Student Advisement and Program Planning

Comprehensive Examination Policy

The M.Ed. degree in Mathematics Education leads to Level 5 certification in mathematics. A candidate enrolling in this program is expected to hold a T-4 level certification in Mathematics Education. This program requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate work and successful completion of a comprehensive examination in the area of mathematics. Candidates must confer with their advisor to design a planned program, which may include undergraduate courses, as needed, to remedy the lack of preparation in mathematics as determined by the Graduate Committee in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. The objectives of the Master of Education program in Mathematics Education are: (1) to provide the students with in-depth knowledge of Mathematics in the areas of algebra, analysis and geometry and their applications; (2) to provide training in the use of technology and educational research in the teaching and learning of mathematics; and (3) to prepare students to use and promote logical thinking skills and problem-solving strategies in the teaching and learning of mathematics.

- The Master of Education in Mathematics Education requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate course work, at least 27 semester hours of which are taken at Albany State University.
- The successful completion of a comprehensive examination is a requirement in all Master's degree programs.
- At least an overall average of "B" in all the Mathematics courses in the graduate program is a prerequisite for taking the comprehensive examination in Mathematics.

Regular admission to the M.Ed. program with concentration in Mathematics requires that an applicant have an undergraduate degree in Mathematics Education and have satisfied the regular general admission requirements for admissions set by the College of Education at Albany State University. The candidate must have a 2.5 minimum overall undergraduate grade-point average and a clear renewable teaching certification for secondary Mathematics in the state of Georgia. In addition, a student who lacks preparation in Mathematics is required, as a prerequisite to graduate admission, to take undergraduate Mathematics courses as determined by the Graduate Committee in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

The candidate is admitted provisionally if some conditions are placed on his/her status because of grade-point average, standardized test scores or lack of academic preparation in the subject area. A candidate who lacks sufficient preparation in Mathematics is required as a prerequisite to complete specific undergraduate Mathematics courses, as determined by the Graduate Committee in the Department of Mathematics. No graduate credit is given for courses taken at the undergraduate level. A minimum of 3.0 grade-point average is required for the satisfactory completion of the prerequisite courses. Additionally, the candidate must complete 9 semester hours of study at the graduate level with an average of "B" or better before he/she is granted regular admission to the program.

Candidates may enroll with this status to complete course work for either certification renewal, add-on certification purposes or personal enrichment provided they satisfy the prerequisite requirements for the course. No more than 9 semester hours of credit earned in this category may subsequently be applied toward meeting the requirements of the Master's degree.

A graduate advisor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science must approve in advance all courses taken through the teacher education program. Candidates evaluated by the department and found to be lacking sufficient preparation for the graduate courses in Mathematics are required to take the necessary prerequisites as determined by the Graduate Committee in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

The comprehensive examination covers three subjects: Analysis, Modern Algebra and a subject of the candidate's choice (e.g. Geometry, Topology, or History of Mathematics, etc.). Candidates have three attempts to pass the comprehensive examination. Passing score is 80% of each subject. If a candidate passes two subjects and fails the third one, then the candidate is only required to take the third one in the next attempt. If a student does not pass two or three subjects, then the student is required to retake all the three subjects in the next attempt.

Area A - Nature of the Learner (Minimum of 3 semester hours) |
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PSYC |
5515 |
Educational Psychology |

PSYC |
5555 |
Conditions of Learning |

SPED |
5501 |
Exceptional Child** |

Area B - Programs and the Problems of Schools |
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(Minimum of 3 semester hours) |
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EDUC |
5509 |
Philosophy of Education |

EDUC |
5538 |
Curriculum Planning |

EDUC |
5533 |
Methods and Materials in Teaching Secondary School Mathematics |

EDUC |
5531 |
Mathematics Concepts for Secondary School Mathematics |

Area C - Teaching Field (Minimum of 15 semester hours) |
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MATH |
5111 |
Theory of Numbers |

MATH |
5112 |
Linear Algebra** |

MATH |
5113 |
Modern Algebra I* |

MATH |
5114 |
Modern Algebra II* |

MATH |
5211 |
Fundamental Concepts of Analysis I* |

MATH |
5212 |
Fundamental Concepts of Analysis II* |

MATH |
5311 |
Geometry for Teachers** |

MATH |
5312 |
Foundations of Geometry |

MATH |
5313 |
Modern Geometry |

MATH |
5314 |
Introduction to Topology |

Area D - Research (Minimum of 3 semester hours) |
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EDUC |
5501 |
Educational Research* |

MATH |
5412 |
Methods of Statistical Analysis** |

EDUC |
5500 |
Educational Statistics** |

Area E - Electives (Minimum of 3 semester hours) |
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(Courses may be chosen from either the following courses or from courses in area C above.) |
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MATH |
5202 |
Technology-Oriented Mathematics |

MATH |
5213 |
Complex Analysis |

MATH |
5214 |
Differential Equations |

MATH |
5215 |
Numerical Analysis |

MATH |
5414 |
Introduction to Operations Research |

MATH |
5511 |
History of Mathematics** |

MATH |
5670 |
Special Topics in Mathematical Sciences |

* Required course |
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** Required if not previously fulfilled at the undergraduate or graduate level. |
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Total Hours Required 36 hours |
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