All courses are based on a three-semester year and most students take two classes per semester. Courses run Tuesday evenings from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Classes do not meet on weeks of public school vacations. Every effort is made to accommodate the varied needs of our students.
Designed for middle school and high school math teachers and community college instructors seeking an advanced degree and Professional License, WPI’s Master of Mathematics for Educators will strengthen your content knowledge while complementing classroom activities and vocational demands.
The emphasis of the MME program is on advanced mathematics content, but you will also have opportunities to develop materials for your classroom, explore new technologies, and engage with faculty members and peers.
We strive to make our program convenient and economical for classroom teachers. Educators pursuing the degree receive a substantial discount off our standard graduate tuition. Effective in the fall of 2017, WPI will further reduce the cost of its MME program to $15,000, making it even more affordable for teachers to improve their math content knowledge and have a greater impact on their students.
All courses are offered both on-campus and online. It is possible for students to complete the degree requirements entirely online.
For more information, contact MME program director, John Goulet.
The MME requires 30 credit hours of work, including 24 credits in math content courses that will deepen your foundation in areas such as calculus, statistics, discrete math, geometry, and linear algebra. Courses offer a mix of theory and application—you’ll prove theorems but also explore interesting and unusual models and technologies. All courses are available online, where you may watch recorded class sessions and interact with others through discussion boards.
You will complete a 6-credit project in which you design, implement, and evaluate a mathematical technique or tool in your classroom. Previous students have implemented a flipped classroom model, investigated the use of cumulative teaching for student retention, and experimented with a dynamic geometry software program.
We seek to make the transition to graduate work as easy as possible for you. Application to the program is simple; it includes an application form, transcript(s), and 3 letters of reference. You do not need to submit GRE scores. You may apply anytime during the year and start during any semester.
I pose this question: if I dip a wire cage of a cube into soap bubbles, can I get a hexagon? These are questions I love posing to my students. Likewise, I appreciate all questions my students ask me, regardless of how ridiculous they may seem. Every question is worth asking and investigating, and WPI encourages this innovative way of thinking.
Teaching at WPI is a great opportunity to help incoming freshmen make the transition from high school to college as well as gain the pleasure and satisfaction that higher education can bring. Further, the WPI Plan is a unique approach to education, and John brings both enthusiasm and a special perspective as one of its first graduates. He appreciates the great people the students are and assists them into making mathematics a successful part of their start.
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