# Secondary Education: Mathematics M.S.

## Graduate Arts and Sciences

*Tetyana Berezovski, **Ph.D., ***Director**

*Five-year Mathematics Education Program*

*Barbelin Hall 23**7*

*610-660-15**54*

*tberezov**@sju.edu*

## Program Description

The combined B.S/M.S. program in mathematics and secondary mathematics education offers students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate major in mathematics and an M.S. in Mathematics Education, and obtain Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Secondary Teacher Certification in Mathematics. The curriculum emphasizes the unique character of mathematics learning theory, technology, and techniques for effective teaching in the discipline. The program strengthens traditional certification programs by incorporating a research experience.

## Admission Requirements and Procedures

The five-year program is open only to undergraduate mathematics majors at Saint Joseph’s. Students will be evaluated for acceptance into the program after the completion of the first semester of their junior year. Applicants must complete the standard graduate admissions application, including a complete undergraduate transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a personal essay describing the student’s goals by April 15 of the junior year. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better is required.

**Learning Goals and Objectives**

Students in the Five-year BS/MS in Mathematics and Mathematics Education Program complete all requirements of the undergraduate Mathematics major in the first four years and all requirements of the Secondary Education major by the end of the fifth year. In addition to the goals and objectives for those two programs, students in the 5-Yr Math and Math Education program will meet the following.

**Goal 1:** Students will demonstrate knowledge of the mathematical content required for teaching secondary mathematics.

**Objective 1.1: ** Students will know how to solve mathematical problems using multiple representations and using multiple mathematical approaches.

**Objective 1.2: ** Students will understand the nature of proof and the sequence of observing examples, making conjectures and proving or disproving mathematical statements in a variety of mathematical disciplines.

**Goal 2:** Students will be able to plan and align curriculum and assessment according to Pennsylvania State standards, Common Core State Standards and the standards put forth by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

**Objective 2.1**: Students will be aware of current issues in and the evolving nature of mathematics education including the use of technology.

**Objective 2.2: ** Students will be able to draw on a variety of resources including the research literature in mathematics education to enhance their teaching and examine curricular change.

Students must complete all requirements for the undergraduate B.S. in Mathematics as described in the Undergraduate Catalog. To receive the M.S. in Mathematics Education, students must take an additional 30 credits at the graduate level in Education or Mathematics Education during the following summer and academic year. Graduate coursework must include:

Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|

Research Component | ||

MED 793 | Research in Math Education I | 3 |

or MED 783 | Research in Mathematics I | |

Student Teaching | ||

EDU 697 | Secondary Student Teaching | 6 |

Other Required Graduate Courses | ||

EDU 616/616F | Instruct Techniques - Math | 3 |

Electives | ||

Select six MED or EDU graduate level courses | 18 | |

Required Undergraduate Coursework | ||

EDU 150/150F | Schools in Society-Fr Seminar | 3 |

or EDU 160/160F | Schools in Society | |

EDU 157/157F | Adolescent Development | 3 |

SPE 160/160F | Intro to Special Education | 3 |

SPE 203/203F | Tchng Adolescents Inclus Envir | 3 |

Required Coursework (Undergraduate or Graduate) | ||

EDU 246/246F | Literacy, Language and Culture | 3 |

or EDU 646/646F | Language and Culture | |

EDU 247 | Literacy in the Content Areas | 3 |

or EDU 647 | Literacy & Learn Across Curric | |

SPE 310/310F | Assessment & Progress Monitor | 3 |

or SPE 602/602F | DiagnosticAsses/ProgressMon | |

Required Coursework in Mathematics (Undergraduate) ^{1} | ||

MAT 321 | Probability | 3 |

MAT 322 | Mathematical Statistics | 3 |

Required Coursework in Mathematics (Undergraduate or Graduate) | ||

MAT 233 | History of Mathematics ^{2} | 3 |

or MED 551 | History of Mathematics | |

MAT 332 | Geometry ^{2} | 3 |

or MED 554 | Geometry | |

Certification Exams | ||

Specialty Area Test of Praxis |

^{1} | Courses taken as mathematics electives as part of the major requirements |

^{2} | MED courses may be used to satisfy requirements of the undergraduate mathematics major only with the approval of the Department Chairperson |

## M.S. Program in Secondary Mathematics Education (without certification)

*Tetyana Berezovski**, Ph.D.,* **Director**

**Secondary Mathematics Education Program**

*Barbelin Hall 23**7*

*610-660-15**54*

*tberezov**@sju.edu*

### Program Description

The M.S. program in secondary mathematics education offers students the opportunity to complete a graduate degree emphasizing both mathematical content knowledge and mathematical pedagogical knowledge. Students are required to complete course work in both areas and have the option of incorporating a research experience. Designed for in-service teachers, the program aims to increase the mathematical knowledge needed for teaching at the secondary level and to support teachers’ growth as reflective practitioners.

