Feb 27, 2021  
2018-19 NSU Graduate Catalog 
2018-19 NSU Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Mathematics Education, M.Ed.

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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.

Specialty Accreditation

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

Credential Requirements

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:

  1. An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Scores no more than five years old on either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  3. A grade point average of at least 2.5 based on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate coursework attempted.
  4. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Submit an essay addressing the individual’s personal and professional goals.
  4. 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:

  1. Completed all requirements for admission to the Graduate College.
  2. Been formally admitted to the Masters of Education Degree in Mathematics Education.
  3. Completed a minimum of 12 semester hours, or a maximum of 18 hours of the degrees as described by the plans of study.
  4. Satisfactorily completed EDUC 5103, Educational Research.
  5. Maintained a grade point average of at least 3.0 in all graduate coursework taken prior to candidacy.
  6. Completed academic requirements for a standard teaching certificate.
  7. Filed a plan of study (degree plan) approved by the advisor and the Dean of the Graduate College.
  8. 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.

Transfer Credit

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.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete an approved program in Mathematics Education.
  2. Possess a grade point average of at least 3.0 in all graduate work on the plan of study.
  3. Apply for the degree at the beginning of the semester of expected graduation.
  4. Satisfactorily complete an approved capstone experience 60 days before conferral of the degree.

Capstone Experience

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:

  1. A teaching portfolio that may be submitted for National Board Certification in a mathematics certification area.
  2. 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.
  3. A mathematics curriculum project that requires students to apply skills and knowledge acquired in the program.

Structure of the Degree Plan

The Professional Education Core is required for all graduates and provides a strong core of knowledge and skills that are necessary for professional teachers. The advisor will assess teacher knowledge and skills in consultation with the teacher and determine the remaining coursework for the degree plan. Below are two sample courses of study. One is for an Elementary Education major who is a middle school mathematics teacher and the other is for a high school mathematics teacher who has a strong mathematics background.

Middle School Mathematics Teacher with Elementary Education Degree

In most cases the teacher, unless he or she has taken additional mathematics courses, would benefit from additional mathematics content. A typical degree plan would include 18 hours of additional mathematics content, nine hours from the Mathematics Content Core and nine hours from the Guided Electives. These courses include Algebra and Functions, Technology in Mathematics, Geometry and Measurement, Data Analysis and Probability, Number Systems, and Rate of Change and teach the competencies in the Framework for the Middle Level/ Intermediate Mathematics Oklahoma Subject Area Test using reform based methods. The capstone experience is completed near the end of the course of study. (Note that this plan would also be appropriate for elementary teachers who wish to become mathematics specialists.)

High School Mathematics Teacher with Strong Mathematics Background

Students with strong mathematics backgrounds may choose nine hours of coursework from Mathematics Content Core designed to provide more rigorous math content course experiences.  These courses may include: Modern Algebra: Groups, Elementary Number Theory, Statistical Inference, Vector Analysis, and History of Mathematics. They will also choose nine hours of additional coursework from the Guided Electives list with the approval of their advisor. The capstone experience is completed near the end of the course of study. The program credit requirements are summarized below.

Summary of Graduate Credits Required for M.Ed. in Mathematics Education Plan of Study for M.Ed. in Mathematics Education

(33 hours plus 2 hour Capstone Experience)

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