Teaching of Mathematics (MATM)


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The Master of Arts in the Teaching of Mathematics (MATM) degree enhances current and prospective teachers' mathematical knowledge while increasing their understanding of the current state of mathematics education research. It is now a completely online program, serving both Michigan teachers as well as teachers in other regions. Please contact the chairperson listed below for specific details about our geographic coverage.

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    Admission Requirements

    Students must either have previously earned a teaching certificate or be in the process of earning one, having satisfied the entrance requirements for enrollment in a certification program in the College of Liberal Arts and Education. In particular, for Michigan teachers, a passing score on the Professional Readiness Exam (PRE - formerly, Michigan Basic Skills Test) is required – equivalent performances from other states are also acceptable. Students must also have a bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA, having attained mastery of college mathematics up to and including a year of Calculus, listed as MTH 1410 and MTH 1420 in the Detroit Mercy undergraduate catalog.

    Students meeting some but not all of the requirements may be admitted provisionally, in which case they are expected to make up their deficiencies while under supervision of their advisor prior to beginning graduate work. Courses taken to satisfy admission requirements may be taken for graduate credit, but do not count toward completion of the degree. Upon completion of these courses, a formal application to the program can be made to the College of Engineering and Science.


    Degree Requirements (33 credits)

    1. Three courses (9 credits) in education are required:

    • EDU 5000 Methods of Educational Research (3 credits)
    • EDU 5170 (or EDU 5160) Secondary (or Primary) Elementary Curriculum Construction (3 credits)
    • EDU 5960 Program Planning, Evaluation, Development and Implementation (3 credits)

    2. Three courses (9 credits) in mathematical content are required:

    • MED 5840 History of Mathematics (3 credits)
    • MED 5870 Finite Mathematics (3 credits)
    • MED 5900 Logic and Mathematical Inquiry (3 credits)

    3. Three courses (9 credits) in mathematics education are required:

    • MED 5600 Psychology of Mathematics (3 credits)
    • MED 5640 Instructional Technology in Mathematics (3 credits)
    • MED 5770 Teaching Elementary Math With Manipulatives (3 credits)

    4. For the capstone experience of the program, completed at or near the end of the program, students must choose either the Thesis or Non-Thesis option (6 credits):


    • MED 5999 Master's Thesis in Mathematics Education (6 credits)


    • MED 5980 Teaching Portfolio in Mathematics Education (3 credits)
    • MED 5990 Research Project (3 credits)

Program Contact Information

Chairperson: Dr. Jeffery Boats
Engineering 259
Telephone: (313) 993-1503
Fax: (313) 993-1187
Email: boatsjj@udmercy.edu