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Dr. Ron Preston
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MAEd in Middle Grades Mathematics Education

MATE poster projects 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.

Program Details
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.)
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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 take 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)

You are almost finished with your MAEd in Mathematics Education! There are a number of important processes, however, that must take place in addition to successfully completing your course work. Within the first two weeks of the semester in which you intend to graduate, you should apply for graduation, using the form and instructions found below. Then there is a graduate summary that must be completed – work on that with your faculty advisor and finish that by or before mid-semester. Finally, you will want to apply to have your license updated. Complete this paperwork near the end of the semester in which you are graduating.

Apply for Graduation

For instructions, go to Academic Policies and click on Graduation Process. To access the application, go to ECU Registrar, click on requested forms, and then on Graduate Graduation Application.

Complete the Graduate Summary

Go to Academic Policies and click on Graduation Process and Graduation Summary Form.

Process the Licensure Request

Go to Licensure, read the instructions, and download the appropriate forms.

Alternately, we have the forms referenced below in the “Resources and Forms” section of the website. Be sure to note that forms could be out-of-date in the “Resources and Forms” section, although we try to stay current.

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: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/financial_serv/cashier/tufee.cfm. 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.
Use this page for the most commonly required Resources and Forms