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Program Overview

M.S. in Mathematics Learning and Teaching

The Master of Science in Mathematics Learning and Teaching stresses the need for teachers to be familiar with the entire range of mathematics content knowledge as well as current issues and developments in mathematics education. Using The Math Forum as a virtual learning laboratory, teachers are encouraged and supported to make connections between theory and practice. 

Emphasis is placed on implementing student-centered and problem-based instructional practices that address the Common Core Practice Standards and utilize technology-enhanced strategies to meet the needs of math learners of all abilities. 

A Unique Learning Experience

Teachers work both independently and then collaboratively exploring open-ended problems while discussing, evaluating, revising and analyzing solutions, focusing on the content of school mathematics from grades 4-12.  Specific skills that are key to classroom success – asking good questions, using precise, accurate, powerful language and representations, understanding and building on student thinking and giving good feedback – are modeled and practiced.

The Ideal Student

The M.S. in Mathematics Learning and Teaching is for middle and high school mathematics teachers as well as mathematically-inclined elementary school teachers who:

  • Have at least two years of mathematics teaching experience
  • Have completed at least two semesters (or three quarters) of university calculus and at least one university mathematics course beyond university calculus
  • Are committed to implementing student-centered and problem-based instructional practices that value multiple solution methods