Mathematics Education
MA
Application Deadlines
Fall:March 1
Summer:March 1
Contact Information: 
167 TMCB
801-422-1735
office@mathed.byu.edu
Program Requirements: 

Our program offers both thesis and project options.

Requirements for Degree—Thesis Program.

  • Credit hours (30): minimum of 24 credit hours of approved course work plus 6 thesis hours (MthEd 699R).
  • Required courses: MthEd 590, 591; and 3 credit hours of 611R; 9 additional credit hours of approved 500- or 600-level mathematics education coursework.
  • Electives:  6 credit hours of approved graduate level coursework (no more than 3 credits of readings course 695R).
  • Comprehensive examination: pass a written comprehensive examination. Full-time students take the exam in May following their first year; part-time students take the exam in May following their second year.
  • Thesis: write a thesis based on an approved research project. Note: A formal thesis proposal and defense is required.
  • Oral defense of thesis.
  • Minor (optional): any approved minor.

Requirements for Degree—Project Program.

  • Credit hours (30): minimum of 27 credit hours of approved coursework plus 3 project hours (Math 698R).
  • Required courses: MthEd 590, 591; and 3 credit hours of 611R; 12 additional credit hours of approved 500- or 600-level mathematics education courses.
  • Electives: 6 credit hours of approved graduate level coursework (no more than 3 credits of readings course 695R).
  • Comprehensive examination: pass a written comprehensive examination. Full-time students take the exam in May following their first year; part-time students take the exam in May following their second year.
  • Project paper: write a paper based on an approved project. Note: A formal project proposal and defense is required.
  • Oral defense of project paper.
  • Minor (optional): any approved minor.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Test

GRE

Additional Requirements

  1. Credit equivalent to a BA in Mathematics Education at BYU
  2. State teacher certification
Program Outcomes: 


Scholarship

Graduates can explain, evaluate, and apply important issues, trends, theories, paradigms of research, and research findings in the field of mathematics education, as well as their implications for the teaching and learning of mathematics in the public schools, mathematics teacher development, and participation in mathematics education scholarship..

Research

Graduates demonstrate understanding of research methods in mathematics education by showing they can a) locate an interesting and important problem; b) conduct a literature review to situate the problem; c) develop a conceptual framework; d) establish focused research questions; e) choose and implement appropriate methods for collecting and analyzing data; f) address issues of research quality such as validity, reliability, and significance; and g) effectively communicate their work both orally and in writing.

Mathematics

Graduates understand central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline of mathematics as well as core representations, canonical examples, and alternative algorithms germane to teaching school mathematics.

Teaching

Graduates are able to analyze topics from school mathematics in the context of the literature on students' mathematical thinking, meaningfully apply research on teaching and learning mathematics in their teaching, and use scholarly inquiry as a lens to reflect on that teaching.

Professionalism

Graduates have developed a level of professionalism that enables and compels them to continually seek opportunities to improve their own practice, keep abreast of advances and developments in the field both locally and nationally, and provide leadership in professional, school, and community organizations.

Spiritual Stewardship

Graduates strive to follow the example of Jesus Christ in both their personal and professional lives, seek consistency between their understanding of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and principles of mathematics teaching and learning, and use this enriched understanding of teaching and learning to nurture the divine potential of all in their spheres of influence.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 17
International 1
Female 12
LDS 17
Minority 3
BYU Undergraduate 14
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 320.0
GRE Quantitative Score 162.1
GRE Quantitative Percentile 82.8
GRE Verbal Score 158.0
GRE Verbal Percentile 75.4
GRE Analytical Score 4.2
GRE Analytical Percentile 61.5
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 2.9
Graduated Per Year 7.2
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 11.6
Admitted Per Year 7.6
Percent Admitted 65.52
Average GPA 3.55