Master of Arts in Mathematics for Teachers
The Master of Arts in Mathematics for Teachers is an alternative to the traditional choice of a master’s degree in education or a master’s degree in mathematics. While each of these options has merit, neither fully addresses the unique needs for a practically focused graduate mathematics program. With the guidance of our talented faculty, through the Master of Arts in Mathematics for Teachers, you will deepen your knowledge of mathematics and gain insight into teaching methods that will help you share your passion for mathematics with students at all ability levels.
Why Choose the MA in Mathematics for Teachers?
The Master of Arts in Mathematics program is designed to be inspiring, engaging, and challenging. Through the introduction of practical tools to help you develop standards-based curricula and assessment, it addresses your pedagogical needs. The curriculum focuses on courses in all fields of mathematics that relate to the practical needs of teachers, and are all tied to pedagogy and the state Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks. View our current tuition rates.
What Will You Study?
The broad challenge of mathematics education at all levels is to actively engage students in mathematical thinking. Excellent teaching of mathematics occurs when the teacher has a broad-based, in-depth understanding of content coupled with an understanding of how pedagogy and technology can significantly enhance learning environments. This program is structured so that the scholar-teachers will be active participants in a learning process committed to content, pedagogy, and technology. Course topics include discrete mathematics, probability, algebraic structures, analysis, creative problem solving, and number theory.
The Master of Arts in Mathematics for Teachers program is designed primarily for secondary and middle school mathematics teachers, but is also available to all teachers with an interest in further study in mathematics, as well as to individuals making a career change to teaching. Applicants to the Master of Arts in Mathematics for Teachers Program must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and an academic or professional background equivalent to at least a minor in mathematics. Selection of participants will be made on the basis of previous academic records, present and potential performance in teaching, and two supporting letters of reference, at least one of which must be from the candidate's supervisor. Applicants who have not taught should submit two letters of recommendation from persons who can comment on the students' potential success in teaching.
How are Courses Offered?
Course Delivery: In-class
Total Credits: 30
Courses are held entirely in person (except for the statistics course which is typically offered online) for a more customized and unique experience. This program is structured so that the scholar-teachers will be active participants in a learning process committed to content, pedagogy, and technology.
The Department of Mathematics is composed of 15 full-time faculty members. These mathematicians are professionally active on the national and regional levels through their research and their professional affiliations. They have Ph.D.s from a wide range of prestigious universities, and some of their research interests include analysis, algebra, mathematics of origami, statistics, algebraic geometry, graph theory and combinatorics, number theory, applied mathematics, analysis of algorithms, and actuarial science.