Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Mathematics Education

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Admission to Program

Admission to the Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Mathematics Education is based upon:

  1. GPA of 3.0 in the undergraduate degree or last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted to include credential courses.
  2. Possession of a single subject teaching credential.
  3. At least two years’ experience teaching mathematics in a secondary classroom.
  4. Evidence of written English proficiency.
  5. An interview with the graduate coordinator and/or other graduate advisors.

An applicant that has not met the requirements above may meet with a mathematics education advisor to evaluate the applicant’s academic and professional background.

Admission to the graduate program is a two-part process that should be completed simultaneously:

  1. Apply to the University through CSU Mentor for Graduate Programs Follow all other requirements for admission to the University by accessing
  2. Complete a department application. Include two letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s ability to pursue graduate-level work, successful experience teaching adolescents, and a written Statement of Purpose of about 750 words, which explains the applicant’s goals for pursuing the degree, and readiness based on academic and professional preparation and disposition as a student.
  3. Submit all transcripts to the Department of Secondary Education, and the Graduate Studies Division.
  4. Send other requested materials to the Department of Secondary Education.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One

Written English Proficiency will be assessed based on the Personal Statement, submitted to the department as part of the application.

Applicants admitted conditionally or not meeting stated written English proficiency standards must meet Level One written English proficiency by completing the literature review assignment and S ED 761 with a grade of B or better by the end of the second semester of enrollment and prior to advancing to level two.

Level Two

Writing proficiency will be assessed based on the quality of the Field Study Report or Thesis submitted as the Culminating Experience, E ED 895/S ED 895 or E ED 898/S ED 898. All students in the program must complete an 895 or 898 project.

Education (M.A.): Concentration in Mathematics Education  — Minimum 30 units

Mathematics Courses (9 units)

Units selected from upper division or graduate mathematics courses with advisor approval.

Select three of the following:
MATH 324Probability and Statistics with Computing3
MATH 325Linear Algebra3
MATH 350Geometry3
MATH 475Capstone Course for Secondary Teachers of Mathematics3
MATH 575Mathematics in the Middle School Classroom3
MATH 576Math in Middle Schools II3
MATH 577Math in Middle School III3
MATH 578Mathematics in the High School3

Education Courses (12 units)

S ED 761School Mathematics: Problem Solving3
S ED 796Analyzing Cases of Mathematical Teaching3
S ED 856Assessing Mathematical Thinking3
S ED 807Leadership Development in Mathematics Education3

Core Courses (6 units)

ISED 797Seminar in Educational Research3
S ED 895Field Study3

Graduate Level Elective (3 units)

To be determined in consultation with advisor

Culminating Experience

Early in the semester prior to enrollment in either S ED 895 or S ED 898, the student must submit the Advancement to Candidacy (ATC), the Proposal for Culminating Experience, and the Human Subjects Protocol forms. Enrollment in these courses is contingent upon approval.