Mathematics Education - Program Overview

The MA in Education, Mathematics Education program is not currently accepting applications.
See below for information about becoming a Math Teacher.
Secondary teachers, please check out the MS in Mathematics Education for Secondary Teachers through the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The Master of Arts in Education, Mathematics Education is especially designed for teachers who wish to sharpen their teaching ability in mathematics and to learn effective teaching strategies that are research-based, practical, and immediately applicable to the classroom. Candidates investigate research-based mathematics teaching and learning with a focus on developing their ability to assess the learnings needs of diverse students, support students in achieving mathematics proficiency, integrate technology in mathematics instruction, and develop a balanced mathematics instructional program that focuses on conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and problem solving with reasoning.


Mathematics Education program provides candidates with the fundamental knowledge and skills of mathematics teaching and prepares socially responsible mathematics teacher leaders for a rapidly changing and technologically rich world. It engages candidates in research, scholarly activity, and ongoing evaluation. Finally, it helps candidates understand the value of diversity as related to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and prepares them for a diverse world in which they will serve and collaborate with educators and their communities.

Students will be able to:

  • Describe contemporary issues in mathematics education
  • Design various assessments, and interpret and use assessment results for planning and teaching mathematics
  • Apply research-based instructional strategies in teaching
  • Integrate contemporary technologies in mathematics planning, teaching, and assessment
  • Integrate pre-algebra and algebra content and pedagogy in classrooms
  • Design action research in their own teaching settings relating to mathematics education

The program prepares graduates who seek to enhance their knowledge and skills in mathematics content and pedagogy for leadership roles in mathematics education. The focus on pursuing in-depth study of effective mathematics instruction will help our graduates develop expertise as mathematics teacher-leaders.

Interested in becoming a Math Teacher?

There are multiple pathways to becoming a Math teacher.  To determine which pathway is the right choice for you, please visit the following department websites and/or meet with an advisor from the program:

If you are interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, option in Mathematics Education, please visit the Department of Mathematics and Statistics website

If you are interested in becoming an Elementary School teacher and earning a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, please visit the Liberal Studies website.  

If you are interested in becoming an Elementary School teacher and earning your Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, please visit the Teacher Preparation and Advising Center website.

If you are interested in earning a Single Subject Teaching Credential to become a Middle School or High School teacher, please visit the Teacher Preparation and Advising Center website.