Mathematics for Educators

Program Description

The Mathematics for Educators MMS degree program specialization serves current and prospective mathematics educators and collaborative users of core mathematics in both educational and industrial settings. The goal is to raise the mathematical formation of students and to enhance their ability to communicate mathematics at a level sought by public and private sector employers and advanced academic programs. Career opportunities for graduates include:

  • Doctoral programs in mathematics education
  • Leadership positions with school districts (such as school or district administrators, mathematics professional development positions, etc.) 
  • Teaching faculty positions in community colleges
  • Employment in the private sector in jobs that require the communication of modern mathematics

Note: The MMS Mathematics for Educators degree is not a replacement for a M.Ed. degree and does not automatically lead toward a teaching license. We are, however, collaborating with the Department of Teaching and Learning to provide pathways for dual degrees and K-12 licensure for interested students. This would typically involve an additional year of study after the completion of the MMS Mathematics for Educators degree.

Admissions Criteria

Requirements for the Mathematics for Educators specialization are:

  • 4-year BS or BA degree. This should include courses taken in calculus, multivariable calculus, and linear algebra, as well as additional core mathematics coursework. Most of our applicants are math majors but other majors with significant math background are also welcome to apply.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher*
  • Students from non-English speaking countries need to have excellent English skills. Both TOEFL and GRE General Test scores must be presented (neither test is required for domestic students). Successful MMS applicants typically score at least 28 on the TOEFL iBT Speaking Test or 8.5 on the IELTS Speaking Test.
  • Three reference letters from writers qualified to judge the applicant's academic abilities
  • GRE Subject Test scores are useful but not required
  • Background in mathematics education is useful but not required; however, we look for a demonstrated interest in education

on a 4.0 scale, otherwise 75th percentile or better

Sample Program

Exact degree requirements can be found under the Current Students section of the website. An example of the typical courses a student in this program would take is included here.

Sample Schedule for Mathematics for Educators

Year 1

  • Autumn: Total Class Hours: 8
    • Course 1: MATH 5101 (3 Cr)
    • Course 2: MATH 5201 (5 Cr)
    • Course 3: --
  • Spring: Total Class Hours: 9
    • Course 1: MATH 5152 (3 Cr)
    • Course 2: Elective (3 Cr)
    • Course 3:Elective (3 Cr)
  • Summer: Independent Study Summer Project

Year 2

  • Autumn: Total Class Hours: 9
    • Course 1: MATH 5801 (3 Cr)
    • Course 2: EDU 7713 (3 Cr)
    • Course 3: Elective (3 Cr)
  • Spring: Total Class Hours: 8
    • Course 1: MATH 5702 (3 Cr)
    • Course 2: EDU 7718 (3 Cr)
    • Course 3:MATH 6999 (2 Cr)**

Total                 Class Hours: 34

** Additional MATH 6999, MATH 6998, MATH 6191, and MATH 5198 beyond the required hours for the degree are chosen here so that that minimum hour requirements per semester to hold a GA appointment are met

If you have further questions about the curriculum or content of courses, please contact Professor Rodica Costin