Master of Science in Mathematics Teaching

Website: https://twu.edu/math-computer-science/graduate-programs/

The Master of Science in Mathematics Teaching prepares the student to enter the workforce, teach at the community college level, or pursue doctoral degree programs in math education. The Master of Science in Mathematics Teaching is especially designed for elementary or secondary school teachers of mathematics.  Course work emphasizes topics needed for the elementary or secondary mathematics teacher.  Students can complete the program by taking evening or online courses in fall or spring or five-week courses in the summer. Secondary math teachers that complete this program often teach dual credit courses for their students.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Assemble sets of assumptions and explore the consequences of each set.
  2. Perform computations and apply methods of numerical analysis to data.
  3. Determine appropriate methods for data analysis.
  4. Prepare and deliver lectures to students, prepare and evaluate assignments on mathematics topics taught in public schools.
  5. Disseminate research by writing reports, publishing papers, or presenting at professional conferences.
  6. Demonstrate personal accountability and work habits, integrity, and ethical behavior.
  7. Proficient in the software tools to achieve the skills listed, such as Geogebra and Geometer’s Sketchpad.

Admissions

All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

This is a 36 semester credit hour (SCH) degree in which the student has the choice of one of the two options below:

  • Taking 15 SCH of required math courses and 18 SCH of additional math courses along with MATH 5973.  An oral examination upon completion of the professional paper is required.
  • Taking 15 SCH of required math courses and 21 SCH of additional math courses. Two comprehensive exams will be required of the student.

To accommodate current mathematics teachers, classes will be offered in the evenings during the fall and spring semester. Substitutions may be made with permission from a mathematics adviser.

Required
MATH 5203Problem Solving in the Math Classroom3
MATH 5303Algebra in the Mathematics Classroom3
MATH 5313Geometry in the Mathematics Classroom3
MATH 5323Euclidean Geometry3
MATH 5333Technology in the Math Classroom3
Electives
Choose seven of the following21
Advanced Calculus
History of Mathematics
Theory of Probability and Statistics I
Theory of Probability and Statistics II
Matrix Algebra
Introduction to Number Theory
Symbolic Logic
Statistical Methods I
Statistical Methods II
Differential Equations
Real Analysis and Topology
Professional Paper
Total SCHs36

Cooperative Education

In order for coursework in Cooperative Education to be counted as degree credit, department approval must be received during the semester in which the course is taken. This approval is in addition to approval to enroll in Cooperative Education coursework. Cooperative Education coursework, as with any coursework, must also be approved by the student’s advisory committee in order to be included on the degree plan. Only three semester credit hours of Cooperative Education may be counted toward the Master’s degree.