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Mathematics Education Master's

Overview

The Master's of Arts in Education: Mathematics Education 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 master’s 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.

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.

Class List/Sequence:

 Fall SemesterSpring Semester
In addition to the core courses listed above, two additional elective courses (6 units) are required.
Year 1

S ED 646 Application and Utility Software in the Secondary School Curriculum

S ED 625MA Theory and Research in Teaching Secondary School Mathematics

S ED 535 Contemporary Mathematics Teaching

S ED 600 Research in Education

Year 2

S ED 610 Issues in Education in Multiethnic Secondary Schools

S ED 690 Seminar in Education

S ED 695D Seminar in Instructional Leadership in Mathematics

S ED 697 Directed Comprehensive Studies

Two Required Elective Courses (6 units)

For program completion, six (6) units of credential program, transfer, or other qualified coursework are needed. 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.

Coursework at the time of graduation cannot be more than seven (7) years old. Candidates in the program without these units, in consultation with the program directors, may enroll in an Independent Study, graduate-level mathematics courses, or other appropriate coursework during the summer or regular semesters.

Additional Requirements

Prior to the completion of 12 units of the program, a score at or above the 50th percentile of at least one section of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for those with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0. If the undergraduate GPA is below 2.5, admission cannot be guaranteed and will be handled on a case-by-case basis. If the undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or higher, the GRE requirement is waived. Also prior to the completion of 12 units of the program, a passing score (8) is required on the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam at another university. (Many candidates will have completed the UDWPE requirement as undergraduates at another CSU.) Please save all copies of university correspondence.