Beginning in Fall, 2008, we are offering the degree of Master of Science with tracks in Teaching and Applied Mathematics. The Teaching Option is designed for teachers and aspiring teachers with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics or Mathematics Education who wish to obtain an advanced degree that will make them more qualified and marketable as mathematics teachers at the high school and junior college level. This would also be appropriate for those seeking to enroll in a doctoral program in Mathematics Education or Mathematics. The major elements of the program are (i) mathematics education courses that are specifically designed to address current needs of teachers of secondary mathematics in Georgia and (ii) advanced mathematics courses which promote a greater depth of understanding of concepts relevant to in-class teaching. The Department of Mathematics has graduate faculty with expertise in Mathematics Education and Mathematics who will lead the students in these areas. This does not lead to initial certification, but for those who enter the program with Teacher Certification, this program leads to T5-Certification. The Applied Option is designed for those who seek enhanced employment opportunities in industry, government, or two-year college teaching, as well as those who desire to enter a doctoral program. Mathematics has always played an important roll in understanding and predicting real-world phenomena, and that roll has increased rapidly as many areas of technology and science have advanced in recent years. There has also been an increase in new areas of mathematics used to model these phenomena. A wealth of applications can be found in areas such as economics, biology, computation, social and management sciences, and engineering. The Department of Mathematics at the University of West Georgia has a strong contingent of faculty in applied areas.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission