Certificate in Mathematics for Advanced Secondary Instruction


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The Certificate in Mathematics for Advanced Secondary Instruction (GC-MASI) is a sequence mathematics courses at the 4000- or 6000-level that develop the mathematical knowledge required to teach an early-college mathematics course (e.g., College Algebra, Precalculus with Trigonometry, Calculus, Probability and Statistics, or other). Candidates will be prepared to teach college-level material with a profound understanding of the mathematical content, and they will be familiar with a variety of strategies and technologies that support content mastery.


Inquiries concerning MASI should be directed by e-mail to Prof. James Madden (Dr. Madden's website is here).

Program Prerequisites

Applicants should have completed at least three undergraduate mathematics courses beyond calculus and should have at least a year of experience teaching high school mathematics. Applicants who do not meet these prerequisites may be admitted with the approval of the MASI Director.

Program Requirements

GC-MASI requires at least 18 hours of graduate credit in designated courses. At least 9 hours must be at 6000 level or above. The LSU Department of Mathematics offers courses specifically for GC-MASI under the catalog listings MATH 4999, MATH 6303, and MATH 6893. (Courses with these numbers may be repeated for credit when the Math Department certifies that topics do not overlap.) GC-MASI courses are offered in a format that is accessible to practicing teachers (e.g., evenings, with the possibility of remote participation). With the director's approval, 3 hours of credit in a mathematics intensive course in another field such as computer science or statistics may be applied toward the GC-MASI. For these requirements, students may take MATH 4999 (up to 9 hours), MATH 6303 (up to 9 hours), MATH 6983 (up to 9 hours), and other courses at the 4000-level or higher with the director's approval.