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Graduate School

Master of Arts in Teaching: Mathematics

701-858-3160 / 1-800-777-0750 ext.3160
Website: www.minotstateu.edu/matmath

Overview
The Master of Arts in Teaching: Mathematics is designed for experienced secondary school mathematics teachers or individuals who have completed a program of teacher preparation in mathematics. The program offers candidates the opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of mathematics, and gain information to enrich the classes they teach now or will teach in the future.

The program is designed to extend the undergraduate training for mathematics teachers now available at Minot State and other colleges and universities. It provides mathematics which may not have been available to practicing teachers at the time of their undergraduate training.

Since the anticipated audience for this program is working teachers, most required course work will be available for students who want to complete the program by attending only summer terms. The remaining required course work will be available by correspondence or on-line courses. The elective courses will be offered at various times, generally in one or two week formats.

Mission of the MAT: Mathematics Program
The mission of the MAT: Mathematics programs is to advance knowledge in mathematics, mathematics education, and related technology, foster critical and creative thinking, and enhance the vitaelity of the community of mathematics teachers and learners.

Goals of the MAT: Mathematics Program
The goals of the MAT: Mathematics program are as follows:

  1. To strengthen the content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge and practices of mathematics teachers.
  2. To foster a support network among mathematics teachers.
  3. To foster reflection on classroom practices with regard to best practices/student outcomes.
  4. To develop mathematics teachers as researchers and knowledgeable consumers of research.
  5. To develop leaders in mathematics education.
  6. To prepare people for doctoral study in mathematics education.
  7. To strengthen the knowledge of technology and its application in the teaching of mathematics.
  8. To enable teachers to relate mathematics to the real world through problem solving situations.
  9. To foster communication of mathematics between teachers, students, community members, and others.
  10. To foster and appreciation for mathematics and its history.

Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the MAT: Mathematics program will be able to do the following:

  1. Solve problems that require application of their knowledge of algebra, geometry, probability and statistics, mathematical systems, history, and calculus.
  2. Call upon a network of mathematics teachers for assistance and encouragement in teaching mathematics.
  3. Incorporate the five NCTM Process Standards into the teaching of mathematics.
  4. Be local, state, or national leaders in mathematics education.
  5. Pursue further graduate study.
  6. Use technology in the teaching of mathematics.
  7. Manage, monitor, and assess student learning.
  8. Collaborate with professionals to design a relevant thesis or culminating project in the field.
  9. Teach mathematics to a diverse student population.

Department Admission Standards
Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching: Mathematics is a competitive process. To be considered for admission, each applicant must have:

Qualified applicants will be rank-ordered based on the criteria listed above. A maximum of two out-of-state students will be admitted per year unless there are not enough qualified North Dakota applicants. When two or more applicants receive the same ranking, preference will be given to North Dakota applicants. Application deadline: March 15.

Program Completion Requirements
1. Complete required courses (31 SH)
2. Complete elective courses (1 SH)
3. Present and successfully defend the Capstone Project.

Grade Appeal
The process and conditions for a grade appeal follow the definitions and schedules of the Graduate School. All requests for review of a grade must be submitted according to the timelines established by the Graduate School for this process.

Academic Honesty
Students are expected to adhere to the general guidelines for academic honesty established by the Graduate School. Plagiarism and false claims of originality are sufficient grounds for probation or suspension from the program. Lesser sanctions may take the form of a failing grade for the course or for the assignment in question. The student may appeal any such sanctions following Graduate School definitions and schedules. All such appeals and responses must be in writing and must be submitted according to the timelines established by the Graduate School for this process.

Required Courses
MATH 501 Action Research in Math Education                2 SH
MATH 505 Fundamental Concepts of Advanced Mathematics     3 SH
MATH 507 History of Mathematics                           3 SH
MATH 511 Trends in Mathematics Education                  3 SH
MATH 523 Probability and Statistics for Sec Sch Teachers  3 SH
MATH 540 Geometry for Sec Sch Teachers                    3 SH
MATH 550 Technology for Teaching Math                     3 SH
MATH 565 Calculus for Sec Sch Teachers                    3 SH
MATH 580 Algebra for Sec Sch Teachers                     3 SH
MATH 596 Capstone Proposal                                2 SH
MATH 598 Capstone Project                                 3 SH
Elective Courses (choose at least 1 SH)
   MATH 531 El/MS Measurement                             3 SH
   MATH 532 EI/MS Problem Solv./Algebraic Reasoning       3 SH
   MATH 533 EI/MS Geometry                                3 SH
   MATH 534 EI/MS Probability and Statistics              3 SH
   MATH 535 Using Technology in El/MS Math                3 SH
   MATH 536 Number/Operation in EI/MS Math                3 SH
   MATH 590 Seminar                                       1 SH
   MATH 592 Special Topics                              1-4 SH

Minimum Total Graduate Program Credits Required          32 SH