The programs in Mathematics Education at UT are coordinated and taught by a collaborative group of professors, adjunct instructors, post-doctoral fellows and graduate assistants. With a shortage of teachers of mathematics at all levels, our programs are critical to meet the growing needs of society. The Masters programs seek to move a competent teacher toward the role of Master teacher, defined as one who not only teaches well but can communicate to others through mentoring, etc., by providing opportunities to:
- examine and revise their assumptions about the nature of mathematics, how it should be taught, and how students learn;
- observe and analyze a range of approaches to mathematics teaching and learning, focusing on the mathematics, discourse, environment and assessment;
- work with a diverse range of students individually, in small groups and in large class settings with guidance from and in collaboration with mathematics education professionals;
- analyze and evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of their teaching;
- develop and communicate a disposition toward teaching mathematics that mirrors its importance.
The doctoral program builds on the previous work to produce individuals with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to prepare beginning teachers, master teachers and professional educators and to produce research that furthers the knowledge base in the teaching and learning of mathematics.
Students are required to develop a mastery of mathematics that will give them credibility with a mathematics department (usually at least a 18 hours of graduate level mathematics), to develop knowledge of the mathematics curriculum and pedagogy pre-K through 16, and to gain a knowledge of the current status of research in the teaching and learning of mathematics.