The art of imparting mathematical knowledge to others can be traced back to ancient Greek and Babylonian culture. Teachers and students worked together on clay tablets, with sticks and rocks to solve practical mathematical problems encountered in daily living. Today mathematics has grown into a science that does much more than solve practical problems. This evolution has forced educators to rethink the way they teach mathematics. It is clear that changes in pedagogy have been and continue to be necessary for the sustained advancement of the science of mathematics. Thus the mission of the program leading to the degree Master of Science in Secondary Mathematics Education emphasizes both the acquisition of mathematical knowledge as well as innovative techniques for instruction.

### Program Description

The M.S. program in secondary mathematics education offers students the opportunity to complete a graduate degree emphasizing both mathematical content knowledge and mathematical pedagogical knowledge. Students are required to complete course work in both areas and have the option of incorporating a research experience.

**Learning Goals and Objectives**

**Goal 1:** Students will demonstrate knowledge of the mathematical content required for teaching secondary mathematics.

**Objective 1.1:** Students will know how to solve mathematical problems using multiple representations and using multiple mathematical approaches.

**Objective 1.2:** Students will understand the nature of proof and the sequence of observing examples, making conjectures and proving or disproving mathematical statements in a variety of mathematical disciplines.

**Goal 2:** Students will be able to plan and align curriculum and assessment according to Pennsylvania State standards, Common Core State Standards and the standards put forth by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

**Objective 2.1:** Students will be able to critically assess mathematics curricula.

**Objective 2.2:** Students will be able to use a variety of pedagogical approaches and assessment tools in their teaching of mathematics.

**Objective 2.3:** Students will be aware of current issues in and the evolving nature of mathematics education including the use technology.

**Objective 2.4:** Students will be able to draw on a variety of resources including the research literature in mathematics education to enhance their teaching.

### Admission Requirements and Procedures

The MS Program in Secondary Mathematics Education is designed for practicing mathematics teachers but is open to anyone with a sufficiently strong background in mathematics and education. Typically we require a BS in a STEM discipline (science, technology, engineering or math); however, we would consider applicants with an undergraduate degree in any field with appropriate teaching experience in mathematics. In addition, students who have not had Calculus I, II and III would be required to take these courses before being fully admitted.

Applicants must complete the standard graduate admissions application, including all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a personal essay describing the student’s goals.

### Program Structure and Curriculum

Students are required to complete 30 credits; usually ten 3-credit courses but other combinations are possible. Students must complete at least 6 credits (2 courses) from the list of MED Content Courses and at least 6 credits (2 courses) from the list of MED Pedagogy Courses. The remaining 18 credits (6 courses) may be any combination of MED courses. In addition, with permission of the program director, up to 6 of these 18 credits (2 of the 6 courses) may be taken in Teacher Education (EDU), Special Education (SPE) or Educational Leadership (EDL). All research courses are arranged as independent studies with faculty mentors.

### Content Courses

Offered every two years on a rotating basis:

Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|

MED 551 | History of Mathematics (Fall, odd years) | 3 |

MED 552 | Number Theory (Fall, even years) | 3 |

MED 553 | Discrete Structures (Fall, odd years) | 3 |

MED 554 | Geometry (Fall, even years) | 3 |

MED 555 | Probability & Statistics (Fall, odd years) | 3 |

MED 556 | Linear Algebra (Summer, even years) | 3 |

MED 557 | Abstract Algebra (Summer, odd years) | 3 |

MED 559 | Mathematical Problem Solving (Spring, even years) | 3 |

Offered when there is demand:

Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|

MED 604 | Adv Perspect on Secondary Math | 3 |

MED 605 | Interdisciplary Math & Sci Edu | 3 |

MED 771 | Topics in Mathematics | 1-3 |

### Pedagogy Courses

Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|

MED 601 | Commun & Tech in Mathematics | 3 |

MED 602 | Secondary Math Curriculum | 3 |

MED 603 | Assessment in Secondary Math | 3 |

MED 611 | Adv Methods Teaching Geometry | 3 |

MED 770 | Topics in Math Education | 1-3 |

### Research Courses

Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|

MED 750 | Reading & Research in Math Ed | 3 |

MED 783 | Research in Mathematics I | 3 |

MED 784 | Research in Mathmatics II | 3 |

MED 793 | Research in Math Education I | 3 |

MED 794 | Research in Math Education II | 1-3 |

MED 795 | Master's Thesis | 3 |

MED 796 | Master's Thesis | 3 |