Program Contact

Dr. Karen Hollebrands
Professor, Mathematics and Statistics Education
Graduate Program Coordinator for Mathematics and Statistics Education
Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education
Program Contact

Christy Buck
Graduate Student Services Coordinator

Master of Education or Master of Science in STEM Education

Concentration in Mathematics Education

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education (STEM Ed)

Our mission is to prepare master’s degree-seeking students for positions of instructional leadership in Mathematics Education as master teachers of mathematics in middle grades (6-9), high school (9-12) or post-secondary institutions such as community colleges. We offer both a Master of Education and a Master of Science in Mathematics Education. The Master of Education degree is a 30 credit hour program. The Master of Science degree is a 36 credit hour program and requires a thesis.

The Masters of Education program is completely online. It consists of four courses in Mathematics Education, one course in STEM Education, and five mathematical science courses.

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Important Dates
April 15
Application Deadline for Summer 1, Summer 2 and Fall admission*

Information Sessions
4-7 p.m.
May 3, 2019
Annual STEM Ed Graduate Research Symposium and Open House
METRC Center, Poe Hall 400
4-4:30 p.m. Meeting with Prospective Graduate Students for STEM Ed | Opportunity to visit with our students and faculty in small groups to learn about our programs.
5-7 p.m. Symposium | Opportunity to see current graduate research efforts and observe our students in action.
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Program Description

A strong emphasis on pedagogical content knowledge, disciplinary content knowledge and technological innovation in improving schooling is a defining characteristic of our master’s program. Through the master’s program, students will further develop their instructional expertise, extend their knowledge of learners, deepen their subject matter knowledge, use educational research methods and engage in professional leadership activities.

Admission Requirements

  • GRE scores required for M.S. program only. GRE not needed for M.Ed. applicants
  • 3 references
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary education
  • Written personal statement
  • It is highly recommended that applicants have an undergraduate degree that includes a mathematics major or at least 24 hours of mathematical sciences in their undergraduate background
  • It is also recommended that applicants have a teaching license

Course of Study


Curriculum Requirements for 30 hrs

Course descriptions can be found in the university course catalog.

12 hours: Four core courses are chosen from the list below. At least one technology course is required.

  • EMS 513 Teaching and Learning Algebra
  • EMS 514 Teaching and Learning Geometry
  • EMS 519 Teaching and Learning Statistics
  • EMS 510 Interactions in Mathematics Classrooms
  • EMS 592 Special Topics in Mathematics Education (offerings vary)
  • EMS 580 Teaching Mathematics with Technology (can not be used if EMS 480 has been taken)

Students take one course in STEM Education

Students take 15 hours of mathematical science courses, 6 of which can be at the 400 level but the rest must be at the 500 level.

For the Master of Science, students take 6 additional hours: one elective and one research course. They also take a mathematical science course in place of the STEM Education course

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