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Secondary Mathematics, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
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Overview

The program has four components in which to earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit:

  • Graduate course work in mathematics content and content-based pedagogy. At least 12 hours of credit in graduate course work specifically designed for preparation for teaching secondary mathematics. The content will include probability, statistics, algebra, geometry, applied mathematics and advanced calculus with connections to secondary school mathematics. At least one of the courses must be in probability and statistics; one in algebra; and one in advanced calculus. Candidates will sit for examinations in three of the following areas: probability and statistics; algebra; geometry; advanced calculus; and mathematics education. Candidates will also present a portfolio describing the body of work with samples of student work and explanations of connections to secondary school mathematics.
  • Independent study and research in mathematics or mathematics education. From three to six hours of credit is available in independent study and research under the direction of mathematical sciences faculty. The results will be evidenced by a report roughly equivalent to a master’s thesis.
  • Advanced work in professional teacher preparation. Up to six hours of credit in MATH 507V is available for advanced work in preparation for teaching AP calculus, AP statistics, International Baccalaureate (IB) mathematics, or for achieving National Board Certification in (Adolescence and Young Adulthood) Mathematics. Other professional development activities with quality control features similar to those of the AP, IB, and National Board programs may be presented for consideration for credit. All such work must be sanctioned by the sponsoring organizations.
  • Graduate courses in education. Up to six hours of credit is available in graduate courses in education. The student’s committee must approve the courses.

If allowed by Graduate School rules, credit previously earned may be applied to the requirements for this degree with the approval of the student’s advisory committee.

Each person receiving the Master of Arts degree in secondary mathematics must pass a written examination in three of the following areas: probability and statistics; algebra; geometry; advanced calculus; and mathematics education. No student will be allowed to take the examination more than three times. Candidates will also present a portfolio describing the body of work with samples of their work as students and explanations of connections to secondary school mathematics.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Statistical Methods
  • Introduction to Probability Theory
  • Connections to School Mathematics
  • Abstract Algebra with Connections to School Mathematics
  • Advanced Calculus with Connections to School Mathematics Teaching 
  • Advanced Linear Algebra
  • Numerical Linear Algebra
  • Teaching Mathematics
  • Curriculum Theory, Development, and Evaluation
  • Instructional Theory
  • Content Specific Pedagogy
  • Analysis of Teacher Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Learner Assessment and Program Evaluation 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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    6.5

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    79

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    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Prospective candidates for the Master of Arts degree in secondary mathematics are expected to have earned a baccalaureate degree or equivalent with a major in a mathematical science (mathematics, statistics, operations research, or computer science), engineering, or a physical science, and credit in courses equivalent to MATH 2564, MATH 3083, MATH 3113, and MATH 3773.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1138 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1138 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    421 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 421 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Fayetteville

  • 930 - 1350 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

There are a limited number of graduate assistantships for which you may be able to apply. Graduate Assistantships (GA's) are awarded by a department - the student works up to 20 hours per week for the department (in teaching positions, research, or other areas) in exchange for payment of tuition plus a living stipend paid directly to the student. Some assistantships are sufficient to cover all costs of attendance, and some cover only partial costs. 

Each department administers its own assistantships, and they vary widely in availability and amount of funding, depending on each department's budget, teaching/research needs, pool of qualified applicants, etc. 

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