Master of Science for Teachers (MST)

The Master of Science for Teachers is a graduate degree program in mathematics at the University of New Hampshire, designed for secondary mathematics teachers. Summer 2017 MST program information.

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Program Overview

The University of New Hampshire's Master of Science for Teachers (MST) Program in mathematics originated in the early 1960's as a National Science Foundation Summer Institute, and has served hundreds of mathematics teachers from around the country and internationally. The program is typically completed in three summers and is designed primarily for experienced teachers of secondary school mathematics. It is also possible to enroll in MST courses without enrolling in the MST degree program. This option is particularly popular with individuals who are interested in obtaining certification to teach secondary school mathematics, since MST courses have traditionally satisfied content area requirements in teacher certification programs. It is important to note, however, that MST is a degree program in mathematics - it is not a teaching degree and it does not grant teaching certification or licensure.

The MST program is designed to enable teachers to:
 

  • deepen and broaden their mathematics background in core areas of geometry, algebra, and analysis

  • explore new content areas of mathematics

  • interact with supportive faculty and students in small classes

  • share ideas and teaching approaches with teachers from different areas of the country and of the world

  • consider perspectives which allow them to help their own students learn mathematics more effectively participate in workshops and seminars to extend their knowledge of mathematics and to promote innovative teaching

The program features a strong emphasis on mathematics content, while also providing opportunities for teachers to consider alternative approaches to pedagogy.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
 

Candidates for the MST Degree must have graduated from a college or university and must possess:

  • a background equivalent to at least a minor in mathematics, including calculus

  • an education background sufficient for certification, or three years of teaching experience, or a full-time teaching position at the present time

Note: the Graduate Record Examination is not required.

 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
 

The MST Program has in-class summer components and on-line academic year components, allowing students to complete the degree within 2 to 3 years.  The MST degree requires:

  • Thirty credits approved by the Department of Mathematics & Statistics.These will normally be taken from MATH courses numbered 900-929, and will usually include eight required courses numbered 900, 905, 906, 909, 913, 915, 918, and 925.

  • Successful completion of the MST concluding experience.

  • For more information and  requirments please see the MST Handbook.