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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Degree in Mathematics Education

The MAT degree in Mathematics Education has two options, High School/Dual Credit teaching track and Middle School teaching track. This degree requires 36 graduate credit hours.

The High School Mathematics track is designed primarily for teachers possessing secondary certification in mathematics and/or computer science, emphasizing content. Applicants for the High School Mathematics track should have at least one year of calculus, a course in linear algebra, and a junior-level course involving mathematical proof.

Upper Elementary/Middle School Mathematics and Applications track is designed for junior high/middle school mathematics teachers. Applicants for the Upper Elementary/ Middle School Mathematics and Applications track should have mastered pre-calculus and have experience with mathematical problem solving (e.g., MATH 3307 or equivalent). Students must pass four courses in the Mathematics A content area and at least two courses in the Mathematics B content area.

The MAT in Mathematics Education does not currently require a thesis and is a terminal degree for most students. By taking an appropriate 18 hours of core courses in mathematics and statistics as part of the degree, students can meet the minimal mathematics requirement to teach at a community college/HS dual credit courses. Consult the Graduate Advisor for details. Students must pass MTHE 5327 Functions and Modeling and five of the six courses in the Mathematics B content area.

An interview with an SME faculty member may also be required for either track.

Courses                                                                                                                                                  

EDUCATION CORE

SMED 5301         Science, Mathematics, and Society                                                                       

SMED 5302*       Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics Education             

SMED 5303*       Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Science and Mathematics     

SMED 5304*       Reflections and Impacts in Science and Mathematics Education (5303 is a required prerequisite for 5304)

Mathematics Course Options:

Mathematics A (MTA) – minimum of 4

MATH 5301         Elementary Analysis I

MATH 5302         Elementary Analysis II

MATH 5305         Higher Geometry for Teachers

MATH 5306         Non-Euclidean Geometry for Teachers

MATH 6311         Abstrack Algebra I

STAT 5351           Probability and Statistics I

STAT 5353           Probability and Statistics II

CS 5333                Discrete Structures

 

Mathematics B (MTB) – minimum of 2

MTHE 5300         Foundations in Algebra

MTHE 5301         Foundations in Geometry

MTHE 5302         Foundations in Probability and Statistics

MTHE 5321         Problems in Algebra

MTHE 5322         Problems in Geometry

MTHE 5323         Problems in Pre-calculus

MTHE 5324         Problems in Discrete Mathematics

MTHE 5325         Problems in Math Modeling

MTHE 5326         Problems in Probability and Statistics

MTHE 5327         Functions and Modeling*

 

*Can be used for concurrent credit with UTeach Dallas teacher certification program

Other courses may be used to meet the STEM Content requirements.  Use of courses outside these sets must be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee.  Discuss with the graduate advisor during advising sessions. 

Students wishing to emphasize computer science may substitute appropriate courses for those in the Mathematics Education Core as approved by the Graduate Studies Committee.