OSRHE Program Code: 138
CIP Code: 131311
Major Code: 7710
(33 Semester Hours plus Capstone Experience)
The purpose of the program is to enable K-12 teachers to become highly qualified teachers of mathematics. The program requirements meet the needs of teachers who hold bachelor degrees in secondary mathematics, a science or engineering discipline, elementary education, early childhood education, or special education, and teachers who hold alternative certification. The program consists of four parts: Professional Education Core (15 hours), Mathematics Content Core (9 hours), Guided Electives (9 hours), and a Capstone Experience (2 hours). The Master of Education in Mathematics Education program is administered through the College of Science and Health Professions.
NSU’s educator preparation programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), www.caepnet.org, (1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036-1023, 202-223-0077), and the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability (840 Research Parkway, Suite 455, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, 405-522-5399), www.ok.gov/oeqa
Courses included in the Master of Education in Mathematics Education do not represent all courses needed for a Mathematics teaching certificate for the State of Oklahoma. As a prequisite for program admission, candidates must hold or be eligible to hold a standard teaching certificate or teaching license or be eligible for an alternative certification program with a plan of study for certification on file with NSU’s Office of Teacher Certification and the Graduate College.
Admission to the Program
All applicants to the M.Ed. in Mathematics Education must first be admitted to the Graduate College. The minimum requirements for regular admission to the Graduate College are:
- An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- Scores no more than five years old on either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
- A grade point average of at least 2.5 based on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate coursework attempted.
- Proof of citizenship for a U.S. citizen born outside of the United States and for a resident alien. An international applicant for whom English was their first language and is the spoken language in the home must sign a statement to that effect.
The following additional prerequisites to begin the M.Ed. in Mathematics Education program also apply:
- Have an earned grade point average of at least 3.0 based on a 4.0 system for the last 60 hours of coursework attempted at either the undergraduate or graduate level; or attain a raw score of 383 or more on the Miller Analogies Test; or attain a score of 288 (verbal plus quantitative) or more on the Graduate Record Examination.
- Hold or be eligible for a standard teaching certificate or teaching license or be eligible for an alternative certification program with a plan of study for certification on file with NSU’s Office of Teacher Certification and the Graduate College.
- Submit an essay addressing the individual’s personal and professional goals.
- Letters of recommendation may be required.
Admission decisions are based upon evaluation of all application materials submitted by the individual. An applicant who has not met admission requirements may be admitted for one semester on a tentative (temporary) basis. An applicant may continue in the program beyond the first enrollment only if admission requirements are met. Otherwise, any coursework completed may not apply in the program.
Note: These degrees are not structured for the purpose of initial teacher certification.
Admission to Candidacy
Students are eligible to be admitted to candidacy if they have:
- Completed all requirements for admission to the Graduate College.
- Been formally admitted to the Masters of Education Degree in Mathematics Education.
- Completed a minimum of 12 semester hours, or a maximum of 18 hours of the degrees as described by the plans of study.
- Satisfactorily completed EDUC 5103, Educational Research.
- Maintained a grade point average of at least 3.0 in all graduate coursework taken prior to candidacy.
- Completed academic requirements for a standard teaching certificate.
- Filed a plan of study (degree plan) approved by the advisor and the Dean of the Graduate College.
- Filed a Statement of Understanding, signed by the student and advisor, with the Graduate College.
Students are advised to meet candidacy requirements within the first 16 semester hours of their program. These requirements must be met within the first 24 semester hours. In any event, 16 semester hours toward the Master of Education degrees must be completed after being admitted to candidacy.
Upon admittance to the Graduate College an advisor is assigned to the student. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the faculty member and make an appointment for advisement to develop a degree plan. The advisor develops the plan of study and a Statement of Understanding in conference with the student, assists in the selection of classes each semester, and counsels the student as needed.
A maximum of nine semester hours of approved transfer credit may be applied toward the master’s degree. Students who wish to transfer credit applicable to a degree program at Northeastern State University must have maintained a “B” average in all graduate coursework attempted at the transferring institution. No credit will be given for a transfer course in which the grade is lower than a “B.”
All plans of study are valid for only six years with continuous enrollment. All graduate coursework must be completed within six years in order to be counted toward the degree.
- Complete an approved program in Mathematics Education.
- Possess a grade point average of at least 3.0 in all graduate work on the plan of study.
- Apply for the degree at the beginning of the semester of expected graduation.
- Satisfactorily complete an approved capstone experience 60 days before conferral of the degree.
A capstone experience is an academic activity that encourages the use of skills learned and knowledge gained in one or more areas of the field of study. It is a culminating experience that goes beyond the coursework required of the Master of Education degree and should be completed near the end of the student’s program. Capstone experiences for the Mathematics Education program will have a significant writing component and may include satisfactorily completing one of the following:
- A teaching portfolio that may be submitted for National Board Certification in a mathematics certification area.
- An applied research project, or action research project, on the student’s own mathematics teaching and a research paper discussing the project and its findings.
- A mathematics curriculum project that requires students to apply skills and knowledge acquired in the program.