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The Master of Science in Mathematics Education

The MS in Mathematics Education is a 30-unit summer start program that provides an opportunity for secondary mathematics teachers to advance their professional development by:

1. deepening and broadening their understanding of mathematics and of mathematics education;

2. developing their understanding of mathematics education research and its relationship to practice; and

3. developing their skills as teacher leaders in mathematics education.

Course Requirements for the Master's Degree: 30 units

A minimum of three consecutive summers of enrollment is required.

Continuous enrollment is also required, and is defined as enrollment in each summer term once the program is begun. Adjunct enrollment is required for any summer the candidate does not enroll in courses. At the discretion of the academic program, a maximum of 30 percent of the units counted toward the degree requirements may be special session credit earned in non-matriculated status combined with all transfer coursework may be counted toward the degree requirements. This applies to special session credit earned through Open University, or in courses offered for academic credit through Regional and Continuing Education.

Graduate Time Limit:

All requirements for the degree are to be completed within seven years of the end of the semester of enrollment in the oldest course applied toward the degree. See Master's Degree Requirements in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.

Prerequisites for Admission to Conditionally Classified Status:

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics does not admit students to conditionally classified status.

Prerequisites for Admission to Classified Status:

1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, or an equivalent approved by the Office of Graduate Studies.

2. Course work equivalent to a bachelor's degree in mathematics approved by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

3. State certification to teach secondary mathematics.

4. Satisfactory grade point average as specified in "Admission to Master's Degree Programs" in the University Catalog .

5. The personal characteristics which are conducive to academic and professional success, such as maturity, motivation, interpersonal skills, leadership and breadth of experience as reported in two letters of recommendation. The two letters should be from those who know the student's work, preferably one from a faculty member from a mathematics department and one from the secondary teaching profession.

6. The motivation to pursue graduate study in mathematics education as evidenced in a two-page written statement describing experience, purpose, and career goals.

7. Approval by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Office of Graduate Studies.

Advancement to Candidacy:

In addition to the requirements listed above:

1. Completion of 9 semester units of course work in residence, including MTHE 601 and one course from MATH 610-660, Topics in Mathematics for Teachers.

2. Formation of the Graduate Advisory Committee.

3. Development of a program of course work approved by the Graduate Advisory Committee Chair and the Graduate Coordinator.

4. A minimum grade point average of 3.0.

Requirements for the MS in Mathematics Education: 30 units

1. Completion of an approved program consisting of 30 units of 400/500/600-level courses as indicated below. At least 21 units must be in 600-level courses.

Mathematics and Statistics: 15 units

15 units selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Admission to the master's program in mathematics education or instructor permission.
Through an array of pedagogical strategies, secondary mathematics teachers explore analysis topics appropriate for the secondary school curriculum. These topics and strategies provide a basis for reflective analysis and deepening knowledge of analysis. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (005599)
Prerequisites: Admission to the master's program in mathematics education or instructor permission.
Through an array of pedagogical strategies, secondary mathematics teachers explore geometry appropriate for the secondary school curriculum. These topics and strategies provide a basis for reflective analysis and deepening knowledge of geometry. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (005602)
Prerequisites: Admission to the master's program in mathematics education or instructor permission.
Through an array of pedagogical strategies, secondary mathematics teachers explore the foundations of mathematics topics appropriate for the secondary school curriculum. These topics and strategies provide a basis for reflective analysis and deepening knowledge of the foundations of mathematics. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (005601)
Prerequisites: Admission to the master's program in mathematics education or instructor permission.
Through an array of pedagogical strategies, secondary mathematics teachers explore number theory appropriate for the secondary school curriculum. These topics and strategies provide a basis for reflective analysis and deepening knowledge of number theory. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (005605)
Prerequisites: Admission to the master's program in mathematics education or instructor permission.
Through an array of pedagogical strategies, secondary mathematics teachers explore discrete mathematics topics appropriate for the secondary school curriculum. These topics and strategies provide a basis for reflective analysis and deepening knowledge of discrete mathematics. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (005600)
Prerequisites: Admission to the master's program in mathematics education or instructor permission.
Through an array of pedagogical strategies, secondary mathematics teachers explore the history of mathematics appropriate for the secondary school curriculum. These topics and strategies provide a basis for reflective analysis and deepening knowledge of the history of mathematics. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (005603)
Prerequisites: Admission to the master's program in mathematics education or instructor permission.
Through an array of pedagogical strategies, secondary mathematics teachers explore modern algebra topics appropriate for the secondary school curriculum. These topics and strategies provide a basis for reflective analysis and deepening knowledge of modern algebra. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (005598)
Prerequisites: Admission to the master's program in mathematics education or instructor permission.
Through an array of pedagogical strategies, secondary mathematics teachers explore probability and statistics appropriate for the secondary school curriculum. These topics and strategies provide a basis for reflective analysis and deepening knowledge of probability and statistics. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (005606)
Prerequisites: Admission to the master's program in mathematics education or instructor permission.
Through an array of pedagogical strategies, secondary mathematics teachers explore mathematical modeling appropriate for the seconday school curriculum. These topics and strategies provide a basis for the reflective analysis and deepening knowledge of mathematical modeling. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (005604)
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 9 hours supervision. (005615)

