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Nationwide, mathematics educators are in notably high demand. At Fairleigh Dickinson University, the online Master of Arts in Mathematical Foundations degree prepares you to meet this need and go further in your teaching career.
The Master of Arts in Mathematical Foundations program is designed for elementary, middle school, and special education teachers who wish to teach math at the upper primary and middle school levels- even if they lack a mathematics background. The curriculum emphasizes pedagogical competence, technical proficiency, and cultural responsiveness to the needs of diverse learners. Taught by reflective practitioners who embrace the concept of lifelong learning, you’ll gain the hands-on skills you need to help students understand math concepts, solve problems, and build their academic capacities.
Key topics taught by the online master’s in math program include:
- Practical use of mathematics
- Application of mathematics to the sciences
- Probability and statistics
- Real-world problem solving
- Models of supervision and evaluation
- Student assessment
- Curriculum theory and practice
- Educational change and collaborative strategies
In addition, you can take up to 12 credits in supervision and learn how models of supervisory leadership and their practical application can help you in the next phase of your career. Depending on your state requirements, these courses may apply for your supervision license. Other elective options are available if you do not choose supervision as a career path.
For your convenience, the online masters in math education is taught fully online. This flexible format means you’ll never have to sacrifice classroom time with your students, and your coursework can be completed when and where it’s right for you. Because your degree fits around your work schedule, you can immediately apply your training to your career.
Courses and Requirements
The online M.A. in Mathematical Foundations is designed to help professional instructors become certified teachers of middle school mathematics. In a community of scholars, FDU helps participants master their abilities through advanced education.
- MATH 6507 World of Mathematics: Number
- MATH 6508 World of Mathematics: Algebra
- MATH 6509 World of Mathematics: Geometry
- MATH 6512 World of Mathematics: Seminar
- MATH 6513 World of Mathematics: Mathematics in Science
- MATH 6516 World of Mathematics: Data Analysis & Probability
- MATH 6517 World of Mathematics: Application in the Real World
Other courses may be substituted for the following with permission of your Mathematical Foundations advisor if you are not seeking to attain the NJDOE Supervisor Certificate.
- EDUC 6702 Curriculum & Instruction: Theory & Practice
- EDUC 6704 Change: Curriculum Development & Program Improvement
- EDUC 6703 Supervision of Instruction
- EDUC 6718 Curriculum, Program Evaluation and Student Assessment
Applicants to the online M.A. Mathematical Foundations program will need to submit the following:
- Graduate application form.
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate studies. Students must have earned a 3.0 GPA or higher.
- Two letters of recommendation. These should come from your immediate supervisor and your principal.
- State teacher examination scores, GRE scores or a copy of your state teaching certificate.