Jun 04, 2023  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics Education (6-12), M.A.T.

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This major shares core requirements with the M.A.T. in Middle Grades Mathematics (5-9).

Contact Information

College: Education
Department: Teaching and Learning

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The M.A.T. in Mathematics Education (6-12) is designed for individuals seeking initial certification to teach High School or Middle School mathematics (grades 6-12) while working towards a Master’s degree. It is planned for graduates of B.A. Liberal Arts Mathematics programs or for graduates of other programs who have completed at least 30 credit hours of mathematics courses that include six (6) hours of calculus, three (3) hours of linear or abstract algebra, three (3) hours of number theory.

Please be advised that program and/or course requirements are subject to change per state legislative mandates, Florida Department of Education program approval standards and accreditation criteria.

Accreditation: Accredited by the Florida Department of Education, and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Meet one of the following criteria:
    • Have completed 21 credit hours in mathematics at or above the level of college algebra and a passing score on the Florida Subject Area Exam in Mathematics 6-12 (FTCE)
    • have completed at least 30 credit hours in mathematics at or above the level of College Algebra
    • Passed the Florida General Knowledge Test (GKT). For the graduate level teacher preparation programs, GRE scores of 150 (48th percentile) verbal and 156 (60th percentile) quantitative or higher, taken within the last five years may be accepted in place of GKT, for admission to the program.

For admission to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree program, the student must demonstrate mastery of general knowledge by one of the following:

* Passing the General Knowledge Test, a portion of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (link to http://www.fldoe.org/accountability/assessments/postsecondary-assessment/ftce)
* Effective for tests administered on or after July 1, 2015, achievement of passing scores, as identified in Rule 6A-4.0021(12), F.A.C., on test sections of the GRE® revised General Test GRE Analytical Writing combined score of 4 out of 6 acceptable for GK Essay GRE Quantitative Reasoning scaled score of 147 acceptable for GK Mathematics GRE Verbal Reasoning scaled score of 151 acceptable for both GK English Language Skills and GK Reading

During the 2014 Legislative Session, the passage of House Bill 433 amended s. 1012.56, FS, to eliminate the obsolete option of achieving a passing score on the CLAST earned prior to July 1, 2002, to satisfy the general knowledge requirement.

International Students
In addition to the University requirements, applicants to the College of Education must provide the following:

  • A social security number in degree programs requiring practica or internships;
  • Other information as required by the major of interest, (e.g. Graduate Record Exam scores, etc.).

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours:  40 Credit Hours

  • Shared Core Requirements - 9 Credit Hours
  • Additional Required Courses - 6 Credit Hours
  • Trends - 3 Credit Hours
  • Specialization - 12 Credit Hours
  • Practicum/Internship - 10 Credit Hours

Students without appropriate ESOL training and/or a measurement course must complete graduate course(s) to satisfy those two program prerequisites. Students admitted without a 30-hour mathematics background will have to take undergraduate course work to insure that their background reflects at least:

  • 6 hours of Calculus
  • 3 hours of linear algebra or abstract algebra
  • 3 hours of Number Theory or Discrete Mathematics
  • 3 hours of geometry
  • 3 hours of History of Mathematics
  • 3 hours of Probability or Statistics

Any pre-requisite undergraduate credit hours taken will not apply to the minimum curriculum requirements for the Major.

Additional Required Courses (6 Credit Hours)

Current Trends in Teaching Concentration (3 Credit Hours)

Specialization Requirements (12 Credit Hours Minimum)

Students may waive up to 6 hours of course credit based upon approval of their academic advisor and the Department. (Other coursework would be taken in lieu of the 6 hours)

Practicum, Internship, Field Work, etc. (10 Credit Hours)


All portions of the General Knowledge Test (GK) of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) must be passed prior to internship. Both the Mathematics 6 – 12 test and the Professional Education test of the FCTE must be passed prior to completion of internship

Comprehensive Examination:

Passing a comprehensive exam is required prior to graduation. Students should contact their academic advisor to make arrangements to take the comprehensive exam in last fall or spring semester it can only be taken while enrolled in at least 2 credits. Making these arrangements two semesters prior to graduation is advised.

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