Other 400/500/600-level courses may be selected if approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

Mathematics Education Research Courses: 6 units

2 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Admission to a master's degree program in mathematics education or permission of instructor.
This course will examine research in mathematics education that includes areas of teaching, learning, curriculum, and socio-cultural context. Selected research will be critically reviewed for research design and claims. In a culminating project, students will conduct a review on a specific topic in math education research literature. This is a required course in the MA and MS programs in mathematics education. 3 hours seminar. (005929)
Prerequisites: Admission to master's degree program in science teaching, NSCT 687, faculty permission.
The course focuses on quantitative and qualitative methods to conduct research in science education that informs and strengthens their classroom practice. Successful completion of the course requires students to develop a research proposal. 9 hours supervision. (005930)

OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Experience using computers, faculty permission.
This course develops the knowledge and skills educators need as consumers and producers of educational research. Introduction to skills for accessing, comprehending, planning, and conducting educational research and basic statistics. This course should be taken early in the MA degree program. 3 hours seminar. (002875)

Education Courses: 3 units

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Introduction to current processes and practices of curriculum development, instructional design, implementation, and assessment. Emphasis is on applications of processes to curriculum decision making in districts, schools, and classrooms. 3 hours seminar. (002796)
Develops an understanding of assessment of learning, focusing on assessment instruments, design of multidimensional assessments, and appropriate use of assessment techniques and the data derived from them. 3 hours seminar. (002795)
Applications of principles, practices, systems, and models for observation and analysis of classroom instruction for self-improvement and the improvement of instruction by other educators. 3 hours seminar. (002813)
Specially designed and supervised field experience activities through coaching or mentoring, appropriate to the level of expertise and profession. Participants enhance competencies related to instruction, curriculum, assessment, and management. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (002815)
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours lecture. (003130)

EDUC 498 must be taken for 3 units.

Other 600-level courses may be selected if approved by the Graduate coordinator.

Culminating Activity: 6 units

2 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: MTHE 680.
Formulation and pursuit, with supervision, of advanced projects and theses. The emphasis is on planning, reading, discussing, and evaluating student's manuscript-in-progress. This is a required course in the MA and MS programs in mathematics education. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units. (005931)
This course is offered for 1.0-6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (005620)

OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is offered for 1.0-6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (005622)

2. Completion and final approval of an acceptable thesis or project.

a. Submission of a proposal (detailed outline) of the thesis or project, approved by the Graduate Advisory Committee before beginning the thesis/project. The proposal includes a statement of the problem, the basic research methods to be employed, justification of the study's value, and estimated time of completion. The proposal is a formal document which must have appropriate attention given to matters of format, documentation, and quality of writing.

b. Registration in MTHE 690 and either MATH 699T or MATH 699P.

c. Completion of a thesis or project as specified by the Graduate Advisory Committee and the Graduate Coordinator. The thesis/project shall be prepared according to the standards established in A Guide to Graduate Studies: Policies, Procedures, and Format available on the Office of Graduate Studies website.

d. An oral defense of the thesis or project.

3. Approval by the departmental graduate committee, the Graduate Coordinator, and the Graduate Coordinators Committee on behalf of the faculty of the University.

Graduate Requirement in Writing Proficiency:

Writing proficiency is a graduation requirement.

Mathematics Education graduate students will demonstrate their writing competence through the successful completion of MTHE 601 (Research in Mathematics Education) with a grade of B or higher.

Graduate Grading Requirements:

All courses in the major (with the exceptions of Independent Study - 697, Comprehensive Examination - 696, Master's Project - 699P, and Master's Thesis - 699T) must be taken for a letter grade, except those courses specified by the department as ABC/No Credit (400/500-level courses), AB/No Credit (600-level courses), or Credit/No Credit grading only. A maximum of 10 units combined of ABC/No Credit, AB/No Credit, and Credit/No Credit grades may be used on the approved program (including 697, 696, 699P, 699T and courses outside the major). While grading standards are determined by individual programs and instructors, it is also the policy of the University that unsatisfactory grades may be given when work fails to reflect achievement of the high standards, including high writing standards, expected of students pursuing graduate study.

Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average in each of the following three categories: all course work taken at any accredited institution subsequent to admission to the master's program; all course work taken at CSU, Chico subsequent to admission to the program; and all courses on the approved master's degree program.

Graduate Advising Requirement:

Students should consult the department Graduate Coordinator for advisor assignments. No later than the second term of graduate study, students must identify a graduate faculty member who agrees to serve as the chair of their graduate committee.

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