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Mathematics

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Hagg-Sauer Hall 218-755-2880


Graduate Faculty

Dr. Randy Westhoff (Chair; rwesthoff@bemidjistate.edu), Dr. Eric Lund (Mathematics Program Coordinator; elund@bemidjistate.edu), Dr. Todd Frauenholtz, Ms. Ivy Knoshaug, Dr. Colleen Livingston, Dr. Glen Richgels, Dr. Richard Spindler, Dr. Derek Webb


Degree Offered


Master Of Science - Mathematics

This degree is intended for middle level and secondary school teachers of mathematics. The focus is on providing greater subject depth and advanced instructional methodologies. Students are offered a curriculum which is appropriate to both their individual needs and their needs relating to classroom instruction.

Note: For Professional Education Cognate Area in Mathematics, see "Professional Education: M.S.–Education."


Preparation Requirements

Applicants should have a licensed undergraduate teaching major or minor in mathematics.

University Requirements

See Section II, Graduate Study for degree requirements.

Course Work Requirements

Note: Required electives need to be selected so that at least 16 credits in the program are at the 6000 level.

I. Required Education Core

ED 6100 Educational Research (3 credits)
ED 6107 Advanced Educational Psychology (3 credits)
MATH 6050 Assessment in the Mathematics Classroom (3 credits)

Subtotal 9 Credits

II. Required Mathematics Elective Courses

Note: Asterisked (*) courses have prerequisites not required in this program.

Select at least 12 credits from the following

*MATH 6350 Abstract Algebra for Secondary Teachers (3 credits)
*MATH 6450 Foundations of Calculus (3 credits)
*MATH 6550 Geometry for Secondary Teachers (3 credits)
STAT 5650 Probability and Statistics for Secondary Teachers (4 credits)
Mathematics content courses numbered MATH 5210 to MATH 5820 as approved by advisor
Other mathematics content courses approved by advisor

Subtotal 12 Credits

III. Required Mathematics Pedagogy Elective Courses

Select at least 9 credits from the following

CS 6420 Classroom Integration of Computer Software (3 credits)
MATH 5054 Math Activities for the Junior High/Middle School Classroom (3 credits)
MATH 5056 Math Activities for the Secondary Classroom (3 credits)
MATH 6150 Secondary Mathematics from an Advanced Standpoint (3 credits)
Other mathematics pedagogy courses approved by advisor

Subtotal 9 Credits

IV. Required Portfolio Evaluation and Research

Note: Consult with advisor before registration for MATH 6980.

MATH 6055 Pedagogical Portfolio Evaluation (0 credits)
MATH 6980
Graduate Research Paper (2 credits)

Subtotal 2 Credits

Total Semester Credits Required for Degree 32 Credits

Competency Requirement

Computer Application of Statistics: Completion of MATH 6050 Assessment in the Mathematics Classroom, with a grade of "B" or better, or the equivalent as approved by the department.


Master of Science - Elementary and Middle Level Mathematics Education

This degree is intended for elementary and middle level teachers. The focus is on providing greater subject depth and advanced instructional methodologies. Students are offered a curriculum that is appropriate to both their individual needs and their needs relating to classroom instruction.


Preparation Requirements

Applicants should have an elementary, middle level or equivalent license.

University Requirements

See Section II, Graduate Study for degree requirements.

Course Work Requirements

I. Required Core

ED 6100 Educational Research (3 credits)
ED 6107 Advanced Educational Psychology (3 credits)
MATH 6050 Assessment in the Mathematics Classroom (3 credits)

Subtotal 9 Credits

II. Mathematics Electives

Note: Asterisked (*) courses have prerequisites not required in this program.

Select one course from group a. and one course from group b.

  1. MATH 5052 Math Models, Games, and Activities for the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)
    or MATH 6061 Number Sense for Elementary and Middle Level Teachers (3 credits)

  2. MATH 5064 Number Concepts for Elementary and Middle School Teachers (4 credits)
    or MATH 6062 Number Theory for Elementary and Middle Level Teachers (3 credits)

Select at least 15 credits from the following

MATH 6200 Discrete Mathematics for Elementary and Middle Level Teachers (3 credits)
MATH 6300 Patterns and Functions for Elementary and Middle Level Teachers (3 credits)
MATH 6501 Geometry in the Classroom for Elementary and Middle Level Teachers (3 credits)
*MATH 6502 Geometry with Technology for Elementary and Middle Level Teachers (3 credits)
MATH 6601 Data Investigations for Elementary and Middle Level Teachers (3 credits)
*MATH 6602 Probability for Elementary and Middle Level Teachers (3 credits)

Subtotal 21-22 credits

III. Required Portfolio and Research

Note: MATH 6050 Assessment in the Mathematics Classroom should be taken prior to the collection of evidence for the pedagogical portfolio.

Note: Consult with advisor before registration for MATH 6980.

MATH 6055 Pedagogical Portfolio Evaluation (0 credits)
MATH 6980 Graduate Research Paper (2 credits)

Subtotal 2 Credits

Total Semester Credits Required for Degree 32-33 Credits

Competency Requirement

Computer Application of Statistics: Completion of MATH 6050 Assessment in the Mathematics Classroom , with a grade of "B" or better, or the equivalent as approved by the department.


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