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MAT: Mathematics OverviewGraduate Math Science Courses

Graduate Faculty

Dr. Cheryl Nilsen

Program Director:
Dr. Laurie Geller

Dr. Larry Chu, Dr. Laurie Geller

Associate Professors:

Dr. Cheryl Nilsen, Dr. Kodwo Annan

Assistant Professors:
Dr. Narayan Thapa, Mr. Kevin Vang

Mr. Tim Morris, Mr. Fred Strand

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.

The graduate mathematics courses developed for this program are designed specifically for in-service secondary teachers in mathematics. The program is not specifically intended to lead to a Ph.D. in mathematics.

Since the anticipated audience for this program is working teachers, most required course work is 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.

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-order 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: May 1.

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

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

  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 an appreciation for mathematics and its history.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MAT: Mathematics program will be able to:

  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.

Academic Policy

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 and responses must be in writing and must be submitted in writing and 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 of 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.

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