Mathematics Teacher


The Mathematics for Secondary School Teachers (MSST) specialization provides a Master of Science degree in Mathematics for mathematics teachers who wish to enhance their practice by deepening their understanding of mathematics and mathematics education beyond bachelor's level.

Course of Study

MSST candidates follow an individualized course of study prepared in cooperation with the student's adviser and approved by the MSCS Graduate Committee, following one of the two options.

Plan A
24 semester hours of course work
thesis (for 6 credits)

Plan B
30 semester hours of course work
10-20 page essay

Under Plan A, a thesis and 24 semester hours are required. The thesis must be an original contribution to the discipline for which six hours of credit are normally given. At least 12 of those semester hours must be taken at the graduate level (6000 course number or above). Plan B requires a 10-20 page essay that demonstrates the candidate's ability to analyze and synthesize a particular area of research or professional practice, and 30 semester hours of course work, at least 15 of which must be taken at the graduate level (6000 course number or above). The remaining courses may be selected from among those undergraduate courses that are eligible for graduate credit. Students will automatically enter under Plan B and will need to consult with their adviser and the Graduate Committee if they wish to transfer to Plan A. Provided approval is obtained from the Graduate Committee your program may incorporate a limited number of courses from other departments, including psychology, education or science courses.

The MSST specialization requires successful completion of MSCS 5300 and either MSCS 6953 or 6954. No foreign language is required.

The MSCS Department is committed to serving teachers and provides a generous number of mathematics courses in the late afternoon or evening as well as some summer courses to accommodate teachers' work schedules.*

Four Year Rotation of Courses
Mathematics for Secondary School Teachers (MSST)

Rotation Number Semester Course Number and Name* Possible Alternate Course**
R1 Fall 2014 MSCS 5420 Foundations of Geometry  
R2 Spring 2015 MSCS 5300 History of Mathematical Ideas MSCS 5030 Concepts in Geometry and Calculus from an Advanced Standpoint (every odd spring) prereq: Foundations of Geometry
R3 Summer 2015 MSCS 6953 Seminar in Mathematics Curriculum Development and Material EDPL 6450 Theories of Learning Applied to Instruction
R4 Fall 2015 MSCS 5120 Abstract Algebra 1 MSCS 5020 The teaching of Mathematics (every odd fall)
R5 Spring 2016 MSCS 5320 Theory of Numbers MSCS 5040 Concepts in High School Algebra and Number Theory from an Advanced Standpoint (every even spring) prereq: Abstract Algebra
R6 Summer 2016 EDPL 6440/8440 Foundations of Curriculum Planning  
R7 Fall 2016 MSCS 6030 Applied Mathematical Analysis MSCS 6010 Probability
R8 Spring 2017 MSCS 6040 Applied Linear Algebra  
R9 Summer 2017 MSCS 5720 Statistical Methods  
R10 Fall 2017 MSCS 6010 Probability MSCS 6030 Applied Mathematical Analysis
R11 Spring 2018 MSCS 5040 Concepts in High School Algebra and Number Theory from an Advanced Standpoint (prereq: Abstract Algebra)  
R1-R11 Fall 2018 - Spring 2022 Repeat the rotation Repeat the rotation

*Fall and spring courses in this column are guaranteed to be offered in the late afternoon or evening. Summer courses will run only with sufficient enrollment. Students must take at least five courses numbered 6000 or above.
**Courses in this column may or may not be available in late afternoon or evening.

Program Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program of study, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of an area of mathematics (e.g., algebra, analysis, geometry) and a mathematics-related area that has implications for teaching (e.g., mathematics curriculum, learning theory, history of mathematics, philosophy of mathematics), and the connections between the two.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to apply the knowledge from learning outcome #1 to the classroom.

All applications to the Mathematics for Secondary School Teachers program are handled by the Marquette University Graduate School. Please visit their site for information on applying.



Summer Research Experience

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science hosts a Summer Research Experience (REU) for Undergraduates. This program provides undergraduates with an intensive, faculty-mentored, summer research experience in the areas of applied mathematics, high-performance computing, statistics, ubiquitous systems and mathematics education. Learn more