M.S. in Ed Mathematics Courses

The WOU Mathematics Department offers the following graduate level courses to satisfy the required 21 credits of course work for the "Interest or New Endorsement Area" of a M.S. in Ed degree from the Education Department at WOU.

The Basic Mathematics
portion of the M.S. in Ed is designed
to increase a teacher's knowledge
of mathematics as a preparation
for taking Basic Mathematics exam.
All classes are designed with
the practicing middle school teacher
in mind and feature hands-on and
active classroom experiences with
the appropriate use of technology
and mathematical models.

**Prerequisite policies
**The "Consent of instructor" prerequisite option for course enrollment will require demonstrated background in mathematics success. If you are a graduate student enrolled at WOU and do not have the prerequisite coursework listed below, but have other mathematics background, please see one of the advisor listed below to discuss your options.

**Graduate Grading Criteria
**Graduate students enrolled in a 589 - 599 course which is run concurrently with a 300 or 400 level course will be required to do work beyond what is required of undergraduate students in the corresponding course. Graduate students will be asked to do at least one of the following, depending on the course, as specified on the course syllabus.

- A final project researching an elementary or middle school level mathematics topic and a paper which includes a lesson plan for that topic.
- Additional problems on midterm and final exams.
- Additional problems or assignments for homework.

**Comprehensive Exams / Thesis or Professional Project **

Students pursuing a M.S. in Ed with a Mathematics content core can take written comprehensive exams or, under the supervision of an College of Education faculty member, write a thesis or professional project as an exit requirement. Mathematics faculty are not available for M.S. in Ed thesis supervision.

**Advisors**

**Courses Offered**

**MTH 589**** Algebraic Structures for Middle School Teachers (3)**

The study of integers and algebraic skills; solving linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, functions, graphing and complex numbers. Connection of visual methods (using Math in the Mind's Eye curriculum and materials) to the NCTM standards with extensive use of group activities and hands-on models.

**MTH 591**** Historical Topics in Mathematics for Middle School Teachers** **(3)**

A survey of the historical development of topics in mathematics from ancient to modern times, with special emphasis on topics in arithmetic, algebra and informal geometry. Applications to middle school mathematics.

**MTH 592**** Abstract Algebra for Middle School Teachers (3)**

An introduction to abstract mathematics as a structured mathematical systems. This course will explore number sets and properties, and beginning group theory with concrete applications for the elementary and middle school classroom. Prerequisite: MTH 396 with a grade of C- or better or consent of instructor. Does not apply toward math major.

**MTH 593**** Experimental Probability & Statistics for** **Middle School Teachers (3**)**
**The study of data collection and hypothesis testing through laboratory experiments, simulations and applications. The use of technology will be an important part of the data collection and analysis. Prerequisite: MTH 212 with a grade of C- or better or consent of instructor. Does not apply toward a math major/minor.

**MTH 594**** Geometry for Middle School Teachers (3)
**Selected topics in informal geometry through the use of discovery and technology. The studies in how students learn geometry will be used in the development of geometric ideas. Students may not take both MTH 394 and MTH 494 for their undergraduate program. Does not apply toward a math major/minor. Two hours of lecture plus two hours lab. Prerequisite: MTH 396 with a grade of C- or better, or consent of instructor.

**MTH 595**** Calculus Concepts for Middle School Teachers (3)
**An introduction to the theory of functions of one real variable, the derivative and it's applications to optimization, integration theory and its applications to areas and volumes, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and infinite series. A hands on approach with applications to the middle school curriculum. Does not apply to math major/minor. Prerequisite: MTH 392 or MTH 111 with a grade of C- or better, or consent of instructor.

**MTH 596**** Problem Solving for Middle School Teachers (3) **

Assists middle school teachers in becoming better mathematical problem solvers. Focuses on general problem solving techniques, introduces materials helpful in improving student problem solving abilities, and suggests ways to organize the curriculum to achieve problem solving goals. Does not apply toward a math major/minor. Prerequisite: MTH 213 with a grade of C- or better in MTH 211, 212 and 213 or consent of instructor.

**MTH 597**** Discrete Mathematics for Middle School Teachers (3)**

In this course we will explore the topics of logical operators and sets, experimental vs. theoretical probability, the multiplication rule, permutations and combinations, and an introduction to graph theory. Prerequisite: MTH 213 with a grade of C- or better in MTH 211, 212 and 213, or consent of instructor.

**MTH 599**** Algebraic Problem Solving for Middle School Teachers (3)**

Assists middle school teachers in becoming better mathematical problem solvers. Focuses on algebraic problem solving techniques, introduces materials helpful in improving student problem solving abilities, and suggests ways to organize the curriculum to achieve problem solving goals. Does not apply toward a math major/minor. Prerequisite: MTH 213 with a grade of C- or better in MTH 211, 212 and 213 or consent of instructor.

Contact

Mathematics Department **(503) 838-8465** | or **e-mail:** pricesl@wou.edu