Master of Arts in the Teaching of Mathematics

  1. Program Philosophy
  2. Mode of Instruction
  3. Timeline
  4. Course Discriptions
  5. University Catalog. Open current catalog, scroll past "General Information" to "Academic Programs", click on the red button "Mathematics". When the page comes up look for "Master of Arts in Teaching of Mathematics".

1. Program Philosophy

Our program follows a "professional development" model for study. As such it has as its primary focus the teacher's continued development as a teacher of mathematics. It is situated in the world of practice and provides direct, explicit, and ongoing links to the teacher's world and classroom. This is accomplished through

A professional development program addresses the world of practice and the world of knowledge in a dynamic way.

2. Mode of Instruction

All of the courses in this program model interactive and alternative methods of instruction. Often the teachers work on projects together, investigate problems, and collaborate with other colleagues in addition to the university faculty. Our courses each have a strong technology component (calculators, computers, CD ROM, Video Laser Disks, etc.).

In keeping with the non-traditional nature of these courses, each uses a variety of alternative assessment techniques including, but not limited to: exams (oral and written), quizzes, journals, portfolios, group projects, and reports.

3. Timeline

Courses are offered two days a week during the late afternoon/early evening time period. A typical program plan is as follows:

Fall Term: Year 1

Spring Term: Year 1

Fall Term: Year 2

Spring Term: Year 2

Year 3

4. Course Descriptions

The following courses are required (30 units total).

MAT 515 Combinatorics for Teachers (3 units)

Sample Syllabus

Concepts of fundamental algorithms, graph theory, finite probability theory, random number generation, generating functions, recursion, difference equations, and induction. Topics relating to the high school mathematics curriculum from an advanced standpoint.

MAT 521 Geometry for Teachers (3 units)

Sample Syllabus

Topics from Geometry including: points and lines in a triangle, properties of circles, collinearity, concurrence, transformations, arithmetic and geometric means, isoperimetric theorems, reflection principle

MAT 523 Functions for Teachers (3 units)

Sample Syllabus

Topics from Function Theory including: mathematical models, linear functions, non-linear functions, transformation, limits, continuity and functions of several variables.

MAT 525 Algebraic Structures for Teachers (3 units)

Sample Syllabus

Topics relating to the high school Algebra curriculum from an advanced standpoint including algorithms, fields, and polynomials.

MAT 543 Advanced Problem Solving for Teachers (3 units)

Sample Syllabus

Problem solving using non-routine strategies. Problems to be representative of several branches of mathematics and mathematically based disciplines.

MAT 545 History of Mathematics Education (3 units)

Sample Syllabus

An overview of the historical, philosophical, cultural, and sociological foundation on which mathematics education in the United States and other countries is based.

GED 500 Research Methods in Education (3 units)

Examination of assumptions and techniques of educational research. Review of pertinent research studies emphasizing their applicability to educational problems. Statistical concepts, research methodology and computer applications are included.

MAT 555 Research in Mathematics Education (3 units)

Sample Syllabus

This course is designed to integrate previous work and experience by emphasizing the application of theoretical models and research designs to the field of mathematics education. Special emphasis is given to analyzing, organizing, and evaluating findings, and communicating the results.

MAT 599 Masters Project (6 units)

Students choose a school-based project in consultation with their advisor.