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Elizabeth City State University
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Elizabeth City State University

Program Description

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers a Master of Science Degree in Mathematics with a Concentration in Applied Mathematics, Remote Sensing, Mathematics Education, and Community College Teaching. The program provides a broad base of formal course work and research in mathematics, and requires students to complete a thesis or action research project. The Applied Mathematics concentration provides the depth required for preparation for further graduate study or careers in industry. The Remote Sensing concentration provides instruction in active and passive remote sensing techniques and applications. In order to satisfy the thesis requirement, students may select expository or original research topics in mathematics education, pure or applied mathematics, including investigations involving statistics or computer applications. Individuals pursuing the Mathematics Education concentration must have a current "A" teaching license issued by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The Mathematics Education concentration instills the pedagogical content knowledge required for teaching at the secondary level. Graduates of the Mathematics Education concentration will emerge with an advance "M" license and will be equipped with the tools necessary to serve as leaders in the evaluation of curricula and in the development and implementation of professional development programs. The Community College concentration provides the content and pedagogical knowledge necessary to teach at the community college level. Graduates will be well versed in educational research methods and assessment techniques. The selection and completion of a thesis/actions research topic will be overseen by a faculty advisor together with a thesis committee. A total of 36 credit hours is required to complete the degree. The program is designed for completion in four to six semesters, depending on whether or not students enroll full-time.