Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Teaching of Mathematics, Master of Arts


The Department of Mathematics is currently not accepting students into the Master of Arts in Teaching of Mathematics program. For more information, please contact the Department of Mathematics.

Admission Procedures

Students must submit an application to the University for admission (or readmission) with graduate standing, and official transcripts of all previous college work in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Graduate Admissions section of the University Catalog. If the student is currently enrolled as a post-baccalaureate student, he/she must obtain a Request for Postbaccalaureate/Graduate Change of Objective form from the department office and submit it to the program's Graduate Coordinator.

Admission Requirements

The student will qualify for admission to the program if he/she:

  1. has a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. (See the University Catalog for requirements of graduates of non-accredited institutions.);
  2. has completed two years of teaching and is currently teaching mathematics in a California school;
  3. has a California Single Subject Credential in Mathematics or
  4. is eligible for a California Single Subject Credential in Mathematics or
  5. has completed a major in mathematics or
  6. has completed, with an average grade of "B" or better, 20 semester units in college level mathematics and passed a department administered entrance examination;
  7. has submitted three letters of recommendation, including one from the principal at the applicant's school;
  8. has completed a successful interview with the program's Graduate Coordinator and representatives from the department's mathematics education faculty;
  9. has achieved a TOEFL score of 550 (for those applicants who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction);
  10. has a grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in his/her last 60 semester units of upper division course work; lower division courses taken after obtaining the bachelor's degree and extension courses, (except CSU Dominguez Hills upper division resident extension courses or the equivalent on other campuses), will be excluded from the calculation; and
  11. is in good standing at the last college attended.

Graduate Standing: Conditionally Classified

To qualify for admission with a graduate degree objective, students must meet the admission requirements for postbaccalaureate unclassified standing as well as any additional requirements of the particular program. Students who apply to a graduate degree program but who do not satisfy all program requirements may be admitted to conditionally classified status. Program coordinators will outline all conditions for attainment of classified status.

Graduate Standing: Classified

Students applying for master's degree programs will be admitted in classified status if they meet all program admission requirements.

Classified standing as a graduate student is granted by the academic unit to which the student is applying. Classified standing is normally granted when all prerequisites have been satisfactorily completed for admission to a master's degree program. Students must have classified standing to qualify for Advancement to Candidacy.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

All graduate students entering the University in the Fall of 1983 or thereafter are required to satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment requirement (GWAR) in accordance with the established policies of the university. Students must satisfy the requirements before being Advanced to Candidacy. (See "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" section of the University Catalog.

Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement to candidacy recognizes that the student has demonstrated the ability to sustain a level of scholarly competency commensurate with successful completion of degree requirements. Upon advancement to candidacy, the student is cleared for the final stages of the graduate program which, in addition to any remaining course work, will include the thesis, project, or comprehensive examination.

Following are the requirements for Advancement to Candidacy:

  1. A minimum of 15 resident units
  2. Classified standing
  3. An approved Program of Study
  4. Successful completion of the GWAR
  5. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all courses taken as a graduate student
  6. No grade lower than a "C" in the degree program

Advancement to Candidacy must be certified on the appropriate form to the Graduate Dean by the department prior to the final semester, prior to the semester of the comprehensive exams, and prior to enrolling in thesis or project.

Acceptable Progress and Graduation Requirements

The following are specific graduation requirements which must be met to earn this graduate degree:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 30 semester units of approved graduate work within five years. An extension of time may be granted if warranted by individual circumstances and if the outdated work is validated by such means as examination, independent study, continuing education, relevant additional course work, or by such other demonstration of competence and/or currency as deemed acceptable by the Graduate Coordinator and mathematics education faculty.

Distribution pattern of the 30 units:

  1. at least 16 semester units will be completed in residence after admission to graduate standing in the program;
  2. not more than 4 semester units of Graduate Seminar in Mathematics Education (MAT 590 Graduate Seminar in Mathematics Education) can be used to meet graduation requirements;
  3. not more than 9 semester units may have been earned from approved extension and/or transfer course credit; and
  4. upon approval by the Graduate coordinator and representatives from the mathematics education faculty, courses taken previously may be used to meet the course content requirements if they have been completed within the five years immediately preceding the completion of the requirements of the degree. However, no courses (with the exception of GED 500 Research Methods in Education) previously used to meet their requirements of another degree may apply toward the required number of 30 semester units of approved graduate work.
  5. achievement of a grade point average of 3.0 or better in all courses taken to satisfy the requirements for the degree, except that an approved course in which no letter grade is assigned shall not be used in computing the grade point average;
  6. satisfactory completion of the research project, or passing all parts of the comprehensive exam The subject of the research project will depend upon that which is educationally most appropriate to the student and mathematics education. The research project is equivalent in rigor to the thesis, will be supervised by a committee of three faculty, and may include an oral defense or presentation as part of the culminating experience;
  7. satisfactory completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR); and
  8. filing of an application for the award of the Master's degree.

Upon completion of the CSU Dominguez Hills' graduation requirements, award of the graduate degree must be approved bythe program, the school dean, and the faculty of the University.

Degree Requirements (30 -36 units)

The Master of Arts Degree in Mathematics requires completion of 30 units of course work and one of the following:

  1. Passing score on a comprehensive written examination. After completion of all course work or during the last semester of course work, the MAT degree candidate may apply to take the comprehensive examination. There is only one retake opportunity.
  2. Completion of an approved thesis or creative project (MAT 599 Masters Project). Students must have the approval of a faculty thesis advisor prior to enrolling for thesis credit.
Core Courses
MAT 500Mathematics Education Research Design and Statistics3
MAT 515Topics in Advanced Finite Math3
MAT 522Foundations of Algebraic Thinking3
MAT 543Advanced Problem Solving3
MAT 545History of Math Education3
MAT 557Research in Math Education I3
MAT 559Research in Math Education II3
Select one of the following options:9
Middle School Mathematics Option:
Foundations of Geometric Thinking
Foundations of Mathematical Structures
Foundations of Rational Numbers
High School Mathematics Option:
Geometry For Teachers
Theory of Function
Algebraic Structures for Teachers
Culminating Activity
Select one of the following:0-6
Masters Project
Comprehensive Exam
Total Hours30-36