About the ProgramThe Department of Mathematical Sciences at Shawnee State University offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Mathematics. The focus of the program is the advanced study of mathematical concepts appropriate for those who want to teach college level mathematics either as an instructor at a community or technical college or as an adjunct instructor with a university. Candidates for the program may also be classroom teachers who want to be credentialed to teach dual credit math courses.
The purpose of the degree program is twofold: (1) to provide working professionals, especially high school teachers, with an accessible degree program that will allow them to complete a graduate degree in mathematics while maintaining their current employment; and, (2) to provide high school teachers with prior masters in a content area other than mathematical sciences to become qualified to teach dual-credit courses by completing 18-credit hours in their content area.
The program is not intended for those seeking state licensure to teach mathematics in grades 7-12, but is appropriate for those seeking credentialing to teach college-level mathematics courses as part of dual credit programs in high schools.
Graduate Program CurriculumThe curriculum of the Master of Science in Mathematics includes 36-hours of study across 5000- and 6000-level courses in mathematics, statistics, probability, and education research. The core of the degree consists of 27-hours of graduate level mathematics, statistics, and probability courses that are appropriate for those who wish to teach college level mathematics not requiring a doctoral degree. The remaining 9-hours focus on education research geared toward improving math education instruction and/or programs.
Students pursuing a master’s in mathematics and wish to complete their degree in approximately 2-years should consider the following schedule:
- Summer 1: Analysis I (3 credit hours); Number Theory (3 credit hours); and, Regression I (3 credit hours)
- Fall 1: Analysis II (3 credit hours); and, Quantitative Methods I (2 credit hours)
- Spring 1: Abstract Algebra I (3 credit hours); and, Quantitative Methods II (2 credit hours)
- Summer 2: Abstract Algebra II (3 credit hours); and, Regression II (3 credit hours)
- Fall 2: Foundations of Geometry (3 credit hours) and Education Research I (2 credit hours)
- Spring 2: Probability (3 credit hours) and Education Research II (2 credit hours)
- Summer 3: Education Research III (1 credit hour)
- Summer 1: Analysis I (3 credit hours) and Regression I (3 credit hours)
- Fall 1: Analysis II (3 credit hours)
- Spring 1: Abstract Algebra I (3 credit hours)
- Summer 2: Abstract Algebra II (3 credit hours) and Regression II (3 credit hours)