The culminating self-designed project helps you merge theory and practice by applying research in your field to your classroom lessons. The project is not a thesis nor an exam, but instead an activity designed to help you in the classroom. You will work closely with an advisor to create a project, implement it, and then assess and evaluate student learning.
Merging course and project work in mathematics and learning sciences, WPI’s Master of Science in Mathematics for Educators (MMED) enables classroom teachers to expand their mathematical expertise while creating more targeted and engaging learning environments for their students.
The program is designed for current middle school, high school, and community college mathematics educators who are seeking to obtain professional licensure in Massachusetts. All classes meet in the late afternoon and evening, and course content can be immediately applied in your own classroom.
The MMED program entails 30 credit hours of work, including three courses in learning sciences, five math content courses, and a culminating self-designed project.
You may select from a wide variety of courses in learning assessment and evaluation: delve into the foundations of learning theory, learn advanced qualitative and quantitative assessment methods, and explore current trends and topics in education. Math content courses are designed specifically for educators and enable you to hone your knowledge in advanced topics in areas including geometry, algebra, modeling, discrete math, and statistics.
Throughout your program of study, you will also learn about modern technologies and applications, including exercises that can be used to challenge and inspire your own students.
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.