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MSc in Mathematics Education

Offered by the Department of Mathematics

Objectives

The MSc / Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics Education is a professional development program for in service teachers in mathematics in the middle and upper school and it prepares prospective teachers to teach Mathematics in the middle and upper school. It has a strong emphasis on Mathematics content and the role of psychology in the teaching and learning of mathematics. It is designed to provide necessary skills, including the use of manipulatives and ICT in the classroom, and content knowledge for Mathematics teachers who are in service as well as recent graduates who wish to embark on a rewarding career teaching Mathematics here or abroad. It provides opportunities for in service teachers to reflect on their existing practice and engage in extended academic study to support their practice and their continuing professional development.

Eligibility

Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) from a recognized university with Pure Mathematics or Applied Mathematics as a subject

OR

any other equivalent qualification acceptable to the senate of the University of Colombo.

The candidates will be selected based on an interview and/or examination.

Course Fees

LKR 200,000/-

Application Fee: LKR 3,000/-
Course Fee: 200,000/- (Subject to change)

*The course fee cannot be paid as installments. However, students are eligible for Bank Ceylon Student Loan system. Please contact Bank of Ceylon, Thummulla Branch for more details.


Tentative dates

Call for Applications: 06 April 2020
Commencement: 15 August 2020

Programme Duration

The duration of the entire program is 02 years (4 semesters).

Programme Structure

The MSc program consists of coursework (24C) and guided independent study (6C).

PART I:

First Semester

Course Module Name Details
MME 5001 Foundations of Education 15L, 1C
MME 5002 Stochastic Calculus for Finance 30L, 2C
MPM 5005 Introduction to Abstract Mathematics 30L, 2C
MPM 5002 Perspectives in Geometry and Vectors 30L, 2C
MME 5007* Laboratory on Mathematical Software and Manipulatives 60P, 2C

Second Semester

Course Module Name Details
MPM 5001 Perspectives in Algebra 30L, 2C
MME 5005 Methodology of Teaching and Learning Mathematics 30L, 2C
MAM 5001 Perspectives in Classical Mechanics 30L, 2C
MAM 5001 Perspectives in Classical Mechanics 30L, 2C
MME 5007* Laboratory on Mathematical Software and Manipulatives 60P, 2C

Third Semester

Course Module Name Details
MPM 5009 Perspectives in Analysis 45L, 3C
MAM 5002 Statistical Methods 15L, 1C
MPM 5008 History of Mathematics 30L, 2C
MPM 5006 Complex Algebra 15L, 1C
MPM 5010 Problem Solving in Mathematics 30L, 2C
MME 5003 Mathematics Education Seminar 1C

One of the following Optional Modules

Course Module Name Details
MAM 5003 Mathematical Modelling 30L, 2C
MAM 5004 Mathematical Methods 30L, 2C
MAM 5005 Combinatorics and Probability 30L, 2C
MME 5006 Use of Information Technology and Manipulatives in Mathematics Education 15L 30P, 2C

PART II: Fourth Semester

Course Module Name Details
MME 5009 Contemporary Theories and Methodologies in Mathematics Education 2C
MME 5010 Literature Review 3C

Evaluation Criteria

All the theory course modules will be evaluated by written examinations and/or assignments where appropriate. Laboratory course modules will be evaluated by a continuous assessment and/or end of the semester examination. Guided independent study course modules (MME 5003, MME 5009, and MME 5010) will be evaluated though written assignments and/or presentations.

Degree Awarding Criteria

Students are required to offer 30 credits consisting of all the core modules and one of the optional modules with 2 credits. Those who obtain a GPA of not less than 2.5 for Part I of the program will be allowed to proceed to Part II of the program. Students who fail to obtain a GPA of 2.5 but maintain a GPA of not less than 2.00 in Part I will be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics Education.

The students who proceed to Part II are eligible for the award of MSc in Mathematics Education if they obtain a GPA of 2.5 or above for the whole program. In addition to this, the general guidelines of the Faculty of Science are applicable to the award of the MSc and the Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics Education.

Further Information

Further information regarding the MSc Program can be obtained by contacting the program coordinator

Contact details of theĀ  Program coordinator are as follows.

Name Email Phone No Mobile No
Dr. Chanakya Wijeratne cjw@maths.cmb.ac.lk 0768036233