2.4-Mathematics for Secondary Educators Option

(2.4) Mathematics for Secondary Educators Option

(2.4.1) Introduction

This option provides an appropriate mathematical background for students who are currently, or will become, teachers of mathematics at the secondary school or community college level. A plan of study must include a total of 33 hours of graduate work, with at least 18 hours in graduate courses in mathematics. The remaining hours may be taken, for example, in mathematics, mathematics education, statistics, or computer science upon prior approval of the Advisory Committee. A maximum of 9 hours from any one discipline outside of mathematics may be used to meet the 33 hours required for this degree.

(2.4.2) Core Curriculum

15 - 18 hours

  • Real Analysis requirement: Math 451/452 or Math 551 (Math 451 counts toward the 33 hours)
  • Linear Algebra requirement: Math 543
  • Math 535 – Foundations of Geometry
  • Math 541 – Modern Algebra (or Math 533 – Modern Algebra for Teachers 1; not regularly offered.)
  • Statistics 505 – Foundations of Probability/Stat or Stat 561 or Stat 511- 512 (Stat 511 does not count toward the 33 hours)

And a choice of one of the following core courses in applied/discrete mathematics:

3 hours

  • Math 530 – Introduction to Applied Mathematics (not regularly offered)
  • or Math 545 – Number Theory 1
  • or Math 571 – Combinatorial Analysis 1
  • or Math 573 – Graph Theory
  • or Math 563 - Modeling
  • or Math 521 – Numerical analysis
  • or Math 564 – Intermediate Differential Equations

And a choice of one of the following:

3 hours

  • Math 536 – Transformation Geometry
  • or Math 641 – Modern Algebra 2
  • or Math 534 – Modern Algebra for Teachers 2 (not regularly offered)

And the remaining hours to be approved by the student’s advisor:

A maximum of 9 hours may be taken from any one discipline outside of Mathematics

(2.4.3) Examinations

The Basic Exam in Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra is given as a placement exam at the beginning of graduate study.

Students must pass a final written examination based on their course work, consisting of four sections: algebra, geometry, applied/discrete mathematics, and probability/statistics. With the approval of the Advisory Committee, the exam may be taken after completion of the required 18 hours of graduate mathematics courses and the core curriculum.