Mathematics, MAT
Department of Mathematics and Statistical Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
Vision Statement
The Master of Arts for Teachers of Mathematics degree is ideal for:
 Current high school teachers who are planning on teaching advanced secondary mathematics such as DualEnrollment calculus at their high school.
 Any student interested in teaching freshman/sophomore level mathematics courses at local universities.
 Any student interested in pursuing a PhD in education with an emphasis in mathematics.
NOTE: This program does not help a student get a state certification to teach high school math. For those students with an undergraduate degrees already interested in pursuing a degree to teach high school math, but do not yet have a state certification to teach, consider the Teacher Academy Project.
Program Contact Information
Michael Matthews, PhD, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
231 Durham Science Center (DSC)
402.554.3558
michaelmatthews@unomaha.edu
Program Website
Other ProgramRelated Information
Graduate Assistantships
The Department of Mathematics and Statistical Sciences annually awards a few graduate assistantships for work within the department. These positions pay an annual stipend plus a waiver of tuition. For the details of the nature of the work, please contact the graduate chair, Andrew Swift, aswift@unomaha.edu
Teachers of Mathematics Scholarship
The Teacher of Mathematics Scholarship is awarded to teachers of high school mathematics who are interested in obtaining a graduate degree in mathematics (MS, MA, or MAT) at UNO for the purpose of becoming eligible to teach UNO calculus dual enrollment courses. These scholarships are awarded to teachers in school districts that are participating in the Dual Enrollment program. They will provide for the reimbursement of resident tuition for up to six graduate credit hours per semester for one year. No scholarship award becomes final until UNO graduate admission status is obtained. Continuation beyond the first year depends upon satisfactory academic progress and funds available. For further information contact Dr. Janice Rech, jrech@unomaha.edu
Admissions
General Application Requirements and Admission Criteria
ProgramSpecific Requirements
Application Deadlines (Spring 2023, Summer 2023, and Fall 2023)
Applications for this program are accepted on a rolling basis. All materials must be submitted prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student has elected to begin coursework.
Other Requirements
 Have obtained at least a “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) average in previous mathematics courses, including two courses beyond elementary calculus.
 Hold state certification for teaching secondary school mathematics
 English Language Proficiency: Applicants are required to have a command of oral and written English. Those who do not hold a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from the U.S., OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a predetermined country on the waiver list, must meet the minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for admission.
 Paperbased TOEFL: 550, Internetbased TOEFL: 80, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 53, Duolingo: 105
Degree Requirements
Code  Title  Credits 

Required Courses  
Complete the Mathematics for Teachers sequence:  
MTCH 8020  MATHEMATICAL MODELING FOR SECONDARY TEACHERS  3 
MTCH 8030  ALGEBRA FOR ALGEBRA TEACHERS  3 
MTCH 8040  TOPICS IN MATHEMATICAL COMPUTING  3 
Education Courses  
Graduate only courses TED 8xx0 to be selected in consultation with your advisor  9  
Mathematic Sequences  
Complete two advisor approved Mathematics (not MTCH) sequence of courses (total of 18 hours). Each sequence must consist of three connected courses (as defined by the MAT advisors). ^{1}  18  
Total Credits  36 
 ^{ 1 }
For example: Applied Modern Algebra, Algebra 1, and Algebra 2. If one of the courses has been taken previously as an undergraduate the course will not count toward the 36 credits, however it will count in terms of completed the three course sequence. Such a situation would in effect enable the MAT student to finish the three course sequence quicker and free up one class for an elective in mathematics.
Exit Requirements

Comprehensive Examination
 Pass the mathematics comprehensive examination. The examination is offered three times a year; on April 15, July 15, and November 15th (or the proceeding Friday if any of these dates falls on a weekend). The mathematics exam is three hours in length and covers the terminal course of each of the two math sequence of courses. Each course instructor will write a 1.5 hour exam and grade the exam as pass or fail. To pass the overall MAT mathematics portion comprehensive exam, the student must pass both.
MTCH 8010 STATISTICAL RESEARCH FOR MATHEMATICS TEACHERS (3 credits)
This course is designed for graduate students in the MAT program who select the statistics option to complete their degree. The student will do a literature review, design a study involving mathematics education, gather and analyze the data, and prepare a manuscript for submission to a refereed journal. (The course will not count toward a major in the MA or MS program.) To prepare for the course, interested students should contact the instructor of the course several months before (8 is the norm) to have time to do the groundwork for the study.
Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): STAT 8015 and TED 8010.
MTCH 8020 MATHEMATICAL MODELING FOR SECONDARY TEACHERS (3 credits)
This course will examine the mathematics underlying several problem situations found in a variety of societal settings. Mathematical models of problems in current literature will be examined and other models will be constructed based on data collected through course activities. Topics relevant to these problems will include function analysis, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and probability and statistics. The role of mathematics in society will be evidenced as problems considered will be timely and sources utilized will include original documentation whenever possible (i.e. recent research reports, government reports and publications).
MTCH 8030 ALGEBRA FOR ALGEBRA TEACHERS (3 credits)
This course will use study interesting mathematical systems related to key algebraic ideas and study habits of mind that are key to effective problem solving. The properties about numbers and operations discovered will connect to the same properties taught in school algebraic course. Special attention will be paid to linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic, polynomial functions in connection to their importance in school algebra.
Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to the Graduate Program
MTCH 8040 TOPICS IN MATHEMATICAL COMPUTING (3 credits)
This course focuses on the current stateoftheart technology that is either designed for or is uniquely suitable for teaching mathematics. (Crosslisted with STEM 8040)
Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MATH 2200 or equivalent or approval of instructor.
MTCH 8880 ADVANCED PLACEMENT INSTITUTE: CALCULUS (3 credits)
A workshop for teachers planning to offer an advanced placement course in calculus. Objectives include increasing teacher competencies in singlevariable calculus, discussion and study of AP calculus exams, implementations of AP courses in calculus, and development and presentation of projects for graduate credit. (This course will not count toward the M.A. or M.S. degrees in Mathematics, or the Secondary Mathematics Specialist Graduate Certificate.)
Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate in mathematics or mathematics education.