University of Texas at El Paso Academic Catalog

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Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics

Prior to admission, students must have completed the Calculus sequence together with 12 semester hours of advanced courses in Mathematics (3000- or 4000-level). The student’s GPA for these 12 hours must be at least 3.0. (Students with a bachelor’s degree who do not satisfy these requirements must first enroll in the post-baccalaureate program at UTEP.) 

The Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics (MATM) is available in both a thesis (recommended) and a non-thesis option. The thesis option requires 24 hours of coursework plus the completion of a six-semester-hour thesis in Mathematics Education, while the non-thesis option requires 36 hours of coursework. A maximum of nine (9) of these hours can be taken from approved upper division undergraduate courses. Each student must have his or her courses approved by the Graduate advisor in order to ensure adequate breadth of courses in the Mathematical Sciences. Any student in the non-thesis option is expected to conduct research and graduate with a research paper approved by the faculty with whom MATH 5396 is taken.

Since the degree is intended for current and future high school teachers of Mathematics, it is desirable that the student will have obtained a teaching certificate in Mathematics upon completion of the program. (Teaching certification courses are not part of the MAT program; students should consult the College of Education section for such information.

Admissions Requirements

  • An official transcript, with the four-year baccalaureate degree posted, from the degree-granting institution and copies of transcripts for all other relevant upper-division and graduate work at accredited U.S. institutions or equivalent work and degrees at foreign institutions.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Applicants from countries where English is not the first language are required to demonstrate English proficiency. Please consult the graduate school website for required scores

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 30-36

MAT in Mathematics (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Select one course from the following (or appropriate courses in the College of Education)3
Intro to Math Education
Tech in the Math Classroom
Select one course from the following (or appropriate courses in the College of Education)3
Qualitative Res. in Math Ed
Quant. Research in Math Ed
Select a thesis or non-thesis option:6-12
Thesis Option:
Thesis 1
Non-Thesis Option:
Graduate Research
plus 9 more hours from "Other Electives" below, or appropriate courses in the College of Education.
Other Electives (thesis or non-thesis option):
Select eighteen additional hours of graduate MATH, MATM, STAT, or appropriate courses in the College of Education: 118
Topics in Applied Mathematics
Principles of Analysis
Principles of Algebra
Numerical Analysis
Comp Methods of Linear Algebra
Real Variables
Techniques in Optimization
General Topology
Numer Solution Part Diff Equat
Numerical Optimization
Complex Variables
Special Topics
Topics in Optimization
Intro to Math Education
Qualitative Res. in Math Ed
Quant. Research in Math Ed
Tech in the Math Classroom
Statistical Programming
Applied Experimental Design
Categorical Data Analysis
Post-Genomic Analysis
Special Topics
Mathematical Statistics I
Mathematical Statistics II
Applied Regression Models
Stochastic Processes
Multivariate Data Analysis
Time Series Analysis
Statistical Computing
Intro to Statistical Analysis
Statistical Machine Learning I
Statistical Machine Learn. II
Total Hours30-36