Mathematics Education

  • Credits: 33
  • Degree:
    Master of Education

Program Description

The Mathematics Education program prepares students to effectively teach mathematics at the secondary school level (8-12) in educational settings that do not require licensure. Students learn the concepts, language, and procedures of mathematics; and develop competence in mathematics and interest in applying it to the world around them. The program builds on the College’s successful student-centered curriculum that links theory and practice in a collaborative learning environment.

Learning Outcomes

Teacher candidates will understand and apply mathematical problem solving processes and construct rigorous mathematical arguments. They will understand how mathematics is best learned and taught, supporting positive attitudes towards the subject. They will make connections among ideas in mathematics and other fields. They will use varied representations of mathematical ideas to communicate mathematical thinking and deepen students’ understanding. They will embrace technology as an essential tool for mathematics. They will become proficient in computation; understand relationships among quantities, use measurement concepts and tools, spatial visualizations and geometric modeling. They will understand data analysis, statistics, and probability. They will also understand concepts, techniques and applications of the calculus and discrete mathematics.

Careers

The program is ideally suited for: a) adults who want to work with and help children learn the language of mathematics; b) current teachers who wish to add mathematics as a new subject area; c) those wishing to become National Board Certified mathematics teachers, mathematics coaches, mathematics specialists, and mathematics coordinators/directors; d) non-mathematics majors who wish to earn a highly qualified title to their academic experience to enhance and broaden their teaching careers; and e) career changers who wish to pursue a more meaningful career in working with children. Teachers of mathematics at all school levels remain in high demand nationally; and individuals coming from careers in business, engineering, finance and the military are often very successful in relating the importance of the mathematics they teach to the real world they have worked in for many years.

 

For more information, please contact Admissions at 1-800-829-4723.

Curriculum

Puerto Rico classroom instruction and coursework are in Spanish.


