Mathematics for Educators (MA)


2014-2015 GRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Effective 1 June 2014 through 31 May 2015

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This program offered by School of Education

Program Description

The faculty strives to consistently demonstrate outstanding teaching, with the hope that our graduates will be among the most talented and capable teachers in the schools. We want our students to experience learning mathematics in an interesting, growth-producing environment so that they will always be enthusiastic learners and teachers of mathematics.

All of our courses are designed specifically for the classroom mathematics teacher. In each course, students will develop a deeper understanding of central ideas in mathematics that are relevant to their own teaching. They will increase their own power to employ mathematical reasoning and problem-solving techniques, and they will learn techniques for teaching mathematics that will stimulate their own students’ imagination and intelligence.

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Requirements

Mathematics students must meet the requirements for an emphasis in community college mathematics, secondary mathematics or middle school mathematics. Upon completing 9 credit hours, students are required to be advanced to candidacy. Refer to the section on Advancement to Candidacy in this catalog for specific guidelines.

During their penultimate semester, and at least one academic year following their advancement to candidacy, students need to register for MTHC 5900 Final Reflections. This is a no-tuition, zero-credit-hour course in which students write an essay describing how they have changed as a result of participating in the program.

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Emphasis in Community College Mathematics

This emphasis is designed for community college teachers who wish to strengthen their ability to articulate mathematical arguments, increase their general problem solving abilities, and further develop their perspective and understanding of mathematics.

The requirements for the community college emphasis are 33 credit hours of mathematics courses numbered above MTHC 5200 and requires maintaining a GPA of 3.5.

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Emphasis in Secondary Mathematics

This emphasis is designed for secondary mathematics teachers who wish to deepen their understanding and broaden their perspective of mathematics. Courses developed for this emphasis include most mathematics courses numbered above MTHC 5200 and requires maintaining a GPA of 3.5.

The requirements for the secondary mathematics emphasis are 33 credit hours of mathematics courses including  a minimum of 21 credit hours numbered above MTHC 5200. Students selecting this emphasis must maintain a 3.5 GPA in graduate math courses.

Emphasis in Middle School Mathematics

This emphasis is designed for mathematics teachers of grades 5-8. Those choosing this emphasis will study a range of engaging mathematical ideas that require little mathematical background to comprehend and thus can be adapted for their own classroom use. Relevant courses include all those numbered below MTHC 5200, as well as an occasional course numbered above MTHC 5200.

The requirements for the middle school mathematics emphasis are 33 credit hours of mathematics courses including at least three credit hours of appropriate technology courses.

The following courses do not meet area-of-emphasis requirements for any of the emphases: MTHC 5210, MTHC 5410.

Admission

Students who are interested in applying to this degree program should also see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Receipt of official transcripts from the baccalaureate granting institution.
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Essay: "Why I Teach". If you do not currently teach, then describe why you want to be a teacher.
  • The student’s mathematical background also needs to be commensurate with the emphasis he or she is seeking. In particular, the secondary and community college emphases require (roughly) the equivalent of an undergraduate mathematics major.

Send all admission materials to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

Completed application files will be reviewed by the Mathematics Coordinator.

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Transfer of Credit

Students selecting either the middle school or secondary emphasis may transfer up to 6 credit hours of courses in mathematics or mathematics education provided that the courses are part of a graduate degree program at the host university and that the grades earned for the courses are B or higher.

Students selecting the Community College emphasis may transfer up to 6 credit hours of courses in mathematics provided that the courses are part of the host university’s graduate degree program in mathematics and that the grades earned for the courses are B or higher.

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