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Master of Arts in Mathematics for Teachers 


Affordable Excellence—now within your reach.

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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.

The Master of Arts in Mathematics program is designed to be inspiring, engaging, and challenging. By emphasizing the breadth and depth of content subject matter, it actively engages students in mathematical thinking. 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.

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. The program is structured so that the “scholar-teachers” will be active participants in a learning process committed to content, instruction, and technology.

Is the program for you?

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.

Candidates who want to take courses without pursuing the MA in Mathematics for Teachers degree can request provisional status and take up to two courses in the program. Upon completion of the two courses, a provisional status student must either formally apply for admittance to the program or formally indicate no degree intent in order to continue taking courses in the program.

The Master of Arts in Mathematics for Teachers Program

The program requires 10 courses (30 credit hours), at least six of which must be core mathematics courses and at most four of which can be non-core mathematics courses. Students will be required to have an overall GPA of 3.00 or better to become a degree candidate.

Earn your degree in as few as 15 months!

Courses are offered in the fall, winter, spring, and summer in 11-week terms. Two courses are offered per term, running back-to-back, two days a week, late afternoons and early evenings.

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Quality you can afford— Tuition is half the cost of our traditional graduate rate.

Take the Next Step

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The Faculty

The Department of Mathematics is comprised of 15 full-time faculty members. The mathematicians are professionally active on the national and regional levels through their research and their professional affiliations: the Mathematical Association of America and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. They have Ph.D.s from a wide range of prestigious universities such as UCLA, Johns Hopkins University, University of California at Berkeley, University of Oregon, University of Massachusetts, Syracuse University, Boston University, University of Rhode Island, University of North Texas, Western Michigan University, and Wesleyan University. One of the mathematicians has over 30 years of teaching experience at the secondary and middle school levels. Some of their research interests include modern algebra, origami, coding theory, graph theory, cryptology, number theory, optimization, programming languages, topology, applied mathematics, and analysis of algorithms. Equally important is our faculty's overall dedication to the teaching of mathematics. The most distinguishing and remarkable characteristic of the faculty in the department is their recognized success in teaching. The faculty have garnered four of the 18 college-wide Excellence in Teaching Awards awarded annually to date. Furthermore, other members of the Department had received similar awards at Trinity College (CT), Johns Hopkins University, and Towson State University prior to accepting positions at the University. Consequently, 7 of our 15 faculty members are teaching award recipients!

To learn more about our Mathematics faculty, click here.

Study Close to Home or Work

Western New England University has state-of-the-art classroom and computer facilities, centrally located on our beautiful 215-acre campus with ample parking. Students have full access to the University’s library and snack bar, as well as to the Alumni Healthful Living Center (AHLC) for a fee. Alumni enjoy lifelong free membership at the AHLC.

Questions?

To learn more about the admissions the Master of Arts in Mathematics for Teachers process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Adult Learning at 800-325-1122, ext 1517 or 413-782-1517. You can also email us at study@wne.edu.