Master of Science in Teaching Secondary School Mathematics for Students Seeking Licensure

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The purpose of the Master of Science in Teaching Mathematics (MST) option for students seeking licensure is to prepare students to successfully teach mathematics at the secondary level. This program is designed so that students, in particular those switching careers, can both obtain the MST degree and fulfill the requirements for an Illinois secondary school teaching license.

For admission to this program, students should have a background comparable to the coursework listed in the admission requirements. Other applicants will be required to take appropriate courses to make up for any deficiencies in their mathematical preparation. The GRE is not required. Some full-time MST students may hold teaching assistantships.

Applicants need to have taken and passed the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency or have a composite ACT Plus Writing score of at least 22 within the past 10 yrs.

For the degree, students are required to earn 32 semester hours of adviser-approved graduate credit, with at least 12 semester hours of work completed at the 500 level. Additional classes carrying 38 hours of credit are required for certification. Many of the courses are offered in the late afternoon and early evening. Some courses are also offered during the summer. At the conclusion of the program, the student should have completed 70 credit hours. An overview of the distribution of those credits among the main course classifications is shown in the table below.

Field Hours
Admission Requirements 22
Higher level courses 32
Teaching courses 20
Education / Instruction courses 18

Substitutions may be possible with the approval of an advisor. For further details on the distribution of credit hours in each field, please have a look at the details section below.

As part of the program, one full semester of supervised student teaching in a secondary school is required for certification. The candidate registers for MTHT 438 and 439 during that semester. For further information, see the Council on Teacher Education's Student Handbook and Secondary Student Teaching Handbook.

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Always consult your adviser when you have questions. In addition, consult your Graduate Catalog and the current UIC Timetable for more complete details regarding degree programs. For details regarding licensure, consult your adviser for the latest information. Licensure is subject to the most recent legislation and regulations (i.e., there is no 'grandfathering').


Details on the distribution of credit hours in each field

Admission Requirements

The core of the admission requirements is shown in the table below:

Calculus I MATH 180 5 hours
Calculus II MATH 181 5 hours
Calculus III MATH 210 3 hours
Introduction to Advanced Math MATH 215 3 hours
Abstract Algebra MATH 330 3 hours

Moreover, the student has to complete a 3-hour course in Linear Algebra; either MATH 310 or MATH 320.

Please consult the graduate catalog pertaining to your term of admission for earlier degree requirements.

Higher level courses in MTHT, MATH, MSCS, and STAT

The core of the 16 out of the 32 credit hours that are needed in the higher level courses in MTHT, MATH, MSCS, and STAT are shown in the table below:

Math Analysis for Teachers I MTHT 430 4 hours
Advanced Euclidean Geometry MTHT 411 4 hours
Introduction to Higher Geometry MTHT 510 4 hours
Math Analysis for Teachers II MTHT 530 4 hours

Among the remaining 16 credit hours, the student has to satisfy 4 hours by completing either Linear Algebra II (MATH 425) or Abstract Algebra (MTHT 435). The remaining 12 credit hours can be satisfied by 3 courses (4 credit hours each) in MTHT, MATH, MSCS, or STAT. Note that one of those 3 courses has to be a 500-level course.

Teaching Courses

The 20 credit hours directly related to teaching that have to be satisfied by the end of the program are the following:

Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics I MTHT 400 4 hours
Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics II MTHT 401 4 hours
Educational Practice with Seminar I MTHT 438 6 hours
Educational Practice with Seminar II MTHT 439 6 hours

Note that MTHT 400 and 401 should be taken in the two semesters immediately preceding student teaching (in any order). MTHT 401 Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics II Includes 20 hours of field experience. All courses listed are required for licensure. The Methods courses are not counted towards a student's Math GPA.

Education and Instruction Courses

The student has to complete 18 credit hours with courses focusing on education and instruction. The core of these courses is shown in the table below:

Survey Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities SPED 410 3 hours
Instruction and Evaluation in Secondary Education ED 432 5 hours
Secondary Literacy CI 504 4 hours

Note that ED 432 is to be taken in the semester immediately preceding Student Teaching (MTHT 438 and MTHT 439).

The remaining 6 credit hours should be covered by two 3-hour courses. The first one has to be one of the

  • ED 402 Philosophy of Education, or
  • ED 403 Policy Issues in the History of American Education

while the second one has to be one of the

  • ED 421 Advanced Educational Psychology, or
  • ED 445 Adolescence and the Schools
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