Mathematics Education

Degree Programs
An Overview


 Bachelor of Science in Education Undergraduate Courses
 Master of Education

Graduate Courses


Certification for Persons With a Bachelor's Degree

Master of Arts in Teaching
 Master of Arts
 Specialist in Education
 Doctor of Philosophy


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Bachelor of Science in Education

The Bachelor of Science in Education program is designed to prepare candidates for grade 7-12 secondary mathematics teaching. The student must meet all general degree requirements set by the University, such as the core program, history requirement, environmental studies, U. S. and Georgia constitution, and Regent's examinations. The program includes at least 2 courses in calculus and 9-10 additional teaching field courses (MATH, STAT, or EMAT) at the upper division level that includes at least one course in each of

The professional education courses include three general courses in educational psychology, introduction to education, and the nature of exceptional children. The mathematics education sequence over a period of four semesters includes courses and practica for mathematics curricula, mathematics instruction, student teaching, and a post-student teaching seminar.

The student should consult each quarter with their Department of Mathematics Education faculty advisor to construct and carry forward a program of study.


Master of Arts Degree Program

Students must meet the general requirements, including the final oral examination, listed in the Graduate School Bulletin for the Master of Arts Degree. Course selection must have the approval of a Department of Mathematics Education faculty advisor.

*Required unless student has had similar courses.


Master of Education Degree Program

for Secondary School Mathematics Teachers

The requirements for the Master of Education degree leading to T-5 Mathematics Certification for Secondary School Mathematics Teachers are outlined below for those students holding Georgia T-4 Mathematics Certification for Secondary School. Students working for initial certification at the T-5 level can expect to complete additional requirements for certification and should consider the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program. An organized program of studies approved by an advisor in the Department of Mathematics Education, must be completed. In addition, the student must meet all general requirements, including a final written comprehensive examination, listed in the Graduate School Bulletin for the professional master's degree. Students are expected to have previous mathematics background with a minimum of 11 courses in the mathematical sciences.

  • Educational Psychology (one course required): 3 hours.
  • Curriculum and Instruction: 8-9 hours
  • *EMAT 6990 Seminar in Mathematics (2-3 hours)

    *Required unless student has had similar courses.



    Master of Arts in Teaching Degree Program (MAT)

    for Secondary School Mathematics Teachers (Grades 6-12)

    This degree program leads to certification as a secondary school mathematics teacher and is intended for individuals holding a bachelor´s degree in mathematics or a related field with a strong mathematics background. Admission to the program requires completion of at least 2 semesters of calculus as well as passing or exempting GACE I. All certification requirements, including those that are not specifically part of the degree program (e.g., undergraduate courses) must be satisfied before the degree will be awarded.

    Educational Psychology: 3 hours

    Typically EPSY 6800 or EPSY 6060

    Curriculum and Instruction: 11-12 hours

    EMAT 6360 Teaching and Learning Secondary School Mathematics
    EMAT 7360 Secondary School Mathematics Field Experience
    EMAT 7080 Curriculum in Mathematics Education
    EMAT 6950 Professional Seminar in Teaching Mathematics

    Teaching Field: 6 approved courses in MATH, STAT, EMAT

    Examples include: MATH 6000, 6010, 7200, 7210, STAT 6070, 6210, 6220, EMAT 6450, 6550, 6650, 6500, 6600, 6680, 6690, 6700

    Note: As a general rule, MATH 7001, 7002, 7003, 7020, 7030, and 7035 cannot be used in the teaching field. Similarly, EMAT 6410, 6420, 6360, 7360, 7460, and 7700 generally cannot be used in the teaching field.

    Note: The total number of teaching field courses from the bachelor´s, masters, and courses taken for certification must be at least 17.

    Research: 3 hours

    Typically ERSH 6200, 6300, or 6600

    Field Experiences: 10 hours

    Each candidate must complete 10 hours of supervised field experience, either through student teaching (EMAT 7460) or an internship (EMAT 7700).

    Additional requirements:

    Written comprehensive exams must be passed.
    All candidates must meet certification requirements. These requirements may necessitate taking courses beyond those needed for the MAT (e.g., SPED 2000). See Alternative Certification for a list of these requirements.
    All candidates must obtain a passing score on GACE II test to be eligible to apply for certification.



    Specialist in Education Degree in Mathematics Education

    The Specialist in Education (Ed. S.) degree program in mathematics education shall consist of at least 9 courses, an applied project, and two units of seminar at the graduate level beyond the master's degree and the T-5 Certificate in mathematics. The program for each student should be planned as a logically organized whole, in the light of previous study, with all courses included in it being ones that hold promise of improving qualifications for mathematics teaching. No courses are to be included in a student's specialist degree program that are designed chiefly to give professional preparation for positions other than teaching and/or supervising mathematics.

    Each student's program should be planned in such a way that the master's program AND the specialist program together will satisfy the following minimum requirements.

    The Specialist in Education Degree program in mathematics education can be adapted for an option to coordinate study for the degree and preparation for the National Board Certification.

    * Normally included in the Master's degree.


    Doctor of Philosophy Degree

    The Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Mathematics Education requires depth of study in mathematics education, in mathematics, and in related fields as appropriate. Students are expected to Take EMAT 9630 and at least two of the following courses: EMAT 8010, EMAT 8020, and EMAT 8030. Students must meet all general requirements listed in the Graduate School Bulletin. A student's program of study must be approved by the major professor and the advisory committee.

    Participation in various aspects of the teacher education program in mathematics, gradually moving to a role of instructor of record.

    May use EMAT 9700 Internship or EMAT 9800; Practicum registration

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