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Master of Science
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Master of Science in Mathematics Education

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. One program offers regular graduate work in mathematics and education while also providing the necessary course requirements for state certification of secondary schoolteachers. A second program is designed for those not wishing to teach in a secondary school and does not lead to certification.

The program for students holding bachelor’s degrees in mathematics education includes courses for teachers in mathematics, in addition to advanced graduate courses in mathematics education. The mathematics courses are designed to develop and upgrade subject matter knowledge. The mathematics education courses complement previous educational experience.

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 of the university catalog.

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.

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:

EDS 5070 Educational Statistics 3
EDS 5095 Essentials of Educational Research 3
EDS 5203 Theories and Trends in Education 3

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 senior-level 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 CREDITS
EDS 5095 Essentials of Educational Research 3
  Education Electives 6
  Restricted Elective (MTH) 3
  12

 

SPRING CREDITS
EDS 5070 Educational Statistics 3
EDS 5203 Theories and Trends in Education 3
  Education Elective 3
  Restricted Elective (MTH) 3
  12


SUMMER CREDITS
EDS 5081 Research 1 3
  Restricted Elective (MTH) 3
  6

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 30