MSM Program of Study

Continuous Mathematics – 7

Math 545, Intermediate Calculus
4 credits (summer 2019)
Further development of the fundamental concepts of calculus and their applications with an emphasis on a constructivist approach to learning, cooperative groups, problem solving, and the use of technology.

Math 546, Algorithms in Analysis and Their Computer Implementation
3 credits (summer 2019)
The use of technology in secondary mathematics with an emphasis on the exploration and implementation of algorithms.

Discrete Mathematics, Geometry, Statistics – 13

Math 547, Discrete Mathematics and Applications
4 credits (summer 2018)
Applications of graph theory, game theory, linear programming, recursion, combinatorics, and algebraic structures. Issues in integrating discrete topics into the secondary curriculum. Use of the computer to explore discrete mathematics.

Math 549, Intermediate Geometry
3 credits (summer 2018)
A study of geometry with emphasis on metrics, the group of isometries, the group of similarities, and the affine group. Specific spaces studied normally include the Euclidean plane, the 2-sphere, and projective 2-space. Emphasis on analytical methods.

Stat 410, Statistical Methods for Mathematics Teachers
6 credits (summer 2017)
Descriptive statistics; data collection through experimentation and sampling; univariate statistical inference; contingency tables; design of experiments and ANOVA; simple linear regresson; logistic regression; multiple linear regression.

Seminar – 3

Math 540A, 540B, 540C, Seminar in Mathematics Education
Research studies in mathematics learning and teaching, exemplary practices in mathematics education, and current state and national trends in the mathematics curriculum in grades K-12.

Math 540A Seminar in Mathematics Education I
1 credit (Summer 2017)
Research Research studies in mathematics learning and teaching, exemplary practices in mathematics education, and current state and national trends in the mathematics curriculum in grades K-12 particularly regarding assessment, equity, problem-solving, and the teaching of statistics.

Math 540B Seminar in Mathematics Education II
1 credit (Summer 2018)
Research studies in mathematics learning and teaching, exemplary practices in mathematics education, and current state and national trends in the mathematics curriculum in grades K-12 particularly regarding geometry and discrete mathematics.

Math 540C Seminar in Mathematics Education III
1 credit (Summer 2019)
Research studies in mathematics learning and teaching, exemplary practices in mathematics education, and current state and national trends in the mathematics curriculum in grades K-12 particularly regarding the teaching of analysis, algebra, and technology.

Electives – 6

May be selected from professional studies, computer science, mathematical sciences or physics. At least three credits must be at the 500 or 600 level. Electives may be chosen to if you consider teaching at a community college: Higher Education 561(3 credits, College Teaching), Higher Education 562 (3 credits, Curriculum Development), and Higher Education 582 (3 credits, Comprehensive Community College). Another course that may be of interest is Mathematics 533 (Cryptography, 3 credits).

Creative Component – 3

Math 599, Creative Component
Formal paper communicating mathematical topic that is new to the student.

TOTAL 32 credits

This program is structured so that most or all course work can be completed in three years. An example of such a program is as follows:

Summer 2018: Math 547, 549, 540B
Summer 2019: Math 545, 546. 540C
Summer 2020: Math 540A, Stat 410

 

Courses above are tentatively scheduled as noted on campus and through blended distance learning with Adobe Connect software.

The Creative Component (Math 599) can be taken during the last summer, with most of the actual research and writing done during the preceding year. This formal paper will be written under the direction of a major professor and the Program of Study Committee (POS). Electives can be taken in one or more of these summers or in an evening course. Transfer credits
are acceptable as Electives upon approval of the student’s Program of Study (POS) committee.

  • Each candidate for the MSM Program must earn a grade of B or better in Math 540, 545, 547, 549 and Stat 410.
  • After all requirements have been met, a comprehensive final oral examination will be taken over the course work and creative component.
  • Individuals may take the Master of School Mathematics courses without seeking a degree; however, students are encouraged to work toward the MSM degree.
  • In some cases a student together with his or her POS Committee may believe it appropriate to modify the program of study described above. In such cases the student and his or her major professor may jointly petition the departmental Graduate Committee, which may approve such changes as they believe reasonable and consistent with the intent of the MSM Program.
  • To set up a program of study, MSM students select a POS committee: two faculty members from the MSM program and a third from another department. The committee could meet occasionally and the student may want to come to campus to meet with the committee. The student’s major professor will probably advise through email and telephone correspondence.

For more information:

Questions concerning prerequisites and qualifications for a specific course may be obtained by calling the Department of Mathematics 515.294.1752; ask to be transferred to the instructor.

For questions about the program, contact Director of Graduate Education for School Mathematics:
Alejandro Andreotti

For questions about applications, registration, forms and paperwork, contact:

Melanie Erickson