Why Study Mathematics Secondary Education (MSE)?

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UWRF's Master of Science in Education in Mathematics is a graduate program designed for secondary-level mathematics teachers with at least one year of teaching experience. Complete your degree in three years while learning best teaching practices with an emphasis on pedagogical content knowledge and the innovative use of emerging technologies. 

Program Details

  • Engage with other mathematics educators in a professional learning community.
  • Explore new areas of mathematics to develop new curriculum for your school.
  • Teach transcripted courses at your high school upon completion of the degree.
  • Study content related to calculus and statistics to teach an AP course.

Degree Requirements for Master of Science in Education in Mathematics

There are two different options that students can complete in order to satisfy the requirements of the degree. You can either complete a Research Option (31 credits) or a Capstone Option
(34 credits). Both options require 24 credits in mathematics content work for educators, as well as three credits related to emerging technology in the teaching and learning of mathematics. 

Research Option (31 credits)

Area of Specialization - Mathematics Secondary Education Content Domains {24 credits) 

Two mathematics content courses for educators are offered each summer. They are repeated every three years. 

MATH 711 Geometry for Educators, 4 credits
MATH 726 Statistics for Educators, 4 credits
MATH 736 Discrete Math for Educators, 4 credits
MATH 751 Linear and Abstract Algebra for Educators, 4 credits
MATH 756 Probability for Educators, 4 credits
MATH 766 Calculus for Educators, 4 credits 

Area of Specialization -Mathematics Secondary Education Technology (3 credits)
This course is offered in the spring every two to three years. 

MATH 705 Integrating Emerging Technologies in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics, 3 credits 

Area of Specialization - Mathematics Secondary Education Research (4 credits)
These courses are recommended to be taken at the same time, in order to assist in writing the Research Paper. 

TED 760 Methods in Research, 3 credits MATH 798 Independent Research, 1 credit
MATH 798 Independent Research, 1 credit

Complete Research Paper.
Complete Final Oral Exam with graduate committee.

Capstone Option (34 credits)

Area of Specialization - Mathematics Secondary Education Content Domains (24 credits) 
Two mathematics content courses for educators are offered each summer. They are repeated every three years. 

MATH 711 Geometry for Educators, 4 credits
MATH 726 Statistics for Educators, 4 credits
MATH 736 Discrete Math for Educators, 4 credits
MATH 751 Linear and Abstract Algebra for Educators, 4 credits
MATH 756 Probability for Educators, 4 credits
MATH 766 Calculus for Educators, 4 credits 

Area of Specialization -Mathematics Secondary Education Technology (3 credits)
This course is offered in the spring every two to three years. 

MATH 705 Integrating Emerging Technologies in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics, 3 credits 

Area of Specialization - Mathematics Secondary Education Capstone Electives (7 credits)
Two to three courses should be selected from the following in order to support further work into mathematical knowledge for teaching.

MATH 689 Special Topics in Mathematics, up to 6 credits MATH 789 Special Topics in Mathematics, up to 6 credits MATH 798 Independent Research, up to 4 credits
TED 750 Advanced Educational Psychology, 3 credits
TED 755 Social Issues in Education, 3 credits
TED 760 Methods in Research, 3 credits

Complete Final Oral Exam with graduate committee.

Applicants will have teacher certification in math and at least two years of teaching experience. To be admitted, applicants will also have:

  • An earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a four-point scale) or an average of at least 2.90 based on the last 64 semester credits (90 quarter credits) of the undergraduate program.
  • A completed online UW-System application received with payment of the $56 processing fee (waived for students who are not pursing a degree).

Unless otherwise indicated by the application instructions of your selected program of study, all documents should be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office, 103 David Rodli Hall, 410 S. 3rd St., River Falls, WI 54022 or by email to graduateadmissions@uwrf.edu.

Once admitted for graduate study, you will receive instructions on how to register for classes online.

Mathematics Secondary Education (MSE)

erick.b.hofacker@uwrf.edu // 715-425-4267

Your Degree:

Graduate

Area of Study:

Math

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Utilize emerging technologies in innovative ways
  • Explore and learn new areas of mathematics in order to develop new curriculum for your school
  • Gain the capability to teach transcripted courses at the high school level and AP courses
  • Cultivate best teaching practices and pedagogical content knowledge

Types of Courses

  • Advanced Educational Psychology
  • Discrete Math for Educators
  • Geometry for Educators
  • Integrating Emerging Technologies in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics
  • Linear and Abstract Algebra for Educators
  • Methods in Research
  • Probability for Educators
  • Statistics for Educators
  • Social Issues in Education

 

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