Teaching of Mathematics (MTM)
Note: Admissions have been suspended for January 2016.
Candidates interested in Mathematics Education research are advised to apply to study this area within the MSc program in the Department or in the Concordia Individualized Program (INDI). For further information, please contact the Program Director.
The Master in the Teaching of Mathematics (MTM) is an academic program in mathematics education. Its aims are threefold: to improve the professionalism of secondary school teachers; to prepare college mathematics teachers, and to prepare researchers in mathematics education.
MTM students are:
- Exposed to advanced mathematics taught by professional mathematicians
- Introduced to current theories, research methods and research results in mathematics education
- Encouraged to reflect on and critically evaluate general and specific aspects of mathematical pedagogy at secondary and college levels
- Trained in conducting research, presenting their research orally in a professional manner, and writing research reports in mathematics education
All students are encouraged to conduct research, but those who aim mainly at improving their teaching or preparing to teach at the college level are advised to focus on the mathematical content courses, and include three or more advanced mathematics courses within their program. Students who are interested in pursuing their studies at the doctoral level are advised to conduct a more disciplined and rigorous research and write a thesis, under the guidance of a supervisor and committee members. The topic and the research questions are developed together with the student, starting from his or her interests and own questions about the practice or theory of mathematics teaching and learning.
Research interests of faculty associated with the Master/Magisteriate in the Teaching of Mathematics program (M.T.M.) include the following areas:
- philosophy and epistemology of mathematics, theories of understanding in mathematics
- problem solving
- technology in mathematics education
- institutional aspects of mathematics teaching
- affective issues in mathematics teaching and learning
- teaching and learning of linear algebra
- pre-service elementary mathematics teacher education.
Students may enter one of the three options below. The choice of the option, the selection of courses and the topic of the thesis, must be approved by the Graduate Program Director.
- MTM with Thesis (Option A)
- MTM with Project (Option B)
- MTM with Courses (Option C)
Admission Requirements. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in Mathematics, or equivalent. Qualified applicants requiring prerequisite courses may be required to take up to 12 undergraduate credits in addition to and as a part of the regular graduate program. Promising candidates who lack the equivalent of an Honours degree in Mathematics may be admitted after having completed a qualifying program.
Students must also meet Concordia's minimum English language proficiency requirements.
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Priority will be given to those who apply within the official deadlines listed above. Some programs may continue to accept applications after these deadlines. For more information, please contact the department.
MTM courses fall into six categories:
- Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME)
- Didactics of Mathematics (DM)
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
- Research in Mathematics Education (RME)
- Mathematics content courses (MC)
- Thesis or Extended Project (T/P)
Teaching and Research Assistantships are available through the Department. Students with teaching assistantships are assigned duties each semester, such as marking and/or tutoring and/or teaching, which presupposes fluency in English. Applications for financial assistance are usually processed through the M.T.M. Program Director. The research projects in mathematics education now under way in the Department are concerned with the problems of teaching and learning mathematics at the university level. They are conducted by Dr. Anna Sierpinska and Dr. Nadia Hardy. Students interested in writing their theses or projects in relation to this area are welcome to join the research teams and work as assistants.
In addition, all graduate students are eligible for Faculty/departmental funds to support conference travel and conference organization. Contact the Graduate Program Assistant for more information.
The Concordia University Library subscribes to more than 80 mathematics and statistics journals and has reciprocal lending arrangements with the other three universities in Montreal. The University's Computer Centre offers excellent computing facilities on both campuses, through its research computers with their extensive software support. Additionally, the Department itself has a variety of personal computers and workstations, connected via ethernet and supporting a wide range of mathematical and text-editing software. Most full-time graduate students are provided with office space inside the Department. The common rooms are shared by faculty and students to facilitate academic and social contact.
Concordia University, one of the two English-language universities in Montreal, is located on two campuses: the Sir George Williams campus in downtown Montreal, and the Loyola campus in the west end of the city. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is based on the Sir George Williams downton campus, on the 9th floor of the Library building.
Montreal is home to four universities and has a rich and cosmopolitan cultural life; virtually every international community is represented here. Concordia graduate students come from every part of the world, making for an enriching international work environment. Montreal is noted for its dynamic cultural life, its wide selection of sporting and recreational activities, safe environment, attractive residential neighbourhoods and a lively atmosphere. It is in close proximity to many other major centres in Canada and the U.S., as well as attractive vacationing areas.