Master's Degree Programs

 

Three post-certification* Master’s programs in mathematics education are available at the University of Maryland, two Master of Education (M.Ed.) grade level programs and the Master of Arts (M.A.) program. Both are 30 credit-hour programs, which provide considerable flexibility in planning a specific sequence of experiences for a student. (See bottom for admission requirements and deadlines).

 

M.Ed. in Mathematics Education

Students interested in teaching in K-12 classrooms or working in a school or district leadership position typically pursue a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Mathematics Education. This degree is offered through the M.Ed. Teacher Leadership program  in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, and has both Elementary/Middle School (Mathematics Focus) and Secondary Mathematics Education options. Candidates for the M.Ed. programs in Mathematics Education are elementary or special education teachers or teachers of mathematics at the middle/intermediate/junior high or high school level, or those interested in teaching in higher education. Most degree recipients use their special interest and competence in mathematics education by serving as a mathematics specialist for a teaching team or as a subject specialist in other settings. Other graduates are mathematics curriculum specialists who serve in supervisory roles or who assist classroom teachers as resource persons. Some have gone on to work for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), for state or federal agencies, or work in private tutoring or consulting positions. The M.Ed. culminates in a portfolio and an action research paper.

Requirements for M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership:

• in Elementary/Middle School Education—Mathematics Focus

• in Secondary Mathematics Education

Descriptions of Master's level courses in mathematics education

M.Ed. Middle School Mathematics Teaching and Learning

The Center for Mathematics, in partnership with several school districts, currently offers a Master's of Education in Middle School Mathematics for currently practicing teachers. For more information about these programs, please see Outreach for Teachers.

M.A. in Mathematics Education

Candidates for the M.A. program in mathematics education at the University of Maryland are elementary or special education teachers or teachers of mathematics at the middle/intermediate/junior high or high school level, or those interested in teaching in higher education. Students interested in careers in research or further doctoral degree studies typically pursue a Master of Arts. The Master of Arts requires a three-hour written comprehensive exam, a Master thesis, and an oral defense of the thesis.

Requirements for M.A. in Mathematics Education

Descriptions of Master's level courses in mathematics education

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

 

* Students with a degree in mathematics, who desire to be certified to teach mathematics, should consult the Teacher Certification page.