Master of Science (Mathematics Education Concentration) | Department of Mathematics

Master of Science (Mathematics Education Concentration)

The Master of Science in Mathematics Education program provides certified secondary mathematics teachers with the course work to teach dual-credit (high school/college) mathematics. Additionally, this degree provides college/university developmental mathematics instructors with the coursework required to teach college- /university-credit mathematics courses.

The concentration offers courses tailored to meet the needs of practicing teachers aiming to

  • deepen their subject matter knowledge in secondary school mathematics and college-level mathematics content and curricula from an advanced perspective. This perspective considers not only the many interconnections among high school mathematics topics, but also their relationship to college-level mathematics.

  • enhance their pedagogical and curricular knowledge by investigating current issues and trends in mathematics education.

  • become more familiar with learning theories and research methods (both quantitative and qualitative) for conducting mathematics education research.

  • become members of professional learning communities and professional organizations and assume a more prominent role within the mathematics education community in the local and national contexts.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree with either an overall GPA of at least 3.0, or a GPA of at least 3.0 for college-level mathematics and statistics courses.
  • At least 18 semester hours of college-level mathematics courses (Calculus II and above)

  • At least 2 years of current secondary school teaching experience.

Students who do not meet all three criteria may be considered on a holistic basis.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • 2 letters of recommendation

  • Current CV

  • Statement of Professional goals (~ 750 words)

Application Process

Applying to the MS in the Department of Mathematics consists of two steps: applying to the university and sending additional materials to the department. We do not review applications until all required materials listed below are submitted.

  1. Apply for admission at the Toulouse Graduate School. You should order your official transcripts from your previous universities to be sent to the graduate school.

  2. As a separate step in the application process, please email your CV, a statement of professional goals, and arrange to have at least two letters of recommendation sent to the department at Letters of reference must be sent by the letter writer, not the applicant.

Apply Now

Program Contact

Dr. Nirmala Naresh

Degree Requirements (36 SCH)

  • Any 4 of the following courses (12 SCH):

    MATH 5110 Introduction to Analysis
    MATH 5210 Numerical Analysis
    MATH 5400 Introduction to Functions of a Complex Variable
    MATH 5460 Differential Equations
    MATH 5500 Matrix Theory
    MATH 5600 Introduction to Topology
    MATH 5700 Selected Topics in Contemporary Mathematics

  • Any 4 of the following courses (12 SCH):

    MATH 5710 History of Mathematics with Technology
    MATH 5720 Problem-solving for Secondary Teachers
    MATH 5730 Problem-Solving in Calculus for Teaching
    MATH 5740 Problem-Solving in Probability & Statistics for Teaching
    MATH 5750 Selected Topics in Mathematics Education

  • 3 Electives (9 SCH)

    Electives may be chosen from within or outside the department in consultation with and approval of the academic advisor.

  • MATH 5900 Professional Project (3 SCH)

    Students will identify a collaborative research project with faculty through identifying an educational issue grounded in the context of their classroom teaching. They will review literature, develop a research question, design a methodology, gather, and analyze data, draw conclusions and implications, and possibly draft a paper to be published in a math ed journal. During the final term/semester, students must share key findings from their project through a formal presentation. Students will be highly encouraged to share their research findings beyond the department by presenting at regional conferences focused on mathematics or mathematics education (e.g. Texas MAA section meetings, Texas Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE-TX), Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT).

Marketable Skills

  1. Creative and analytical thinking
  2. Creative problem-solving
  3. Mathematical writing
  4. Oral and written communication
  5. Apply Theory to Practice
  6. Conduct research
  7. Research presentation
  8. Pedagogical practices