About the Program
The 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 to provide working professionals, especially high school teachers, with an accessible degree program, which will allow them to complete a graduate degree in mathematics while maintaining their current employment. The degree is different from others offered in the area because of its delivery system and its targeted student population.
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 a dual credit programs in high schools.
Graduate Program Curriculum
The 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)
A suggested schedule for students pursuing 18-credit hours in mathematics for dual-credit credentialing is:
- 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)