Masters in Mathematics Education

8127
Master of Science
Classroom, Field
No
Graduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 8127 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission status: graduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom, field Location/s: main campus
Admission Materials: résumé, objectives  

The master's program for students holding bachelor's degrees in mathematics includes advanced graduate training in mathematics, in addition to courses designed to develop and improve education knowledge and skills. The program offers regular graduate work in mathematics and education while also providing the necessary course requirements for state certification of secondary school-teachers.

Admission Requirements

The master's program is designed for individuals holding bachelor's degrees either in mathematics or in middle or secondary school mathematics education.

General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section.

Degree Requirements

The master's degree in mathematics education is conferred on students who have successfully completed 30 credit hours including six credit hours of thesis (thesis option), or six credit hours of restricted electives that may include three credit hours of research chosen with the approval of the student's advisor and department head (nonthesis option). The thesis option concludes with an oral thesis presentation/defense. The nonthesis option concludes with an oral final program examination. Up to 12 credit hours of appropriate transfer credit may be applied.

It is the responsibility of the student to follow all master's degree policies governed by the graduate programs office. This includes arranging for the final program examination committee and scheduling the examination within the required time frame.

Curriculum

The following courses are required and must be taken at Florida Tech. Exceptions may be considered only through a written petition to be reviewed by the department's graduate faculty:

Complete:
  • EDS 5070 Educational Statistics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes sampling procedures, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, estimation of variability, the normal distribution, differences between two groups, analysis of variance and correlation. Also includes nonparametric techniques, multivariate techniques and computer analysis of educational data.
  • EDS 5095 Essentials of Educational Research
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes research skills and related competencies involved in the planning, conducting and reporting of applied research studies of the type required for a graduate degree.
  • EDS 5203 Theories and Trends in Education
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides an overview of human development and learning. Topics include behavioral, social and cognitive learning theories. Emphasizes the application and implications of these theories to educational practice. Includes student review of research articles and other publications that relate to human development and learning theories.

A minimum of three mathematics courses (9 credit hours) is required.

 

A minimum of two additional graduate education courses (6 credit hours) and six credit hours of Thesis (EDS 5999) are required for the thesis option.

 

A minimum of two additional graduate education courses (6 credit hours) and six semester credit hours of restricted electives that may include three credit hours of Research (EDS 5081) are required for the nonthesis option.

 

With departmental approval, up to six credit hours of upper-level undergraduate courses can be applied toward the master of science program.

 

Any schedule that would meet these requirements within a seven-year period is acceptable. Any combination of part-time and/or full-time semesters may be used, as well as any combination of evening and summer courses. The following is an example of a common schedule (nonthesis option):

Fall (12 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • EDS 5095 Essentials of Educational Research
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes research skills and related competencies involved in the planning, conducting and reporting of applied research studies of the type required for a graduate degree.
  • Education Electives Credit Hours: 6
  • Restricted Elective (MTH) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (12 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • EDS 5070 Educational Statistics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes sampling procedures, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, estimation of variability, the normal distribution, differences between two groups, analysis of variance and correlation. Also includes nonparametric techniques, multivariate techniques and computer analysis of educational data.
  • EDS 5203 Theories and Trends in Education
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides an overview of human development and learning. Topics include behavioral, social and cognitive learning theories. Emphasizes the application and implications of these theories to educational practice. Includes student review of research articles and other publications that relate to human development and learning theories.
  • Education Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (MTH) Credit Hours: 3
Summer (6 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • EDS 5081 Research 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    Individual research work conducted under the supervision of a science education faculty member.
  • Restricted Elective (MTH) Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 30