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Mathematics (7-12)

  • Grade Levels:
    7-12
  • Credits:
    30
    (4 terms)
  • Degree:
    Master of Education
  • Program Approved:
    PR Council of Education

Program Description

Prepare to teach mathematics at the secondary level, grades 7-12. The master’s in mathematics at Cambridge College is grounded in a student-focused curriculum that links theory and practice in a collaborative learning environment. Graduates will be eligible for recertification by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Prior valid Puerto Rico teacher certification in another area is required.

Who Is the Mathematics (7-12) Program Designed For?

If you want to work with children to help them learn the language of mathematics, or if you’re a current teacher looking to add mathematics as a new subject area, this math education program will be an excellent fit. It’s also a strong option if your goal is to become a National Board Certified mathematics teacher, mathematics specialist, or mathematics coach.

Cambridge College Mathematics Program Highlights

Earn your master’s in mathematics in a flexible, affordable program designed specifically for adult learners. Cambridge College offers:

  • Career-focused learning. Graduates of the mathematics education program are ready to lead in the classroom, adept at using the latest technologies, and prepared to advance social justice.
  • Flexible course options. The math degree is delivered via convenient evening, weekend, and online course options designed to fit your busy schedule.
  • Excellent value. Cambridge College is one of the most affordable four-year private nonprofit colleges in the United States, offering quality education at a low rate of tuition.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of high school teachers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Rising student enrollment should increase demand for high school teachers, with employment growth for teaching jobs varying by region.

Mathematics (7-12) Learning Outcomes

This program will prepare you to be a skilled teacher with strong content knowledge in mathematics. You’ll understand how to make connections between math and other fields, and use technology to deepen your students’ understanding. You’ll also learn how to implement well-structured lessons with measurable assessments of learning, while using inclusive practices to create a safe and collaborative learning environment for all students.

Jobs in Mathematics

Teaching mathematics to children and high school students is a rewarding career that gives you the chance to make a difference and change lives. Jobs in mathematics for program graduates include:

  • Math teacher (7-12)
  • Mathematics specialist
  • Mathematics coach
  • Mathematics director

Keep in mind that you don’t need a background in teaching to benefit from this program. Individuals coming from careers in business, engineering, finance, and the military are often very successful in relating the importance of the mathematics to the real world they have worked in for many years.

Example Mathematics (7-12) Courses

The mathematics program at Cambridge College features courses such as:

  • Teaching Mathematics for the Secondary Level
  • Number Theory
  • Applied Mathematics

Download the Mathematics (7-12) program sheet.

Mathematics Scholarships and Financial Aid

You may qualify for grants, scholarships, loans, and other types of financial assistance to help pay for your master’s degree in math. Learn more about applying for financial aid at Cambridge College.

Many companies also offer tuition assistance programs that can help to pay for education. Find information about getting your company to help.

Curriculum

All classes are taught in Spanish.


First Required Course

According to the student's academic background in mathematics, the student will begin the master's program with one of the following courses. The academic director will decide which course each student will take.

