Master of Arts in Mathematics Education
The Master of Arts in Mathematics Education online degree program at Aurora University is designed to introduce teachers to The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and the mathematical practices associated with them. This program trains students to develop and implement a curriculum based on these standards and deepens the participants' understanding of mathematical concepts and the connections among the various branches so they are coherently understood through the K-12 spectrum. The content courses are designed to increase the participants' self-efficacy with higher level mathematics and enhance their teaching with additional content depth. Each course seamlessly integrates teaching methods and content, and emphasizes the pedagogy of the particular course content. The program trains participants to implement acquired knowledge in their own classroom by emphasizing the creation of new lesson plans based on the CCSS. The program increases teacher confidence and helps prepare them to become leaders and advocates for mathematics and science education in their own school and district.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: 37 semester hours, including 1 semester hour of required field experience.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants should hold a current teaching certificate or license and an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher from a regionally accredited institution. Additional admission requirements include a resume or curriculum vita, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation and transcripts noting bachelor’s degree completion. The GRE is not required for admission.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Students nationwide are in an educational deficit, ranking far behind most other developed countries in the fields of math (25) and science (17). School systems across the country are looking to bolster academic achievement levels by hiring qualified, master’s-level educators that specialize in math and science. A Business-Higher Education Forum report suggests that the United States will need an estimated 280,000 math and science teachers by 2015 to become competitive in the global economy.
While overall career growth for post-secondary teachers remains stagnant through the next decade, math and science teachers are seeing tremendous growth as school systems nationwide look to bolster their students’ academic achievement level. Many local and state governments are looking to increase education spending and incentives in the near future for targeted hiring in the math and science areas.