If you teach or want to teach mathematics at a community college, consider what Ball State’s online master of arts (MA) in post-secondary foundational mathematics teaching can do for your career and your classroom:

  • You can continue to teach while you pursue the degree because our program is offered 100 percent online.
  • You’ll learn to effectively teach general education mathematics courses that are not calculus-based at the community college level.
  • You’ll have the reward of helping students find first-year success in a subject that can often be the stumbling block that keeps them from earning their degrees.
  • As you guide your students to first-year success, they’ll have a better chance of finishing their degrees, graduating on time, and continuing studies toward a four-year degree.
  • You’ll be part of one of the few programs across the country that focuses on teaching math to adult learners.

Other Program Features

  • Ball State’s program combines topics in math content, math pedagogy, and the needs of adult learners like yourself, all of which are important components of programs for community college instructors.
  • Our online graduate education programs are ranked 11th in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • You can complete the program in 18 months to two years as a full-time student. But if you are teaching full time in a community college and want to attend part time, you can finish in 2½  to 3 years, by taking about one course each semester.

Academic Advisor

Ann Leitze, mathematics education professor
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Recent U.S. labor market data show that the MA in post-secondary foundational mathematics teaching is a career in demand:

  • The U.S. Department of Education reports that there’s an inadequate pipeline of teachers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.
  • The White House challenged the nation in 2013 to recruit 100,000 new effective STEM teachers over the next decade.
  • Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development (IDWD) projects a 15.4 percent growth in postsecondary mathematical science teachers by 2020.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, projects nearly 17,000 openings for postsecondary math teachers due to growth and replacements.
  • An increasing number of professionals are transitioning to mathematics teaching careers at community colleges from positions outside of education, and do not have secondary teaching experience, according to a study by Kathy Rogotzke at Iowa State University.

José Contreras has been an associate professor at Ball State since 2010. Before coming to campus, he taught at the University of Southern Mississippi for 14 years. His years of teaching experience include seven years as a high school math teacher. His areas of expertise include teacher education, teaching and learning with technology, geometry education, theories of learning mathematics, and history of mathematics. Contreras earned his PhD in mathematics education from The Ohio State University.

Annette Leitze is professor of mathematics education at Ball State and teaches mathematics content and pedagogy to pre-service and in-service teachers. She worked with pre-service and in-service teachers in urban schools for 12 years as director of the Ball State University Urban Semester program, a program that has won two national awards. Leitze has taught math at the middle school, high school, and university level. Her current interests’ include online education, teaching through problem solving, mathematics curriculum and instruction, number concepts, and number theory. Leitze earned her PhD in mathematics education from Indiana University.

Kay Roebuck is professor of mathematics and has worked in pre-service and in-service teacher preparation since arriving at Ball State in 1989. Her primary areas of expertise are in the integration of mathematics with other subject areas, especially science, and the development of algebraic thinking.

She has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on five major teacher development projects: three through the Eisenhower Program focusing on the integration of mathematics with science and technology for secondary teachers and two Mathematics Science Partnership programs with elementary teachers on algebraic reasoning.  Roebuck earned a PhD in mathematics education from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where she taught for six years.

Kathryn Shafer is associate professor of mathematics education and teaches mathematics research methods, action research, technology for mathematics teachers, and probability and statistics courses at the graduate level. Before coming to Ball State in 2008, she taught at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, and at middle school and high school settings in Illinois. Since coming to Ball State she has received the Outstanding Distance Education Teaching Award, named one of four Online Faculty Fellows, and appointed to an Online Education Task Force. Shafer holds a PhD in mathematics education from Western Michigan University.

Sheryl Stump is professor of mathematics, teaching undergraduate and graduate classes for prospective and practicing teachers and designing curriculum. Since coming to Ball State in 1996, her research and scholarship have focused on the development of teachers’ knowledge for teaching mathematics through problem solving and inquiry. Some of her work has focused on algebra, and she is devoted to fostering a more dynamic and meaningful understanding of concepts and symbols. Stump is also interested in mathematics teacher leadership and has worked with colleagues across the state to study and promote the work of elementary mathematics specialists. She taught high school math for six years in New Mexico and New York. She completed her PhD in mathematics education from Illinois State University.

Jerry Woodward is assistant professor and has taught in the middle school, high school, and university classroom. His many areas of expertise include additive reasoning, multiplicative, reasoning, algebraic reasoning, learning theory, pre-service and practicing teacher education, inquiry-based pedagogy, and STEM education. He holds an Indiana teaching license in mathematics for grades 5-12 and a computer endorsement for grades K-12. Woodward earned his PhD in mathematics education from Purdue University.

Anticipated Course Schedule 

View a schedule of course offerings through summer 2019.

Course Requirements

The master of arts in post-secondary foundational mathematics teaching consists of 30 credits. It is not a licensure program.

All courses are offered in an asynchronous format, meaning there is no specific sign-on time each week. Instead, you have weekly assignments and deadlines that you complete at times and places most convenient to you.

Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (18 credits)

  • MATH 514 Algebraic Reasoning for Elementary, Middle School and Foundational Mathematics Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 517 Number Concepts and Number Theory for Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 518 Rational Numbers and Proportionality for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Math Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 519 Quantitative Reasoning for Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 542 Geometry and Measurement for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Mathematics Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 623 Probability, Data Analysis, and Statistical Reasoning (3 credits)

Research and Pedagogical Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (9 credits)

  • MATH 631 Technology for Mathematics Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 693 Teaching Mathematics through Problem Solving (3 credits)
  • MATH 694 Research Methods in Mathematics Education (3 credits)

Pedagogical Knowledge for Teaching Adults (Choose 3 credits)

  • EDAC 634 The Adult as a Learner (3 credits)
  • EDAC 635 Strategies for Teaching Adults (3 credits)

For course descriptions and prerequisites, view the Mathematical Sciences section of the current Ball State Graduate Catalog.

Ready to Apply?

Your first step in taking program courses is to apply and meet the admission requirements of the Ball State Graduate School.

Once you are admitted, the program advisor will contact you and request documentation that you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Have a current teaching license and at least one year of teaching experience.
  2. Be currently teaching at a community college.
  3. Have permission of the chair of the Ball State Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Application

Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.

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