Arithmetic to Algebra: Developing Patterns and Ideas (K-8)
MAT 603 3 credit(s)
This course explores the relationship between the study of arithmetic and of algebra in grades K-8. Teachers explore selected mathematical concepts at an adult level and discuss how children develop an understanding of it. They explore ways to facilitate classroom learning, and effective activities and materials that enhance learning of algebraic concepts and skills. They learn how to use vertical acceleration to connect arithmetic to algebra.
College Algebra
MAT 607 3 credit(s)
This course focuses on the major components of a college level course in algebra: real, rational, and irrational numbers; linear, radical, and quadratic equations and inequalities; functions and graphs; polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions; conic sections; systems of equations and inequalities; and sequences and series. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Discrete Mathematics
MAT 613 3 credit(s)
Prerequisites: MAT607 & MAT 609 or program chair’s approval. This course is designed to cover the major components of discrete mathematics by studying the connections among mathematics topics and real-life events and situations, emphasizing problem solving, mathematical reasoning, and communications. Major topics include: counting and number systems; combinatorics; codes; recurrence relations; graphs and networks; and matrix operations. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Subsequent Courses
30
Credits
Technology in Mathematics Learning & Teaching (K-12)
MAT 605 3 credit(s)
Prerequisites: MAT607, 609, 611 & 613 or program chair’s approval. This course provides teachers with a strong foundation in effectively using technology in mathematics classrooms, K-12. They develop and implement comprehensive lessons for teaching mathematical concepts and skills using calculators, graphing calculators, computer graphing, algebra and geometry software, and internet resources. This course makes educational technology an integral component of the teaching, learning, and assessment of mathematics instruction and learning. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Calculus I
MAT 611 3 credit(s)
This course focuses on trigonometric and calculus concepts by providing numerical, graphical, and algebraic approaches for a clear understanding and mastering of the material. Course activities are placed in a context of real-world problems which enable students to create mathematical models that will help them understand the world in which they live. Major topics include: continuity, limits’ derivative of a function, anti-differentiation, definite integral, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Prerequisites: MAT 607 and MAT 609 or program chair’s approval.
Calculus II
MAT 631 3 credit(s)
This course begins with a thorough review of the Calculus I. It then proceeds to cover integration techniques in some depth. This will include integration-by-parts, u-substitution, and trigonometric-substitution. Power series and their applications are covered as well. Prerequisite: MAT 611.
Teaching Mathematics for the Secondary Level
MAT 604 3 credit(s)

Study of math curriculum content, methods, strategies and activities for teaching at the secondary level, according to Puerto Rico Department of Education current regulations. The course also includes the analysis of the new models based on the recent research in the teaching.
 

Probability and Statistics
MAT 633 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT 613. This course focuses on how probability and statistics can reveal a more complete picture of the world, by emphasizing concepts and applications from a wide range of fields. Major topics include: concept of sample space; descriptive measures; probability and sampling distributions; estimation and hypothesis testing; analysis of variance; correlational analysis; regression analysis; experimental design; modeling; and decision criteria. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Number Theory
MAT 625 3 credit(s)
This course focuses on integers and their application in a technology-rich world. Major topics include: prime numbers, Diophantine equations, congruences, quadratic-residues, order of a number mod p, Fermat’s Little Theorem, Euler’s Theorem, and Gauss’s Lemma. Applications to check-digits and encryption covered as well. Prerequisite: MAT 611.
Abstract Algebra
MAT 627 3 credit(s)
This course focuses on why no formula solution to the quintic equation is possible by presenting all the concepts necessary for the construction of Galois Theory. This includes the study of finite groups, fields, and field extensions. Consideration is also given to various morphisms; as well a rings and integral domains. Some time is spent on classical algebra including exact solutions to the cubic and quartic polynomials. Prerequisite: MAT 607 or program chair’s approval.
Non-Euclidean Geometry
MAT 629 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT 609. This course reviews a variety of approaches to the axiomatic developments of Euclidean plane geometry; followed by a treatment of non-Euclidean geometries, and the geometric properties of transformations, particularly isometries. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Applied Mathematics
MAT 635 3 credit(s)
This course focuses on major areas of applied mathematics. This includes matrix theory, differential equations and Fourier analysis. Under matrix theory, linear transformations and diagonalization are covered in some depth, and the Cayley-Hamilton Theorem is proved. Under differential equations, linear versions are explored using an operator approach which motivates development and application of Laplace transforms. Finally we cover Fourier series after an advanced review of trigonometry. Prerequisites: MAT 611 and MAT631 or program chair’s approval.

Senior Instructor

Adjunct Instructor

Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required for admission into non-licensure programs.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

Program Requirements

Prior valid Puerto Rico teacher certification in another area required.

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for School of Education

 

State Health Requirements

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.

 

Tuition

  • Credits:
    30
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $324
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

Note: Rates are as of July 2019, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

Grants, Scholarships and Loans

Cambridge College welcomes the opportunity to support your efforts to pay for college.  Federal, state and local resources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study, including Cambridge College Scholarships, are available to help defray the cost of tuition. Learn more

Getting Your Company to Help

Many companies have tuition assistance programs, designed to help their employees with their professional development. Learn more

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