Admission and Program Requirements

Admission to the program

To be admitted into the mathematics education graduate program, you must fulfill the requirements listed below:

  • Received an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Hold certification to teach secondary education. Students in education-related occupations or professions other than secondary school teaching which require licensing or certification by state or national boards may be recommended for admission. The student must complete any required prerequisite courses. Such courses do not count toward completion of the degree requirements.
  • Obtained a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale, OR at least a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of academic course work; OR have a combined score of 290 (875 under the old scoring system before August 1, 2011) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination.

Program requirements

Master of Science in Education, Secondary Education: Mathematics Area of Emphasis

Contact area of emphasis Dr. Gay Ragan.

Prerequisite Mathematics requirements 

  1. MTH 315 or equivalent; and
  2. MTH 302 or equivalent.

Mathematics requirements 

Students must take 15 hours of Mathematics courses for the emphasis area as follows.  

  1. MTH 710 Contemporary Mathematics for Secondary Teachers - 3 hrs
  2. Additional Course work in Mathematics - 12 hrs


Accelerated master's option

The accelerated master’s program option in Secondary Education, Mathematics provides an opportunity for outstanding undergraduate students to begin their graduate course work during their senior year. To be eligible to apply for admission to this program, the student must have completed MTH 302, MTH 333, and MTH 460; and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher in all mathematics courses numbered MTH 261 or higher. An eligible student may apply for admission during the second semester of the junior year. If accepted into the accelerated program, up to a maximum of 9 hours of coursework may be double counted in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Specifically the courses that can be double counted in both programs are MTH 603 and 631 and one from the list: MTH 611, MTH 636, MTH 640 and MTH 667. A student is fully admitted to the Graduate College upon completion of the requirements for the baccalaureate degree. All requirements for the master’s program should be met for graduation from the master’s program. Before enrolling in a course to be counted as both undergraduate and graduate credit and to count the course toward the masters degree, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated program and receive prior approval from the graduate program advisor, department head of the undergraduate program, and the dean of the Graduate college. Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the course(s). See the Graduate College for further information.

Master of Science in Education, Secondary Education: Natural Science Area of Emphasis

Contact area of emphasis advisor Dr. Georgianan Saunders.

Natural Science prerequisite and requirements

In this option, students complete a minimum of 15 hours with course work selected from two of the following disciplines:  Biology, Chemistry, Geography and/or Geology, Mathematics, and Physics.

A minimum of 3 hours of course work numbered 700 or above must be included.

The prerequisite requirements are those listed in the departmental statements of both selected academic areas of emphasis. 

  1. Courses from one of the above disciplines - 9 hrs
  2. Courses from a second of the above disciplines - 6 hrs

Total - 15 hrs