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Are you ready to take the next step as a mathematics teacher? Can you picture yourself becoming a leader among your fellow mathematics teachers?

The master of arts in education in mathematics education has something for the mathematics teacher at any level. Students may choose to concentrate at the elementary, middle grades, or high school level. Regardless of the level, students take mathematics courses designed for that particular concentration level as well as courses beyond the concentration level. Students in the elementary concentration add mathematics to their elementary license and also add masters-level middle grades mathematics. Students in the middle grades and high school concentrations also add masters-level licensure at their level.

Elementary mathematics and middle-grades mathematics programs are offered in a totally distance education format. The high-school concentration is offered in conjunction with the Department of Mathematics, and although the mathematics courses are offered on campus, all other course work is done in an online format. With several new faculty hires, the mathematics area boasts a large and talented group of professionals, with a blend of new and experienced professors.

The 36-hour MAEd is typically completed in two years by part-time graduate students who are full-time teachers, but can be done at a slower pace for those with extremely hectic schedules. Faculty work hard to help students develop into a professional network of mathematics educators. Many program graduates use the master's degree work as a springboard to National Board Certification.

ECU Advantage

ECU boasts the only MAEd in mathematics education in the state with concentrations for elementary, middle school, and high-school mathematics. This newly revised program offers a number of attractive features for the busy professional. It is designed to be done as a part-time student while teaching full-time.

Specific mathematics education courses are offered online during the academic year while MAEd students are teaching their K-12 students. This allows the program to use the classroom as a laboratory for testing ideas, for piloting national and international assessment items, and for performing action research. Further, these online courses allow the graduate student to realize significant cost savings, transportation costs and on-campus student fees are eliminated, providing the student a much more economical degree program.

What You Will Study

MSITE Director of Students: Ron Preston (352-E Flanagan Building; 252-328-9355; prestonr@ecu.edu)Program Coordinator: Awaku Adu Gyamfi (321 Flanagan Building; 252-321-9369; adugwamfik@ecu.edu)

The MAEd in mathematics education is designed for a teacher whose primary teaching assignment is in K-12 mathematics. The degree consists of three concentrations: elementary, middle school, and high school. For each graduate student, the selection of a concentration will be made in consultation with a mathematics education advisor and will be based on a student's prior education and future career plans. Prior teaching experience is not necessary for admission to this program, but certification to teach is required for admission. Admission materials must include a letter of recommendation from someone aware of the applicant's performance or potential as a classroom teacher.

Degree Requirements

Minimum degree requirement is 36 s.h. of credit.

    1. Common core - 15 s.h.
    • EDUC 6001 - Introduction to Differences in Human Learning in Schools

    • MATE 6200 - Mathematics Assessment for the Classroom Teacher or
    • MATE 6062 - Geometry and Spatial Visualization: K-5 Assessment *

    • MATE 6206 - Leadership in Mathematics Education or
    • MATE 6063 - Mathematical Modeling: K-5 Leadership *

    • MATE 6211 - Research in Mathematics Education
    • MATE 6400 - Capstone Project in Mathematics Education
    • Note:

      * Students who wish to obtain the elementary mathematics education specialist certificate must take MATE 6062 and MATE 6063.

      2. Concentration areas - 21 s.h.

      (Choose one.)

        Elementary concentration (Grades K – 6) - 21s.h.:
          Mathematics for K–6 teachers - 12 s.h.

          Students will take the following 4 courses to develop expertise in grades K – 6 mathematics:

          • MATE 6058 - Number Systems and Operations: K-5 Mathematical Tasks
          • MATE 6059 - Rational Numbers and Operations: K-5 Learning Trajectories
          • MATE 6060 - Data Analysis and Measurement: K-5 Classroom Interactions
          • MATE 6061 - Algebraic Reasoning: K-5 Discourse and Questioning
          Mathematics for K–12 teachers - 9 s.h.

          Students will take 3 of the following courses to develop a broader view of K – 12 mathematics. Other courses might be acceptable; please consult with your advisor

          • MATE 6120 - Geometry for Teachers
          • MATE 6130 - Statistics and Probability for Teachers
          • MATE 6140 - Functions and Analysis for Teachers I
          • MATE 6331 - Reasoning with Number and Algebra
          • MATE 6341 - Teaching and Learning of Geometry
          • MATE 6351 - Data Analysis and Probability in the Middle Grades
          • MATE 6361 - Measurement Across the Curriculum
          • MATE 6371 - Teaching and Learning of Algebra
          • MATE 6391 - Teaching with Mathematical Modeling
        Middle School concentration (Grades 6–9) - 21 s.h.:
          Mathematics for 6–9 teachers - 12 s.h.

