Mathematics Education (M.M.E.)
The mathematics education master's degree program has been developed to meet the professional needs of high school mathematics teachers. Ohio Department of Education licensure guidelines now require that all K-12 grade teachers complete a master's degree program in their content area or general education in order to maintain a provisional teaching license for a second renewal. The Department of Mathematics has created the MME to meet this requirement, and it has been designed to address issues that are especially important to high school mathematics educators.
Key features of the program include: curriculum that focuses on pedagogical content knowledge, the special knowledge that distinguishes the mathematics knowledge of teachers from that of mathematicians; student development of a stronger mathematics content knowledge, as well as the ability and opportunity to apply this knowledge to the 9-12 grade curriculum; introduction to major research issues and both quantitative and qualitative methods in mathematics education; focus on students' continued growth as leaders in education; an emphasis on the latest technological advances - both computer-based and using hand-held graphing utilities. Additionally, students will consistently experience the "best practices" as modeled by program faculty whose area of expertise is mathematics education.
This is primarily a summer program that offers a solid base in the teaching of secondary school mathematics. The curriculum includes both mathematics and education coursework consisting of 10 classes that may be completed over the course of three summers, with minimal requirements during the regular school year.
As is the case with other graduate programs within the Department of Mathematics, the MME program requires a capstone experience of a Mathematics Clinic project. Each student will work with a faculty member to design and implement a research project in mathematics education. A "journal ready" report will be required, as well as a presentation of their findings in one of our departmental colloquia.
Applicants should submit the following information in addition to the online application:
- Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
- Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
- A personal statement or résumé.
- A valid teaching license for secondary school mathematics, a letter from secondary school principal indicating that applicant is a full-time mathematics teacher or a letter from community college indicating that applicant is a full-time teacher.
- Results from the GRE are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Additional requirements apply for international students.
Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in a mathematics education-related field and have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA are encouraged to score 500 or above on each section of the GRE.
Graduate assistantships are available.
Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my completion of this program meet requirements for initial or alternative licensure in Ohio?
No. This program is for currently licensed high school and community college mathematics teachers and will not serve as either an initial or alternative licensure program.
How long will it take to complete this degree?
The mathematics program can be completed in as few as three summers, with minimal time during the regular school year.
Who should apply for admission to the program?
This program is for community college and currently licensed high school mathematics teachers.
When will courses for the mathematics education program be offered?
The program has been designed to accommodate the busy schedules of high school and community college teachers. All required courses are offered during the summer. Teacher education courses can also be taken during the regular school year.
The mathematics clinic requirement may need to be completed, in part, during the regular school year in order to collect appropriate data from the participating teachers' classrooms.
Becky Krakowski, Ph.D.