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Math for Secondary School Teachers
Earn a Master of Science Degree in Mathematics for Secondary School Teachers
Although the mathematics for secondary school teachers (MSST) program is designed for teachers, it is also open to others who want to deepen their understanding of post-baccalaureate mathematics and mathematics education. Students may also choose core courses from the computational sciences program. This program does not prepare students for doctoral studies in pure mathematics.
Visit the Math Stats and Computer Science department web page for more detailed program information.
Applicants for the MSST should have an undergraduate degree in mathematics and should be certified to teach secondary school mathematics. Exceptions may be granted in specific cases; for example, if you do not currently have a teaching certificate, but you will qualify for a secondary mathematics teaching certificate by the time the degree is awarded.
By the end of the program of study, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of an area of mathematics (e.g., algebra, analysis, geometry) and a mathematics-related area that has implications for teaching (e.g., mathematics curriculum, learning theory, history of mathematics, philosophy of mathematics), and the connections between the two.
- Demonstrate an ability to apply the knowledge from learning outcome #1 to the classroom.
Course of Study
MSST candidates follow an individualized course of study prepared in cooperation with the student's adviser and approved by the MSSC Graduate Committee, following one of the two options.
- Plan A
24 semester hours of course work
thesis (for 6 credits)
- Plan B
30 semester hours of course work
10-20 page essay
Under Plan A, a thesis and 24 semester hours are required. The thesis must be an original contribution to the discipline for which six hours of credit are normally given. Plan B requires a 10-20 page essay that demonstrates the candidate's ability to analyze and synthesize a particular area of research or professional practice, and 30 semester hours of course work. Students will automatically enter under Plan B and will need to consult with their adviser and the Graduate Committee if they wish to transfer to Plan A. Provided approval is obtained from the Graduate Committee your program may incorporate a limited number of courses from other departments, including psychology, education or science courses.
The MSST program requires successful completion of MSSC 5300 and either MSSC 6953 or 6954. No foreign language is required.
The MSSC Department is committed to serving teachers and provides a generous number of mathematics courses in the late afternoon or evening as well as some summer courses to accommodate teachers' work schedules.
Visit the Mathematical and Statistical Sciences page in the College of Arts & Sciences to learn more about Faculty, Research and Awards.
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This program has rolling admissions, which means you may apply any time before the following dates:
- Fall term admissions- August 1 (June 1 for international applicants)
- Spring term admissions- December 15 (October 15 for international applicants)
These are the dates your application must be complete and all required documentation must be received in the Graduate School by these dates.
However, applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based financial aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) should be aware of the merit-based financial aid deadlines by which all applicant materials must be received by the Graduate School:
- Fall (August) Term: February 15
- Spring (January) Term: November 15
- Summer (May) Term: April 15
- Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
- A completed application form and fee online.
- Copies of all current and previous colleges/university transcripts except Marquette.*
- Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's academic qualifications for graduate study in the intended program.
- For International Applicants only: A TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
*Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record.
For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) please visit the departmental financial aid departmental financial aid web page. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.