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Graduate Degrees and Programs

The Online Electronic Catalog (OEC) is the university's official compilation for all curriculums. The OEC serves as the basis for major, minor, specialization, certificate, and program requirements for the academic year. For current policy and curriculum requirements refer to the CWU online catalog at You may choose the catalog that is appropriate for your program requirements, based on the quarter that you were accepted into your program. Some students may be using more than one catalog to meet general education and major requirements.

A student should expect to meet the specific requirements of the departments listed in the OEC that is current at the time he or she is accepted by the department into the major or minor program. Graduate students admitted to the master's degree program may use the catalog they are admitted under or the current one. A student should expect to complete general education requirements as listed in the OEC current at the time of first enrollment at either Central or a community college in the state of Washington provided he or she transfers directly to CWU from the community college and has not attended another four-year institution.

Masters of Arts for Teachers

The CWU 3 X 6 Summer MAT Program is designed to be completed in three consecutive summers. During each of the three summers students participate in an intensive six-week program. Their classes emphasize the theory and practice of mathematics and the theory and practice of teaching mathematics. Participants generally feel free to pour themselves into their work during each summer session, because that time is fully dedicated to learning. Additionally, MAT students are often asked to present theory or applications in preparation for teaching their own students.

Courses in Game Theory, Mathematical Recreations, and Fractal Geometry complement core courses in geometry, calculus, analysis and algebra. Pedagogy classes focus on problem solving and the use of technology among other topics, but teaching concerns are not limited to the pedagogy classes; participants find a welcome forum for their teaching issues in all of our MAT classes.

During the academic year between second and final summers, participants are asked to prepare and write up a mathematics education project. Topics for these projects may vary, but students are free to work with an advisor to develop and write on a topic that interests them. They then present that topic to a graduate committee during their third summer at CWU.

Did we mention recreation? E-burg is a haven for summer fun. Fishing, hiking, mountain biking, or floating on the Yakima River, among other activities, await you. (Last summer we hunted geodes and climbed mountains; see the inset.) Of course, the bonds between participants formed during their summers here promote valuable sharing of ideas and more than a few enjoyable moments together.

You are cordially invited to join us for the best three summers of your career!