The Master of Science in Mathematics Education

The MS in Mathematics Education is a 30-unit summer 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. A maximum of 9 semester units of transfer and/or CSU Chico Open University course work may be applied toward the degree.

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 "Graduate Education" 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:

MATH 610 Topics in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers: Analysis 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: Admission to the master's program in mathematics education or instructor permission.
MATH 620 Topics in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers: Geometry 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: Admission to the master's program in mathematics education or instructor permission.
MATH 630 Topics in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers: Foundations of Mathematics 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: Admission to the master's program in mathematics education or instructor permission.
MATH 633 Topics in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers: Number Theory 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: Admission to the master's program in mathematics education or instructor permission.
MATH 635 Topics in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers: Discrete Mathematics 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: Admission to the master's program in mathematics education or instructor permission.
MATH 637 Topics in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers: History of Mathematics 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: Admission to the master's program in mathematics education or instructor permission.
MATH 640 Topics in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers: Modern Algebra 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: Admission to the master's program in mathematics education or instructor permission.
MATH 650 Topics in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers: Probability and Statistics 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: Admission to the master's program in mathematics education or instructor permission.
MATH 660 Topics in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers: Mathematical Modeling 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: Admission to the master's program in mathematics education or instructor permission.
MATH 698 Graduate Advanced Topics in Mathematics 1.0 -3.0 FS

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

Mathematics Education Research Courses: 6 units

2 courses required:

MTHE 601 Research in Mathematics Education 3.0 SM
Prerequisites: Admission to a master's degree program in mathematics education or permission of instructor.
MTHE 680 Research Methods in Mathematics Education and Science Education 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: MTHE 601, admission to master's degree program in mathematics education or science teaching.

This course is also offered as NSCT 680.

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

EDMA 610 Introduction to Inquiry in Education 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Experience using computers, faculty permission.

Education Courses: 3 units

1 course selected from:

EDCI 601 Curriculum Development and Instructional Design 3.0 FS
EDCI 602 Assessment and Evaluation of Learning 3.0 FS
EDCI 611 Analysis of Instruction 3.0 FS
EDCI 689 Professional Field Experience 3.0 FS
EDUC 498 Special Topics 1.0 -6.0 FS

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:

MTHE 690 Thesis/Project Writing Seminar 1.0 -3.0 FS
Prerequisites: MTHE 680.
MATH 699T Master's Thesis 1.0 -3.0 FS

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

MATH 699P Master's Project 1.0 -3.0 FS

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 form the Office of Graduate Studies.

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.