Mathematics, Master of Arts (049)


Program Coordinator

Kanita K. Ducloux,, (270) 745-8791

This online program is intended for students who are secondary teachers who already hold teacher certification and are seeking rank change through earning a Master's degree.  In addition, this program prepares teachers to teach dual credit classes and at a community college or technical school. This degree does not provide initial teacher certification or prepare a student for doctoral studies in mathematics.

Program Admission

To be admitted to the M.A. program, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Satisfy one of the following conditions:
    1. have a GAP score of at least 600 [GAP=(GRE-V + GRE-Q) + (Undergraduate GPA x 100)]
    2. have a GRE general score of at least 300, or
    3. if students have graduate from WKU with a degree in mathematics, a GPA of at least 3.3 in their undergraduate major.
  2. A bachelor's degree in mathematics, OR the completion of the following undergraduate courses, with at most one deficiency:
    1. calculus sequence through multivariable calculus
    2. linear algebra
    3. discrete mathematics
    4. probability or calculus-based statistics
    5. abstract algebra
    6. geometry

Applicants must also have or be eligible for a teaching certificate1 for Secondary Mathematics (grades 8-12). A copy of the certificate or statement of eligibility must be submitted with the application.


 Kentucky teachers whose certificates have expired may be admitted, but they may enroll for no more than six hours before they must apply to the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board for re-issued certificates. After completion of six hours, a student admitted with an expired certificate must submit a copy of the re-issued certificate before being allowed to register for any additional courses. Applicants from out-of-state with expired certificates must complete the requirements for their respective states to renew their certificates and submit a copy of the re-issued certificate.

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (31-34 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.

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 MATH 599 and to give an oral defense of the thesis.

Required Courses
MATH 501Introduction to Probability and Statistics I3
MATH 503Introduction to Analysis3
MATH 511Algebra from an Advanced Perspective3
MATH 512Geometry from an Advanced Perspective3
Select 6 hours of the following:6
Numerical Analysis I
Numerical Analysis II
History of Mathematics
Algebra and Number Theory
Algebraic Systems
Problem Solving for Secondary Teachers
Geometry II
Intermediate Analysis I
Partial Differential Equations
Topology I
Complex Variables
Introduction to Operations Research
Readings in Mathematics
Application of Technology to Problems in Mathematics
Intermediate Statistics
Mathematical Modeling and Applications
Topics from Algebra
Applied Probability
Advanced Differential Equations
Real Analysis
Advanced Applied Mathematics- I
Advanced Applied Mathematics- II
Topology II
Stochastic Processes
Graph Theory
Advanced Topics in Discrete Mathematics
Complex Analysis
Topics in Operations Research
Special Topics in Mathematics
Statistical Methods I
Required Courses
Professional Education Component
TCHL 500Foundations of Teacher Leadership 13
TCHL 530Curriculum Development3
TCHL 545Classroom Instruction Strategies 23
TCHL 555School and Classroom Assessment 23
TCHL 559Action Research Design for Teacher Leaders1
TCHL 560Action Research Capstone for Teacher Leaders3
Mid-Point Assessment
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.
Professional Education Component
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. 0-3
Total Hours31-34

During the first course in the program, TCHL 500, students will complete an assessment process that will be used in determining which TCHL core courses they must take.  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.


All students must complete TCHL 545 and TCHL 555 or pass proficiency evaluations for these courses.  Students who pass proficiency exams must take an additional education course with advisor approval to complete the degree with a minimum of 31 hours.  TCHL 500, TCHL 530, and TCHL 560 are required for all students, and there are no proficiency evaluations that may be substituted for these courses.

Secondary Education Completion Requirements

  1. Successfully complete TCHL 560 (Course grade of C or higher).
  2. Give acceptable presentation of action research in approved venue.
  3. Achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA overall and in secondary education course work.