Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics
If you are a current high school teacher, or are aspiring to become one, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Mathematics may be a good choice for you. The M.A.T. is a flexible program and offers a combination of Mathematics and Education courses. Graduates interested in post-secondary teaching options will be qualified to teach full- or part-time in community colleges and in four-year colleges and universities and to teach dual-credit courses in high schools.
Depending on your interest and preparation, we offer two tracks through the program:
Track 1 - Leads to Teacher Certification
Track 1: If you have a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, and would like to earn a teaching license, Track 1 of our M.A.T. offers a combination of 18 credit hours of Mathematics, followed by a year-long intense teacher preparation program. This part of the program coincides with the Transition to Teaching program at IU East. The first part of the program (18 credits in Mathematics) may be completed online, but the Transition to Teaching program must be completed on-site. This part of the program includes intensive internships.
Track 2 - Professional Development for Teachers
Track 2: If you already have a teaching license, you may use the M.A.T. for the purpose of professional development. This track consists of an 18 credit hour core in Mathematics, and 18 credit hours of electives, at least half of which should be in Mathematics. The other half may be in Education.
Please review the application procedure for the program.
The curriculum for the program consists of a common core (18 credit hours of graduate course work in Mathematics). These courses must come from five areas in mathematics:
- Analysis (e.g., MATH-M 511, M 512, M 513, M 514)
- Algebra (e.g., MATH-M 501)
- Topology/Geometry (e.g., MATH-M 521, M 522)
- Applications (e.g., MATH-M 571)
- Probability/Statistics (e.g., MATH-M 563).
It should be noted that MATH-M 215 (Calculus I), MATH-M 216 (Calculus II), MATH-M 311 (Calculus III), MATH-M 393 (Bridge to Abstract Mathematics), MATH-M 303 (Linear Algebra), MATH-M 403 (Modern Algebra), and MATH-M 413 (Intro to Real Analysis) are prerequisites for most of these classes. Unless the student has taken M 393 recently or is familiar with standard proof techniques, he or she will be required to take this class prior to enrolling in any of the graduate-level classes. Some of the mathematics courses are also offered in an online format, which would be open to students of the proposed program.
Track 1: Licensure (18 credits)
Students who do not have a current teaching license are required to participate in the existing Transition to Teaching program of the Indiana University East School of Education. This program meets as a year-long cohort program, beginning in May of each year and includes an internship during Fall and Spring semesters at secondary schools. This program is separately accredited and is included here only for information purposes.
- EDUC-E 555 Human Diversity in Education
- EDUC-J 538 Practicum/Internship
- EDUC-P 510 Educational Psychology
- EDUC-K 500 Topical Exploration in Special Educ.
- EDUC-J 500 Instruction in the Context of Curriculum
- EDUC-S 503 Secondary Content Methods
- EDUC-J 538 Internship/Student Teaching (20 hours per week)
Track 2: Professional Development and Mathematics Focus (18 credits)
Students who already have a teaching license may choose the remaining courses in consultation with the Chair of the Mathematics Department. All elective courses must be at the graduate level, and students are expected to complete at least 50% of the available elective hours in Mathematics, and the remaining courses in Education.
Students will take a capstone seminar MATH-T 590 (Seminar for Mathematics Teachers) in their last year of the program. As part of the seminar, students will describe how they implemented a curricular change as a result of their coursework in mathematics and education.
Sample Degree Plan
Year 1 (Mathematics Core)
This part of the curriculum is the same for both tracks. The core consist of 18 graduate credit hours in Mathematics. We will customize your degree plan, so that there is a seamless transition between your undergraduate studies in Mathematics and your graduate coursework. The Mathematics courses in this program may be taken online.
* Students in Track I should complete the Pearson test early in the Spring semester in order to be able to continue into the Transition to Teaching Program
** All students must take MATH-T 590 Seminar for Mathematics Teachers (3 cr). This course is available every semester, upon request.
Year 2 - Track 1
Students who seek to earn licensure as a teacher will take the courses in the Transition to Teaching Program, beginning in Summer of their final year. This program is cohort based, and entering the program is only possible in summers. Students must have passed the PRAXIS II test before beginning this part of the program. The Transition to Teaching program is a very intensive one-year program. It requires that you participate in internships in student teaching.
Summer, Fall and Spring:
Transition to Teaching Seminars and Internships (total of 18 cr. hrs.)
Year 2 - Track 2:
Students in track 2 complete the 18 credit hours of elective courses in the program, half in mathematics and half in education. This part of the program is highly customizable. A selection of possible elective classes is available online. Depending on availability of courses, you may also engage in teaching at the college level, and earn credit for an internship.
EDUC-J 511 Differentiated Instruction
EDUC-P 507 Assessment in Schools
The application for this program must be turned in by April 1st for summer, August 1st for fall, and January 1st for spring.