Secondary Education: Mathematics M.S.

Graduate Arts and Sciences

Tetyana Berezovski, Ph.D., Director
Five-year Mathematics Education Program
Barbelin Hall 237
610-660-1554
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:

Research Component
MED 793Research in Math Education I3
or MED 783 Research in Mathematics I
Student Teaching
EDU 697Secondary Student Teaching6
Other Required Graduate Courses
EDU 616/616FInstruct Techniques - Math3
Electives
Select six MED or EDU graduate level courses18
Required Undergraduate Coursework
EDU 150/150FSchools in Society-Fr Seminar3
or EDU 160/160F Schools in Society
EDU 157/157FAdolescent Development3
SPE 160/160FIntro to Special Education3
SPE 203/203FTchng Adolescents Inclus Envir3
Required Coursework (Undergraduate or Graduate)
EDU 246/246FLiteracy, Language and Culture3
or EDU 646/646F Language and Culture
EDU 247Literacy in the Content Areas3
or EDU 647 Literacy & Learn Across Curric
SPE 310/310FAssessment & Progress Monitor3
or SPE 602/602F DiagnosticAsses/ProgressMon
Required Coursework in Mathematics (Undergraduate) 1
MAT 321Probability3
MAT 322Mathematical Statistics3
Required Coursework in Mathematics (Undergraduate or Graduate)
MAT 233History of Mathematics 23
or MED 551 History of Mathematics
MAT 332Geometry 23
or MED 554 Geometry
Certification Exams
Specialty Area Test of Praxis

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

Tetyana Berezovski, Ph.D., Director
Secondary Mathematics Education Program

Barbelin Hall 237
610-660-1554
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:

MED 551History of Mathematics (Fall, odd years)3
MED 552Number Theory (Fall, even years)3
MED 553Discrete Structures (Fall, odd years)3
MED 554Geometry (Fall, even years)3
MED 555Probability & Statistics (Fall, odd years)3
MED 556Linear Algebra (Summer, even years)3
MED 557Abstract Algebra (Summer, odd years)3
MED 559Mathematical Problem Solving (Spring, even years)3

Offered when there is demand:

MED 604Adv Perspect on Secondary Math3
MED 605Interdisciplary Math & Sci Edu3
MED 771Topics in Mathematics1-3

Pedagogy Courses

MED 601Commun & Tech in Mathematics3
MED 602Secondary Math Curriculum3
MED 603Assessment in Secondary Math3
MED 611Adv Methods Teaching Geometry3
MED 770Topics in Math Education1-3

Research Courses

MED 750Reading & Research in Math Ed3
MED 783Research in Mathematics I3
MED 784Research in Mathmatics II3
MED 793Research in Math Education I3
MED 794Research in Math Education II1-3
MED 795Master's Thesis3
MED 796Master's Thesis3