BSU Masters in Mathematics


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  • Civic engagement and leadership
  • International and multicultural understanding
  • Belief in the power of the liberal arts
  • Environmental stewardship

Preparation Requirements

Applicants should have a licensed undergraduate teaching major or minor in mathematics.

University Requirements

See Section II, Graduate Study for degree requirements.

Course Work Requirements

Note: Required electives need to be selected so that at least 16 credits in the program are at the 6000 level.

I. Required Education Core

ED 6100 Educational Research I (3 credits)
ED 6107 Advanced Educational Psychology (3 credits)
MATH 6050 Assessment in the Mathematics Classroom (3 credits)

Subtotal 9 Credits

II. Required Mathematics Elective Courses

Note: Asterisked (*) courses have prerequisites not required in this program.

Select at least 12 credits from the following

*MATH 6350 Abstract Algebra for Secondary Teachers (3 credits)
*MATH 6450 Foundations of Calculus (3 credits)
*MATH 6550 Geometry for Secondary Teachers (3 credits)
STAT 5650 Probability and Statistics for Secondary Teachers (4 credits)
Mathematics content courses numbered MATH 5210 to MATH 5820 as approved by advisor
Other mathematics content courses approved by advisor

Subtotal 12 Credits

III. Required Mathematics Pedagogy Elective Courses

Select at least 9 credits from the following

CS 6420 Classroom Integration of Computer Software (3 credits)
MATH 5054 Math Activities for the Junior High/Middle School Classroom (3 credits)
MATH 5056 Math Activities for the Secondary Classroom (3 credits)
MATH 6150 Secondary Mathematics from an Advanced Standpoint (3 credits)
Other mathematics pedagogy courses approved by advisor

Subtotal 9 Credits

IV. Required Portfolio Evaluation and Research

Note: Consult with advisor before registration for MATH 6980.MATH 6055 Pedagogical Portfolio Evaluation (0 credits)
MATH 6980
Graduate Research Paper (2 credits)

Subtotal 2 Credits

Total Semester Credits Required for Degree 32 Credits

Competency Requirement

Computer Application of Statistics: Completion of MATH 6050 Assessment in the Mathematics Classroom, with a grade of “B” or better, or the equivalent as approved by the department.


Research Paper for Masters in Mathematics:

Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI): What’s the Point?