Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the MAT-Mathematics?
A: Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics. There are two options: (a) the non-thesis option requires 36 semester hours of coursework, and (b) the thesis option requires 24 semester hours of coursework plus 6 semester hours of credits for the thesis.
Q: What is different about the MAT Program for In-service Teachers?
A: This program is a part-time master's program. Classes are held in the evenings.
Q: Do I have to be a certified math teacher?
A: No. The program is specially designed for high-school mathematics teachers with at least two years of teaching experience. If you are not certified, you are encouraged to obtain a teaching certificate in Mathematics upon completion of the program. Please consult the College of Education about getting your certification.
Q: Is there a minimum skill level I should have coming into the program?
A: You should have at least taken and passed Calculus II with a B. You need to have a reasonably strong foundation in mathematics to cope with the content courses in this program.
Q: If I am a middle-school mathematics teacher interested to pursue a master degree to enhance my career but I do not have at least a "B" in Calculus II, what should I do?
A. There are two options:
1. apply for the Master of Education Instructional Specialist - Mathematics Education program offered by the College of Education (http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=21573), or
2. take leveling courses and get at least a "B" for Calculus II, and then apply for the MAT-Mathematics for In-Service Teachers program. We recommend the second option if you intend to teach mathematics at the high-school level.
Q: Where can I apply?
A: You must apply through UTEP's Graduate School.
Please read the application procedure on this website.
Q: How much will an application cost?
A: The Graduate School charges a $45 application fee.
Q: Do I need to take the GRE?
Q: I am interested in the program, but I may not be able to take some of the courses when they are offered. Should I still apply?
A: This program expects a serious commitment from you and your employer to set aside the time to take the sequence of UTEP courses as scheduled and to arrive to classes on time. Not taking a course at the scheduled time might delay your graduation because certain courses are offered once every two years.
Q: Is it possible for me to take oce course instead of two for certain semesters?
Q: If I have questions, who should I contact?
A: Contact one the graduate advisors: Dr. Kien Lim at email@example.com, or Dr. Helmut Knaust at firstname.lastname@example.org.