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M.A. in Mathematics Education


Mathematics education is in transition. We are focused on helping schools move from an emphasis on algorithms to teaching problem solving, communication, connections, reasoning, and representation.

Our research, outreach, and curriculum help teachers change from a “teaching by telling” pedagogy to one which emphasizes conceptual understanding and problem solving.

This program emphasizes:

  • STEM integration
  • Learning and cognition
  • Research on instructor preparation
  • Evaluation and assessment

Research Opportunities

Students can engage in research that advances the field of mathematics education and ties into their area of interest. Faculty work closely with each cohort to achieve research and educational goals and improve educational opportunities students.

View areas of research

Career Outlook

Graduates of the program have assumed positions as university faculty, instructional leaders in the public schools, curriculum development specialists, and assessment specialists.


Erin Baldinger Assistant Professor
Erin Baldinger
Lesa Clarkson Associate Professor
Lesa Clarkson
Susan Staats Associate Professor
Susan Staats
Terrence Wyberg Senior Lecturer
Terrence Wyberg


To view the core curriculum and electives visit the M.A. in Mathematics Education in the course catalog. Look under sub-plan for "Mathematics Education".

Two curriculum options are available for MA students. You can choose either a thesis (Plan A) or final paper (Plan B) to complete your degree.


We have several funding options to support students full-time through program completion. In addition, working professionals can take this program part-time. Please consult an advisor for details.

See the funding information for M.A. students.

Transfer Credits

International Students


The M.A. program can be completed in two years of full-time study or can be completed in a longer timeline on a part-time basis.

Admissions Information

Priority deadline: December 1

Admissions decisions: January

For more detailed admissions information visit the M.A. admissions page