Master of Arts in Mathematics for Teachers
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. This content-based master’s program is different than traditional master’s degrees in education or in mathematics. To actively engage students in mathematical thinking, educators must have a solid foundation of content knowledge across the breadth of mathematics as well as exposure to a wide variety of pedagogical techniques. With the guidance of our talented faculty, you will deepen your mathematical content knowledge and gain insight into teaching methods that will help you reach students at all ability levels.
Why Choose the MA in Mathematics for Teachers?
The Master of Arts in Mathematics for Teachers is designed to be inspiring, engaging, and challenging. With affordable tuition, four start dates throughout the year, and the ability to finish your degree in as little as 18 months, the program has been a popular choice for mathematics educators for almost two decades. Although it is designed primarily for middle and high school teachers, its content-based focus provides non-teaching professionals with an excellent opportunity for an advanced degree.
What Will You Study?
In the Master of Arts in Mathematics for Teachers program, you can take courses in discrete mathematics, geometry, calculus, number theory, linear algebra, analysis, abstract algebra, probability, and statistics. We also offer courses not typically offered in other programs such as mathematics of origami, mathematics of symmetry, and cryptology. Content is linked to the state Mathematics Curriculum Framework when possible.
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.
When and How are Courses Offered?
In the Fall, Winter, and Spring 11-week terms, we typically offer two courses per term, meeting Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00-5:50pm and 6:00-7:50pm. In the Summer term, we typically offer one course over a shorter, 8-week period, with times chosen based on student preference.
We believe that mathematics is best learned in an interactive, face-to-face setting. As such, virtually all of our courses are offered in-person on our Springfield campus, but we do offer the occasional online course.
How Long Will the Program Take?
The program requires 30 credits (10 courses). A student can complete the MA in Mathematics for Teachers program in as few as 18 months, but around 24 months is more typical.
Most teachers choose the MA in Mathematics for Teachers program because it satisfies the master’s program requirement for obtaining the Professional License in Massachusetts, or the equivalent license in other states.
For Massachusetts teachers who hold an Initial License and have a master’s degree in an area other than mathematics, the state provides a “12-credit” option to obtain a Professional License with subject matter knowledge in mathematics. All of our MAMT courses can count towards the 12 credits of content-based courses necessary to complete the master’s program requirement for Professional Licensure.
Please see the Licensure Requirements Tool on the Massachusetts DESE website for more information.
Upon your acceptance into the MA in mathematics for Teachers program, you will meet with the Chair of the Department of Mathematics for an initial advising appointment and to plan out the completion of your degree. After you successfully complete a few courses, you have the option of switching your advisor to one of our other faculty members. Typically, you will meet with your advisor two or three times per year to assess progress and select courses.
The Department of Mathematics is composed of 14 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.