• Program Description

    The Holland School of Science and Mathematics at Hardin-Simmons University offers a Master of Science in Mathematics (M.S.) degree, which is specifically designed to meet the needs of career high school mathematics teachers.

    Classes When You Need Them

    Realizing that the working teacher has many professional and family obligations, the program has been designed to fit a teacher’s yearly routine.

    The majority of the course work will be offered during three consecutive summers and are hybrid in nature. While maintaining a good bit of flexibility to fit each class, students meet on campus for three or four days at the beginning of the summer semesters to build relationships with the program faculty and other graduate students. During the summer, lectures and instructional material will be online with scheduled online meetings. In these online meetings, students will present their work and learn from each other. Ample online meetings with faculty are also scheduled. At the end of the summer semester, students again meet on campus for two or three days to present final projects, intensive reviewing for the final, and taking the final exam.

    During the traditional school year, our students typically take one class during the fall and one class during the spring. Again lectures and instructional material are online with scheduled online meetings. To meet the schedule of high school teachers, faculty will also schedule online office hours during the evenings and weekends.

    Example of a Summer Schedule

    The specific dates will vary depending on the calendar year, the teaching faculty and the students in the program.

    Start of the Summer Semester 2014

    Meet on campus June 16, 17, and 18
    We will address technology concerns and have 18 hours of class time.

    Middle of the Semester

    At home
    Students will meet once or twice a week online with the entire class, online meetings with working teams, and view lectures and other online material.

    A significant amount of time is needed to work on the classes during this middle part of the course.

    End of the Semester

    Back on campus August 6, 7, and 8
    Students will give final presentations and take the course final.

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