Mathematics - Elementary & Middle School Mathematics Education
Our Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Education graduate sequence is designed for those who are teaching or plan to teach at the elementary or middle school level.
A total of 32 hours of courses, with at least 24 in mathematics, are required. Fifteen hours must be at the 400 level, including at least 10 in mathematics. Either a written comprehensive examination or an approved thesis with no more than six credit hours in MAT 499 is required. All electives are subject to approval by the department's graduate committee.
University Admission Requirements
A student applying to a master's program must:
- have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
- have a minimum 2.8 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work
- present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. Transcripts can be emailed from the university to Admissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Office of Admissions, 201 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 2200, Normal, IL 61790-2200
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
A student applying to this program must:
- have a minimal mathematics background of three semesters of Calculus, one semester of Linear Algebra, and four quantitative courses above the Calculus/Linear Algebra level (for example, advanced mathematics, finance, statistics, econometrics, etc). If it is not clear from your transcripts that you have this background, please explain in your statement of purpose.
- upload a resume or C.V.
- upload a statement of purpose explaining your interest in pursuing a graduate degree in mathematics from Illinois State, how your academic and professional goals align, and what you hope to achieve as a graduate student in mathematics. If your background is not in mathematics, please explain in your statement.
- include the name of at least one letter of recommendation. Two letters are required for those who would like to be considered for graduate assistantship and/or partial tuition waiver. Letters will be uploaded by the letter writers directly and should address academic ability and the ability to communicate mathematics.
- A GRE score is not required, but is required for securing department funding, such as a graduate assistantship in Mathematics or a partial tuition waiver. Competitive scores can help support your chances for admission.
- Fall (August) Term — March 1 for financial consideration (graduate assistantships, tuition waivers)
- Fall (August) Term — May 1
- Spring (January) Term — October 1
- Summer (May/June) Term — April 1 (funding is unavailable)
The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
- be admitted unconditionally as a degree-seeking student into a graduate academic program, or have a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours if in an integrated degree program
- be in good-standing
- be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, or at least 6 hours during the summer session).
Graduate assistants receive
- monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
- a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
- a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from continuous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.