MAEd in Middle school mathematics: Is distance education right for you?

The Masters of Arts in Education (MAEd) with a concentration in Middle Grades Mathematics is a practitioner-oriented program designed to sharpen instructional expertise, develop skill in research, deepen mathematics knowledge, and promote leadership in mathematics education.

Distance learning offers a large degree of convenience and flexibility, but it's important to note that these courses require the same level of commitment and effort as attending a class on campus. Completing a distance education degree is a great choice for many people, particularly those with full-time employment and family obligations. 

If you are interested in earning the MAEd in Middle School Mathematics at ECU, but commuting to campus is not an option or if traditional college classes do not fit into your busy schedule, then learning in online and video conferencing environments might be right for you! 

  • Program consists of 36 semester hours, in the following categories:

    • Educational Core(15 hours)
    • EDUC 6001 Introduction to Differences in Human Learning in Schools
    • MATE 6200 Mathematics Assessment for the Classroom Teacher
    • MATE 6211 Research in Mathematics Education
    • MATE 6206 Leadership in Mathematics Education
    • MATE 6400 Capstone Project in Mathematics Education

    • Mathematics at Licensure Area (12 hours) Choose four of the following courses:
    • MATE 6331 Reasoning with Numbers and Algebra
    • MATE 6341Teaching and Learning Geometry
    • MATE 6351 Data Analysis and Probability in the Middle Grades
    • MATE 6361Measurement Across the Curriculum
    • MATE 6371 Teaching and Learning Algebra
    • MATE 6391Teaching with mathematical modeling

    • Mathematics Beyond Licensure Area (9 hours) Students ake three of the following to develop a broader view of K–12 mathematics. Other courses maybe suitable; consult your advisor: MATE 6058, 6059, 6060, 6061,6062, 6063, 6120, 6130, 6140, ;6331, 6341, 6351, 6361, 6371

  • Advising Guide with Course Descriptions (click to download)

  • Schedule of Course Offerings (click to download)
  • Admission to the Graduate School includes an application, official transcripts, a copy of your teaching license, and two letters of recommendation from someone aware of your potential as a graduate student. Applicants must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale and a Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogy Test at or above the 30th percentile. (Exception: 10 years of teaching exempts applicants from the testing requirement.)
  • Are all of the courses in the program online?

    • Yes. Most of our students are busy professionals who are part-time graduate students. The online nature allows them to complete the program from remote sites and the asynchronous nature allows those with demanding work and personal schedules to complete course work on their time schedule.
  • How much does a course cost? How much does it cost to complete the program?

    • As of summer 2013, a distance education course – the general category in which our courses reside – costs $636 for in-state students. This includes tuition and fees, but not book cost. One of the outstanding benefits of online education is the savings in transportation cost. At the current rate, a 36-hour master’s degree costs $7632. Given that tuition and fees change over time, use the link below to access current charges: Look for the appropriate semester under the Distance Education / Continuing Education section.
  • What is the typical course load for a student in the program?

    • The majority of our graduate students take two courses (six credit hours) per fall or spring semester, but some take one course and a few take three.
  • How long does it take to complete the program?

    • If students are part of a cohort, we strongly encourage them to follow the cohort schedule precisely and we typically design a program for two years. Otherwise, students work at their own pace, but the majority do finish in two years or two years and an additional semester or session. Students are welcome to take three years or longer to complete the program.
  • Am I allowed to transfer classes that I have already taken?

    • Students may transfer up to two classes (six credit hours), if the program area faculty and Graduate School agree on the courses. Some transfer classes are very good matches for required courses, but the most common use of transfer classes is for elective hours.
  • I have heard of a test waiver for professional graduate programs. Do I qualify?

    • We recommend two primary types of waivers that the Graduate School typically approves: (1) professional waiver for those whose undergraduate degree is 10 or more years old and the candidate has relevant professional experience in the meantime and (2) waiver for those who already have a master’s degree.

Do you have any further questions or need help with the process? Please contact us.

Dr. Ron Preston
Director of Students Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education
East Carolina University Mail Stop 566 Greenville, NC 27858 Phone:252-328-9355