MST Secondary School Mathematics for Teachers Holding an Illinois License

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The purpose of the Master of Science in Teaching Mathematics (MST) option for licensed secondary teachers is to strengthen the preparation of mathematics teachers in secondary schools. This program is designed to provide courses in mathematics education that enhance the qualification of experienced teachers.

For admission to this program, students should have the equivalent to a UIC undergraduate major in mathematics. The GRE is not required. Other applicants will be required to take appropriate courses to make up for any deficiencies in their mathematical preparation.

For the degree, candidates 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. 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 following courses will be completed:

Required Courses

  • Advanced Euclidean Geometry (MTHT 411)
  • Math Analysis for Teachers I (MTHT 430)
  • Introduction to Higher Geometry (MTHT 510)
  • Mathematical Analysis for Teachers II (MTHT 530)
  • Abstract Algebra (MTHT 435)

The above courses are mandatory in case they are not included in an undergraduate program. For more information on these courses have a look at the course descriptions section below. Substitutions may be possible with the approval of an advisor.

Elective Courses

Obtain at least 12 semester hours (usually 3 courses) of graduate credit in adviser-approved courses in mathematics. Topics should cover a variety of areas and 4 semester hours (usually 1 course) should be at the 500 level.

For more information

Always consult your adviser when you have questions. In addition, consult your Graduate Catalog and the current UIC Schedule of Classes for more complete details regarding degree programs.


Course Descriptions for Required Courses

MTHT 411 Advanced Euclidean Geometry
Axioms for Euclidean geometry are developed based upon reflections. Further concepts in Euclidean geometry that arise from these axioms are explored.
MTHT 430 Mathematical Analysis for Teachers I
Basic properties of numbers, functions, graphs, limits, continuity, completeness of the system of real numbers.
MTHT 435 Abstract Algebra
Sets, properties of integers, groups, rings, fields.
MTHT 510 Introduction to Higher Geometry
Projective geometry, as an extension of Euclidean geometry, treated synthetically and/or algebraically. Desargues' and Pappus' theorems, subgeometries, conics and the underlying skew field.
MTHT 530 Mathematical Analysis for Teachers II
Derivatives, inverse functions, Riemann integral, trigonometric functions, logarithmic and exponential functions.
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