Professional Seminar and Project
9
Credits
Professional Seminar I: Mathematics (Initial)
EME 691N 2 credit(s)
The Professional Seminar is a signature element of the adult learning model at Cambridge College. It grounds learning in a cohort group of students with a faculty leader. The cohort studies professional issues in teaching mathematics, national standards and student achievement in mathematics. Students explore what they are learning, brainstorm about applications, and reinforce each other’s focus and enthusiasm as teachers. They integrate their learning from classes, workshops, and experience. Transformed by reflection, readings, and discussion, students become reflective practitioners and life-long learners.
Professional Seminar II: Mathematics (Initial)
EME 692N 2 credit(s)
The Professional Seminar is a signature element of the adult learning model at Cambridge College. It grounds learning in a cohort group of students with a faculty leader. The cohort studies professional issues in teaching mathematics, national standards and student achievement in mathematics. Students explore what they are learning, brainstorm about applications, and reinforce each other’s focus and enthusiasm as teachers. They integrate their learning from classes, workshops, and experience. Transformed by reflection, readings, and discussion, students become reflective practitioners and life-long learners.
Professional Seminar III: Mathematics (Initial)
EME 693N 2 credit(s)
The Professional Seminar is a signature element of the adult learning model at Cambridge College. It grounds learning in a cohort group of students with a faculty leader. The cohort studies professional issues in teaching mathematics, national standards and student achievement in mathematics. Students explore what they are learning, brainstorm about applications, and reinforce each other’s focus and enthusiasm as teachers. They integrate their learning from classes, workshops, and experience. Transformed by reflection, readings, and discussion, students become reflective practitioners and life-long learners.
Independent Learning Project: Mathematics Education
EME 800 3 credit(s)
The Independent Learning Project is a culminating learning experience that helps mathematics teachers to integrate their personal and formal learning and their professional experiences into a meaningful whole. It reflects the general guidelines for mathematics teachers and articulates the individual's educational and administrative philosophy. The project is research- and action-based, on a focused topic chosen by the student, within the area and level of licensure. It engages educators in sustained research into educational practice and curriculum development in mathematics; parts of the project may be implemented during the practicum.
Mathematics Courses (grades 8-12)
24
Credits
Calculus I
MAT 611 3 credit(s)
This course focuses on trigonometric and calculus concepts by providing numerical, graphical, and algebraic approaches for a clear understanding and mastering of the material. Course activities are placed in a context of real-world problems which enable students to create mathematical models that will help them understand the world in which they live. Major topics include: continuity, limits’ derivative of a function, anti-differentiation, definite integral, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Prerequisites: MAT 607 and MAT 609 or program chair’s approval.
Calculus II
MAT 631 3 credit(s)
This course begins with a thorough review of the Calculus I. It then proceeds to cover integration techniques in some depth. This will include integration-by-parts, u-substitution, and trigonometric-substitution. Power series and their applications are covered as well. Prerequisite: MAT 611.
Euclidian Geometry
MAT 609 3 credit(s)
This course emphasizes the fundamental ideas of Euclidean geometry with a focus on logic, observations, predictions, and conclusions. Significant geometric properties and concepts are explored through the systematic presentation of the axioms, definitions, constructions, and theorems of classical geometry. Major topics include: the foundations of geometry, direct proofing techniques, triangles, parallel lines, and polygons, right triangles and the Pythagorean theorem, circles, and solid geometry. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Number Theory
MAT 625 3 credit(s)
This course focuses on integers and their application in a technology-rich world. Major topics include: prime numbers, Diophantine equations, congruences, quadratic-residues, order of a number mod p, Fermat’s Little Theorem, Euler’s Theorem, and Gauss’s Lemma. Applications to check-digits and encryption covered as well. Prerequisite: MAT 611.
Abstract Algebra
MAT 627 3 credit(s)
This course focuses on why no formula solution to the quintic equation is possible by presenting all the concepts necessary for the construction of Galois Theory. This includes the study of finite groups, fields, and field extensions. Consideration is also given to various morphisms; as well a rings and integral domains. Some time is spent on classical algebra including exact solutions to the cubic and quartic polynomials. Prerequisite: MAT 607 or program chair’s approval.
Probability and Statistics
MAT 633 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT 613. This course focuses on how probability and statistics can reveal a more complete picture of the world, by emphasizing concepts and applications from a wide range of fields. Major topics include: concept of sample space; descriptive measures; probability and sampling distributions; estimation and hypothesis testing; analysis of variance; correlational analysis; regression analysis; experimental design; modeling; and decision criteria. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Applied Mathematics
MAT 635 3 credit(s)
This course focuses on major areas of applied mathematics. This includes matrix theory, differential equations and Fourier analysis. Under matrix theory, linear transformations and diagonalization are covered in some depth, and the Cayley-Hamilton Theorem is proved. Under differential equations, linear versions are explored using an operator approach which motivates development and application of Laplace transforms. Finally we cover Fourier series after an advanced review of trigonometry. Prerequisites: MAT 611 and MAT631 or program chair’s approval.
Assistive Technology: Modifying the Curriculum for Diverse Learners
ESP 615 3 credit(s)
How do we as educators implement the mandated requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that calls for assistive technology to be considered in each Individualized Education Program (IEP)? Candidates examine assistive technologies and the federal laws impacting the education of students with disabilities and investigate assistive technologies addressing seating and positioning, access to the technology, augmentative and alternative communication (low-tech and high-tech). Candidates examine curriculum modifications using technology, and software that addresses these modifications and individual learning styles. The course provides a comprehensive understanding of the various augmentative and alternative communications (AAC) methodologies, including the appropriate use of aids and devices. Course assignments connect assistive technologies to classroom practice.

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Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required for admission into non-licensure programs.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

School Requirements

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State Health Requirements

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form 

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.

 

Tuition

  • Credits:
    33
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $533
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $2,938 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of September 2017, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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