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MS in Mathematics for Teachers

The Masters of Science in Mathematics for Teachers is designed for those interested in strengthening their understanding of mathematics to enrich the teaching of mathematics. The program prepares teachers in subjects such as geometry, algebra, analysis/calculus, probability, statistics, discrete mathematics, and the use of calculators and computers in the classroom. The program is intended for individuals with a mathematics degree or a strong background in mathematics. An MS MTCH candidate must complete an approved program of 45 graduate credits which includes a mathematics curriculum project. A typical program would include 30 hours in Mathematics, 9 hours in Education, and 6 hours in Mathematics, Education, or other areas. In order to be admitted to the MS MTCH program, the applicant's transcript must show successful completion of undergraduate courses in at least the following: abstract algebra, advanced calculus, linear algebra and college geometry. The MS MTCH in Mathematics does not lead to a teaching license.  If you are interested in teaching secondary mathematics, please contact the School of Education, GTEP program.

Check out our website at for advising, class schedule, and additional information about other degree and certificate programs. The website also has a link (under Graduate>/Courses) to the PSU Bulletin, which offers course descriptions as well as general information on PSU Graduate Program requirements.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Jeanette Palmiter, MS MTCH Coordinator and Adviser, e-mail:

Kathie Leck, MS MTCH Administrative Assistant, 503-725-8244,


Department Admission and Application Information.



Probability/Statistics (3 cr)
Mth 581  Probability for Math Teachers
or    Mth 582 Statistics for Math Teachers

Geometry (3 cr)
Mth 583 Topics in Geometry for Math Teachers

Algebra (3 cr)
Mth 584 Topics in Algebra for Math Teachers

Analysis (3 cr)
Mth 585 Topics in Analysis for Math Teachers

History/Foundations of Math (3 cr)
Mth 586 Topics in the History of Mathematics

Discrete Math (3 cr)
Mth 587 Topics in Discrete Mathematics for Math Teachers

Technology (3 cr)
Mth 588& Computing Technology for   Math Teachers

Curriculum Project (3 cr)
Math 501  Curriculum Research, Mathematics

Mathematics Electives (6 cr)
Approved graduate-level mathematics courses

Education Courses (9 cr)
Approved graduate education courses, including a course on mathematics teaching strategies

University Electives  (6 cr)
Graduate level courses (Mathematics, Education, or other) approved by Adviser

Alternative math/stat courses may be substituted with approval from the MS MTCH Coordinator. Note also that many of these courses are "Topics" courses, and with MS MTCH Coordinator approval may be repeated for credit.

The MS MTCH program requires 9 credits in education, which includes courses with prefixes ED, CI, EPFA, COUN, and IST. Consult with the MS MTCH coordinator to select education courses that fit their particular goals and interests.

A maximum of 15 hours in education are allowed for the MS MTCH degree.

For those in MEd/GTEP program, consult with the MS MTCH Coordinator for Dual-Degree option.

Tentative Schedule of Course Offerings

  2013-14 2014 2014-15 2015 2015-16 2016


MTH 582   MTH 584   MTH 585  


MTH 583
CI 510*
MTH 586
MTH 585
  MTH 586


MTH 586
CI 510*

  MTH 581

  MTH 587  


MTH 585
MTH 587
MTH 588
MTH 510
MTH 586
   MTH 582 
MTH 583
MTH 588
   MTH 581 
MTH 584
MTH 586

*CI 510 : Curriculum Development or Ethnomathematics