The M.A. in Math requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate-level courses including the following:
Required Courses (18 credit hours)
- MATH 501: Introduction to Probability and Statistics
- MATH 503: Introduction to Analysis
- MATH 511: Algebra from an Advanced Perspective
- MATH 512: Geometry from an Advanced Perspective
Six hours of elective mathematics courses from the following list: 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.
Please note: A maximum of 9 hours at the 400G-level may be included in the entire program. Comprehensive exams in mathematics are required. A student who chooses to do a thesis is required to complete 6 hours of Thesis Research and Writing (MATH 599) and to give an oral defense of the thesis.
Secondary Education – 13-16 hours
This program is designed to develop Teacher Leaders who can positively impact student learning in their classrooms and schools. Courses and experiences include Professional Learning Communities in which students interact with other graduate students from various content areas and grade levels to discuss and work on real world challenges and promising practices they encounter in schools.
An Action Research Project for Teacher Leaders focusing on a classroom, school, or district issue is the capstone for the completion of the Secondary Education portion of the degree.
During the first course in the program, TCHL 500 Foundations of Teacher Leadership, students will complete an assessment process that will be used in determining which TCHL core courses they must take (see Important Note below). All students must complete either TCHL 545 and 555 or pass proficiency evaluations for these courses. TCHL 500, 530, 559, and 560 are required for all students, and there are no proficiency evaluations that may be substituted for these courses.
Important Note: While enrolled in TCHL 500, master's candidates will use several documents, including their KTIP assessments or in-kind examples, dispositions self-surveys, referrals from school personnel, and their respective School Improvement Plan, to develop with their respective program advisors individualized programs of study of 31-34 hours related to Kentucky Teacher Standards and professional goals. Each student's program of study will include some or all of the TCHL courses, at least one content course specific to their initial teaching certification areas, plus additional education-related or content courses.
Professional Education Core (10-16 credit hours)
Courses denoted with an asterisk are required courses.
- *TCHL 500 – Foundations of Teacher Leadership (3 hours)
- *TCHL 530 – Curriculum Development (3 hours)
- TCHL 545 – Classroom Instructional Strategies and Management (3 hours)
- TCHL 555 – School and Classroom Assessment (3 hours)
- *TCHL 559 – Action Research Design (1 hour)
- *TCHL 560 – Action Research Capstone for Teacher Leaders (3 hours)
- Education Electives – 0-3 hours.
Students who successfully complete the proficiency examinations for either TCHL 545 or TCHL 555 may graduate with 31 hours. However, students who successfully complete the proficiency examinations for both TCHL 545 and TCHL 555 must substitute at least one education course with advisor approval to have a minimum of 31 hours to graduate.
Secondary Education Mid-Point Assessment Requirements: Students are expected to enroll in TCHL 500 at the beginning of their program and in TCHL 560 toward the end. Students should consult with their advisors regarding the optimal sequence of course work to meet their professional goals. Students must achieve an average of 3.0 on all Critical Performances and an average score of 3 on dispositions even though a candidate's program of studies does not include the courses. Additional course work may be required based on the assessment results.
Secondary Education Completion Requirements
- Successfully complete TCHL 560 (Course grade of C or higher).
- Give acceptable presentation of action research in approved venue
- Achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA overall and in secondary education course work.
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