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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

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 Science degree requires a thesis-culminating project, but other than that, they are the same.

The master’s program is a 36 hour (12 course) blended experience.  Approximately half of the courses may be experienced online.  The other half of the courses are taught in the evenings one night a week.  The program consists of 5 or 6 mathematics courses, 4 mathematics education courses, 1 research course, and 1 elective.

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Apply by Aug. 1, 2018, to begin working toward your master’s in mathematics education in Fall 2018.


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

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

Full Curriculum

Curriculum Requirements for 36 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 512 Teaching Mathematics in Elementary and Middle School: Bridging Theories and Practice
  • 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’t be used if EMS480 has been taken)
  • EMS 581 Advanced Application of Technology in Math Ed

Students take 6 hours one elective and one research course.

Students take 18 hours of mathematical science courses, 6 of which can be at the 400 level but the rest must be at the 500 level. The number and kind of course depends on the focus they have chosen.

Persons interested in more details can see the Mathematics Education Graduate Handbook MASTERS.

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