          Students will take 4 of the following courses to develop expertise in grades 6 – 9 mathematics; other courses might be acceptable; please consult with your advisor:

          • MATE 6331 - Reasoning with Number and Algebra
          • MATE 6341 - Teaching and Learning of Geometry
          • MATE 6351 - Data Analysis and Probability in the Middle Grades
          • MATE 6361 - Measurement Across the Curriculum
          • MATE 6371 - Teaching and Learning of Algebra
          • MATE 6391 - Teaching with Mathematical Modeling
          Mathematics for K–12 teachers - 9 s.h.

          Students will take 3 of the following courses to develop a broader view of K – 12 mathematics. Other courses might be acceptable; please consult with your advisor:

          • MATE 6058 - Number Systems and Operations: K-5 Mathematical Tasks
          • MATE 6059 - Rational Numbers and Operations: K-5 Learning Trajectories
          • MATE 6060 - Data Analysis and Measurement: K-5 Classroom Interactions
          • MATE 6061 - Algebraic Reasoning: K-5 Discourse and Questioning
          • MATE 6062 - Geometry and Spatial Visualization: K-5 Assessment
          • MATE 6063 - Mathematical Modeling: K-5 Leadership
          • MATE 6120 - Geometry for Teachers
          • MATE 6130 - Statistics and Probability for Teachers
          • MATE 6140 - Functions and Analysis for Teachers I
          • MATE 6331 - Reasoning with Number and Algebra
          • MATE 6341 - Teaching and Learning of Geometry
          • MATE 6351 - Data Analysis and Probability in the Middle Grades
          • MATE 6361 - Measurement Across the Curriculum
          • MATE 6371 - Teaching and Learning of Algebra
          • MATE 6391 - Teaching with Mathematical Modeling
        High School concentration (Grade 9–12) - 21 s.h.:
          Mathematics for 9–12 teachers - 12 s.h.

          Students will take 4 of the following courses. Other courses might be acceptable; please consult with your advisor:

          • MATH 5021 - Theory of Numbers I
          • MATH 5031 - Applied Statistical Analysis
          • MATH 5064 - Introduction to Modern Algebra II
          • MATH 5101 - Advanced Calculus I
          • MATH 5102 - Advanced Calculus II
          • MATH 5110 - Elementary Complex Variables
          • MATH 5121 - Numerical Analysis in One Variable
          • MATH 5131 - Deterministic Methods in Operations Research
          • MATH 5132 - Probabilistic Methods in Operations Research
          • MATH 5551 - The Historical Development of Mathematics
          • MATH 5774 - Programming for Research
          • MATH 5801 - Probability Theory
          • MATH 6001 - Matrix Algebra
          • MATH 6150 - Graph Theory
          • MATH 6251 - Advanced Placement Mathematics for Secondary Teachers I
          • MATH 6651 - Introduction to Topology
          Mathematics for K-12 teachers - 9 s.h.

          Students will take 3 of the following courses to develop a broader view of K – 12 mathematics. Other courses might be acceptable; please consult with your advisor:

          • MATE 6110 - Algebra and Number Theory for Teachers
          • MATE 6120 - Geometry for Teachers
          • MATE 6130 - Statistics and Probability for Teachers
          • MATE 6140 - Functions and Analysis for Teachers I
          • MATE 6150 - Functions and Analysis for Teachers II
          • MATE 6331 - Reasoning with Number and Algebra
          • MATE 6341 - Teaching and Learning of Geometry
          • MATE 6351 - Data Analysis and Probability in the Middle Grades
          • MATE 6361 - Measurement Across the Curriculum
          • MATE 6371 - Teaching and Learning of Algebra
          • MATE 6391 - Teaching with Mathematical Modeling
      3. Other requirements
        Capstone experience:

        The capstone experience (MATE 6400) will consist of an action research project and assignments modeled on the National Board Professional Teaching Standards portfolio. This will allow graduate students to show knowledge of and skills in the use of appropriate materials, pedagogy, and technology in mathematics education.

          School-based experience:

          Teaching experience at the K-12 level is not mandatory for admittance to the MAEd program. However, for the graduate student not teaching at the pre-college level, some of the course work will require a practicum with an approved school.

        For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

        Careers With This Degree

        Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

        • Mathematics Teacher Education
        • Education Teachers, Postsecondary
        • Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
        • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
        • Mathematics Teacher Education

        Career Opportunities

        ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

        NC Tower

        This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

        • Self-employed;
        • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
        • Work outside of North Carolina.

        US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

        This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

        Degree-specific internships

        For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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