MSED Mathematics Education

Contact Person:
Don Straight, Program Coordinator
216A Satterlee, (315) 267-2553  (straigdc@potsdam.edu)


Note: This program is not currently admitting new students; applicants interested in pursuing Professional certification in Mathematics Education 7-12 should contact the Coordinator of Graduate Admissions  (graduate@potsdam.edu) to explore other options.


The Master of Science in Education, Adolescence Mathematics Education program has been designed to meet the certification regulations of The New York State Education Department, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards, along with Advisory Board recommendations and alumni feedback. The program satisfies the academic requirements for Professional certification in Adolescence Mathematics Education 7–12. 

Requirements for Admission

  1. Submission of a copy of a current teaching certificate in 7–12 mathematics.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 (A=4.0) in the most recent 60 semester hours of undergraduate study.
  3. Three letters of recommendation, including at least two from previous professors which focus on academic ability.

Additional Degree Information
Candidates are strongly encouraged to review the Policies and Procedures in the Graduate Catalog, focusing on the specific information related to education programs. 

All degree candidates are required to create a comprehensive portfolio (GRED 670), modeled after the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification process. The purpose of this culminating experience is to give students an opportunity to document and synthesize their professional development, as well as to lay the foundation for future development. 

Student progress is carefully monitored throughout the program based on demonstration of appropriate knowledge, skills and dispositions. Students are provided with information on program expectations in their first semester. Students not making satisfactory progress will be counseled by their advisor and may be dropped from the program. 

Course Requirements
A minimum of 33 credit hours with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required for the granting of the Master of Science in Education, Adolescence Education: Mathematics degree. The 33 credit hours are to be divided as follows:

           
Required Courses12
GRED 600 Philosophical Foundations of Education
3
GRED 618 Curriculum and Evaluation in Secondary Schools
3
GRED 660 Educational Research
3
GRED 667 Topics and Research in Mathematics Education
3
  
Mathematics Concentration
12
Candidates will select a total of four courses from the following math content/ pedagogy courses listed in (A) and (B) below, with at least one course selected from each group.


A. At least one of the following:
GRED 504 Using Spreadsheets in Teaching School Mathematics
3
GRED 531 Creative Problem Solving – Mathematics
3
GRED 534 Teaching Mathematics in a Technological World
3
GRED 535 School Mathematics from an Advanced Standpoint
3
GRED 538 Mathematical Modeling in School Mathematics
3
GRED 539 Explorations in Discrete Mathematics for Teachers
3
GRED 608 Advanced Secondary Mathematics Education
3


Or other graduate mathematics education courses selected with prior adviser approval


B. At least one of the following:
MATH 522 Number Theory
3
MATH 524 Modern Algebra II
3
MATH 526 Linear Algebra II
3
MATH 553 Concepts of Geometry
3
MATH 567 Introduction to Complex Variables with applications
3
MATH 541 Introduction to Topology
 
OR MATH 661 Topology I 3
  
Other graduate mathematics courses selected with prior adviser approval
  
Note: For mathematics (MATH) course descriptions, refer to course descriptions offered by the School of Arts and Sciences.
  
Electives
6
Two graduate courses in education, mathematics, technology, literacy or special education, selected with prior adviser approval. 
  
Culminating Experience
3
GRED 670 Culminating Experience
3
  
Total credit hours
33