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Program Requirements

The M.A. in Math requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate-level courses including the following:

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
MATH 501 Introduction to Probability and Statistics I 3
MATH 503 Introduction to Analysis 3
MATH 511 Algebra from an Advanced Perspective 3
MATH 512 Geometry from an Advanced Perspective 3


  • A maximum of 9 hours at the 400G level may be included in the entire program.
  • Comprehensive exams are required.
  • A thesis student is required to complete 6 hours of MATH 599 Thesis Research and Writing and to give an oral defense of the thesis.

Elective Mathematics Courses

Six hours required. Courses should be selected from the following:

MATH: 405G, 406G, 409G, 415G, 417G, 421G, 423G, 431G, 432G, 435G, 439G, 450G, 470G, 475G, 500, 504, 509, 510, 514, 517, 523, 529, 531, 532, 535, 536, 539, 540, 541, 542, 550, 560, 570, 590, 599

STAT: 549

Secondary Education Courses

9-16 Hours Required. For students minoring in Secondary Education a total of at least 12 hours must be completed in education course work.

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
TCHL 500 Foundations of Teacher Leadership 3
TCHL 530 Curriculum Development 3
TCHL 560 Action Research Capstone for Teacher Leaders or Discipline Specific Action Course 3

Additional Courses:

Students must take these courses unless the student passes proficiency evaluations for the courses. Credit hours opted out must be replaced with enough elective hours for the minor to equal at least 12 hours.

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
TCHL 540 Classroom Instruction: Instructional Strategies 1
TCHL 544 Classroom Instruction: Equitable School and Community Partnerships 1
TCHL 548 Classroom Instruction: Managing the Learning Environment 1
TCHL 550 Student Assessment I: Fundamentals of Student Assessment 1
TCHL 554 Student Assessment II: Standardized Testing 3
TCHL 558 Student Assessment III: Classroom Tests and Instruments 2

Education Electives

Students who successfully complete the proficiency examinations for TCHL 540, TCHL 544, TCHL 548, TCHL 550, TCHL 554, and/or TCHL 558 may substitute another education course with advisor approval. TCHL 520 Principles of Action Research for Teacher Leaders is strongly recommended.

Secondary Education Mid-Point Assessment Requirements: 

To ensure that all master's candidates are proficient on Advanced Level Kentucky Teacher Standards, all Critical Performances associated with the above TCHL courses must be completed, even if a candidate's program of studies does not include the courses.

Except for TCHL 560, which should be taken toward the end of their program, candidates may only complete 6 hours in their Specialization Component before they have taken all TCHL courses and/or uploaded all Critical Performances and have achieved an average score of 3.0 on all performances and an average score of 3 on dispositions.

Additional course work may be required based on the assessment results.

Please view the Mathematics Department Graduate Brochure for any additional requirements. You can view the brochure here.
You can also view this information on the Mathematics Department Page. It is located here.
 Last Modified 11/14/13