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Mathematics Education (7-12), M.S.Ed

About the Program

This program is designed to develop, enhance, and extend the content knowledge and professional competencies of secondary mathematics teachers. Completion of this master of science program does not lead to New York State initial teaching certification.

Those interested in receiving initial certification should consider the postbaccalaureate teacher certification program in mathematics education grades 7-12 (7055).

About the Mathematics Department

317 Bishop Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5621
Fax: (716) 878-6107

Admission Requirements

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) in all undergraduate mathematics courses.

2. Completion of at least 18 credit hours beyond calculus, including one semester of linear algebra or abstract algebra, one semester of geometry, and at least one semester of analysis, discrete mathematics, calculus-based probability, or calculus based statistics. Those with minor deficiencies may enter the premajor program with written permission from the Mathematics Department chair; a copy of this statement will be filed in the Mathematics Department Office and the Graduate School.

3. Acceptance as a graduate student by the department chair and the Graduate School dean.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in the Graduate Catalog.

Program Requirements

Mathematics Courses 12-15 credits
Select from the following:
MAT 501 Mathematics for Teachers Algebra
MAT 521 Mathematics for Teachers Geometry
MAT 581 Mathematics for Teachers Probability and Statistics
MAT 601* Topics in Modern Algebra
MAT 603 Theory of Matrices
MAT 611* Topics in Real Analysis
MAT 620 Modern Geometry: Selected Topics
MAT 631 Foundations of Mathematics
MAT 651 Theory of Numbers
MAT 670 Discrete Mathematics and Foundations of Computer Science
MAT 681 Intermediate Probability
MAT 683 Statistical Theory
MAT 696 History of Mathematics
MAT 699 Advanced Special Topics
MAT 701 Modern Algebra I
MAT 711 Analysis I
* Required if not part of student’s undergraduate program

Mathematics Education Courses 6-9 credits
Select from the following:
MED 601 Seminar in Teaching of Mathematics
MED 602 Mathematics for the Secondary School Teacher: Special Topics (3-9)
MED 604 Teaching of Geometric Concepts
MED 605 Teaching of Algebraic Concepts
MED 606 Logo and Mathematics Learning
MED 607 Technology in Mathematics Education
MED 683 Problem Solving and Problem Posing

Curriculum and Research Courses 6 credits
MED 595 Research Methods and Techniques in Mathematics Education
MED 600 Contemporary Mathematics Curriculum Development

Master’s Project or Master’s Thesis 3-6 credits
Select one option:
MED 690 Master’s Project
MED 795 Thesis in Mathematics Education (3-6)

Total Required Credit Hours 30 credits

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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