Master of Science
The Master of Science in Mathematics with an emphasis in mathematics education program provides mathematics teachers with advanced study in mathematics and mathematics education. The program offers teachers additional experience in higher-level mathematics to enhance their teaching with additional depth and breadth of content. At the same time, it strengthens their background in school mathematics curriculum, instructional practices, assessment, and technology and research in mathematics education.
The general admission requirements are found in the section “Graduate Admission Requirements.” In addition to the requirements listed, students must hold a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or a bachelor’s degree in some other field with extensive coursework in mathematics.
Twenty-four semester hours in mathematics plus 12 semester hours in professional education.
|Required Courses in Mathematics|
|MTH-5100||Foundations of Higher Mathematics||3|
|MTH-5400||Probability and Statistics||3|
|MTH-6100||Abstract Algebra I||3|
|MTH-6200||Abstract Algebra II||3|
|MTH-6300||Advanced Calculus I||3|
|MTH-6400||Advanced Calculus II||3|
|Required Courses in Education|
|MTH-5500||Technology in the Mathematics Classroom||3|
|MTH-5600||Assessment and Curriculum Development in Mathematics||3|
|MTH-5701||Research Seminar I||1|
|MTH-5702||Research Seminar II||1|
|MTH-5703||Research Seminar III||1|
|MTH-5704||Research Seminar IV||1|
Graduate Degree Requirements
- Completion of all coursework specified by the graduate program.
- Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or higher if specified by the graduate program.
- Submission of all pre-graduation materials required by the graduate program.
- Acceptance of thesis or other required final project by the graduate program.
- Submission of two copies of approved thesis or project in a specified form together with payment of binding fee where applicable.
- Submission of Application for Graduation and payment of any graduation fees assessed by the university.
- In the case of certification programs, submission of all governmental forms.
- Residency Requirement: A minimum of 25% percent of the total credits required for the completion of the graduate degree or post-baccalaureate certificate or credential must be earned at Aurora University. Individual programs may establish more extensive residency requirements, including requirements that specific coursework be completed at Aurora University.
A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit must be earned at Aurora University in order to receive this degree. A maximum of six semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred from a regionally accredited college or university and applied to the requirements of this degree. Any coursework submitted for transfer must be approved by the mathematics program faculty and the Chair of the division.
All graduate transfer credit from other institutions must be submitted at the time of acceptance into the program. Once the applicant has been accepted for enrollment in the program, it is expected that they will complete all coursework for the degree at Aurora University. No coursework may be transferred to Aurora University after enrollment. See the section “Transfer of Credit” for other conditions governing the transfer of credit.
Academic Standards and Evaluation
At the graduate level, a “C” grade indicates less than complete mastery of the content of a course. Only two grades of “C” are accepted at the graduate level in this program. See the section “Academic Standards” for other conditions governing academic standards and the graduate grading system.
- Theoretical Understanding:
- Working understanding of basic insights and methods in a broad variety of mathematical areas
- Clear understanding of key hypotheses and conclusions
- Application of theory to specific examples
- Written Communication:
- Clear and precise formulation of definitions and theorems
- Efficient and coherent presentation of arguments in the form of proofs and/or data
- Organization of individual results into a coherent conclusion or theory
- Oral Communication:
- Explanation of key ideas and general strategies
- Clear oral presentation of arguments
- Effective use of visual media
- Defense of ideas and arguments before an audience
- Research Skills:
- Searching the literature
- Reading and understanding of mathematical research (definitions and statements of results)
- Organizing information from disparate sources