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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.
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:
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.
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.
Required Mathematics Education Courses
The Teaching of Mathematics- 3 credits
Seminar in Mathematics Curriculum and Material 1- 3 credits
Elective Courses Approved within MSSC
Plan A and Plan B master's students may select additional approved elective courses from within or outside the MSSC department. For a complete list of approved elective courses outside of the department, consult with the MSST program director Dr. Marta T. Magiera.
All courses are 3 credits. Additional electives within and outside the department as approved by the program director.
Concepts in Geometry and Calculus from an Advanced Standpoint
Concepts in High School Algebra and Number Theory from an Advanced Standpoint
Abstract Algebra 1
Abstract Algebra 2
Complex Variables History of Mathematical Ideas
Theory of Numbers
Foundations of Geometry
Mathematical Modeling and Analysis
Theory of Optimization
Applied Combinatorial Mathematics
Theory of Probability
Biostatistical Methods and Models
Time Series Analysis
Applied Mathematical Analysis
Applied Linear Algebra
Design of Experiments and Data Analysis
Statistical Machine Learning
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To be eligible for admission to the Graduate School at Marquette University, applicants must meet the following requirements:
Applicants to the Math for Secondary School Teachers 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.
1Upon 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.
2Upon admission, an official course-by-course transcript/academic record evaluation 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.
This program has rolling admission, which means you may apply and submit all application materials any time before the following dates:
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.