers who will be one of the most powerful sources of your learning in the program. The professional and personal connections you develop with cohort-mates will last well beyond graduation and serve as resources for years to come. The next cohort will run from Fall 2014 to Spring 2016. The two elective courses, in education or mathematics, are normally taken during the two-year program; some students will be able to substitute courses taken prior to this program (e.g., in a recent CSUN teaching-credential program) for these two electives.
Interested in applying? See the Admissions section of our Master's Programs page for more information.
Course of Study
The program comprises 10 courses (30 units): 8 core courses and 2 electives. Core classes meet from 4:00 – 6:45 pm and 7:00 – 9:45 pm every Tuesday for four semesters. The two elective courses, in education or mathematics, are normally taken during the two-year program; some students will be able to substitute courses taken prior to this program (e.g., in a recent CSUN teaching-credential program) for these two electives.
Fall of First Year (Core Classes)
S ED 625 - MA Theory and Research in Teaching Secondary School Mathematics
An introduction to current theories of mathematics teaching and learning and how they translate into practice. Major assignments center on your personal teaching practice. Also, exposure to current forms of research, to prepare you for systematic inquiry into your own practice.
S ED 646 - Application and Utility Software in the Secondary School Curriculum
Explore various strategies for teaching mathematics content through the use of technology. Design and develop learning activities using graphing calculators, computers, and application and utility software (such as CBR, Geometer’s Sketchpad, Fathom, Excel, etc.). Course provides tools for conducting research in preparation for the classroom research project and supports discussions in S ED 625 MA through research related to the use of technology in secondary schools.
Spring of First Year (Core Classes)
S ED 535 - MA Contemporary Mathematics Teaching
Further develop your theoretical understanding of teaching mathematics in secondary schools as you critically analyze current secondary mathematics curricula based on a foundational understanding of the literature discussed in S ED 625 MA. Apply your theoretical understanding of teaching by creating, analyzing, and reflecting on exemplary mathematics lessons.
S ED 600 - Research in Education
Explore the role of teacher as researcher. Find and analyze educational research related to mathematics curriculum, teaching strategies, and student learning. Learn about types of educational research; design a classroom action research project; and write early sections of the project report. Also, complete an initial draft of the NBPTS Documented Accomplishments entry.
Fall of Second Year (Core Classes)
S ED 610 - Issues in Education in Multiethnic Secondary Schools
Through research, reading, collegial discussion, reflection, and writing, you will develop a more thorough understanding of some of today’s most pressing issues for multiethnic schools, to be better positioned for leadership as well as for personal decisions about career and professional development.
S ED 690 - Seminar in Education
Develop a deeper understanding of current issues being addressed in SED 610 by applying them to mathematics education. Further refine your skills in researching and producing scholarly work by completing further sections of your classroom research project. Hone your presentation skills through presentations to colleagues and/or at a conference.
Spring of Second Year (Core Classes)
S ED 697 - Graduate Project
Complete your classroom research project, leadership activities, and assemble your MA Portfolio.
S ED 695D - Seminar in Instructional Leadership in Mathematics
Final seminar to help you translate your learning in the program into leadership activity and career decisions.
Two Required Elective Courses (6 units)
If you completed your credential program at CSUN within the past five years, you may be able to apply two of your credential courses to meet this requirement. Graduate courses or post-baccalaureate credential courses from other institutions may also be eligible substitutions for these electives.