Degree – Master of Science in Secondary Education, MSEd
Concentration: Mathematics

Description of Program

The Master of Science in Secondary Education (MSEd) degree program offers endorsements in 14 areas. Graduates are prepared for advanced preparation to serve as teachers or practitioners in various educational capacities. The endorsement in Mathematics focuses on the interdisciplinary teaching of mathematics educators in elementary, junior and senior high schools, and junior colleges.

Learning Outcomes

  • Strengthen the attributes of mathematics teachers in proficiency in the field
  • Develop skill in oral and written communication of mathematics
  • Apply knowledge in an intellectual environment in which teaching and learning flourish together

Admission Requirements:

Students applying for entrance to the Master of Science in Secondary Education in Mathematics Education are required to submit an application for admission, Apply Online (

  • Educator License
  • two letters of recommendation
  • official transcript from an accredited school (if a student has attended more than one school, transcripts must be submitted from all schools attended). At least one transcript must document the student has a bachelor’s degree.
  • Immunization record

Decisions are made only after receipt of all credentials by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science admission committee. The department uses an admission formula to accept students. The entire application packet, including all supporting materials, must be submitted to the Graduate School.


A Standard Educator License in a teaching area is required for admission to programs in the Master of Science in Secondary Education with the exception of certificate programs.

Degree Requirements:

The curriculum for the Master of Science in Secondary Education in Mathematics Education requires 33 credit hours of coursework and passing required exit exams for degree completion. Students complete 12 hours of required core credits,18 hours of required course credits, and 3 hours of electives.

Graduation expectations require the following:

  • A minimum of 27 credit hours of graduate instruction must be completed in residence at Alcorn State University
  • Earn no more than two Cs in coursework
  • Successfully pass the Core Exit Exam
  • Successfully pass the Area Exit Exam according to content area
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credits accepted by the University

Academic advisors are allowed to accept up to six semester credit hours earned at an accredited university with a grade of “B” or higher for graduate coursework completed. Substitutions of coursework are allowed with the approval of an advisor and department administrators up to nine hours if the substitution(s) meet curriculum requirements.

See Transfer of Credits Policy for additional information.
See the Substitution of Courses Policy for additional information.

Academic Track: Exit Exams

Students pursuing a Master of Science in Secondary Education must pass a Core Examination and Area Examination to exit.

Master Degree Audit:

Before candidacy for graduation can be confirmed, each student progression to degree completion will be evaluated to determine if student has met all academic requirements for course work and other aspects of the student’s course of study and Graduate School requirements. When these requirements are met, the student is cleared for graduation.

Time to Degree Completion

Alcorn’s time to degree completion policy allows 6 years to complete the mathematics education program. Degree completion depends on the pace a student completes the curriculum. If the time exceeds six years, the student must petition the Graduate School to consider an appeal for more time to degree completion.

See the Student Academic Appeals Policy for Expiration of Timeline for additional requirements

Degree Plan and Course Sequence

Core Education Courses (12 Hours)
ED 512 Foundations of American Education
ED 514 Methods of Educational Research
ED 533 Curriculum Development
PH 513 Advanced Educational Psychology

Approved Electives (18 Hours)
MA 501 Introduction to Analysis
MA 502 Logic, Sets and Foundation of Math
MA 503 Abstract Algebra I
MA 504 Axiomatic Geometry
MA 515 General Topology
MA 585 Methods of Teaching Mathematics

Electives (at least one course in algebra) 3-6 Hours
MA 511 Introduction to Analysis II
MA 512 Complex Variables
MA 513 Abstract Algebra II
MA 514 Synthetic Projective Geometry
MA 516 Linear Algebra
MA 560 Modern Topics in Mathematics

For More Information Contact:
Dr. Ping Zhang ▪ 601.877.6431 ▪
[email protected] (Department of Mathematics and Computer Science)