Graduate Program Mathematics for Teachers

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Mathematics for Teachers Master's Degree Overview

PSU Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Take the next step and advance your career by becoming a more effective math teacher with a master's degree in Mathematics for Teachers from Portland State.

Our master's degree provides advanced training for math teachers who already hold an initial teaching license as well as those who are interested in teaching dual-credit courses to high schoolers, teaching at community colleges, or pursuing a doctorate in mathematics education.

We'll help you strengthen your understanding of mathematics through coursework in geometry, algebra, analysis and calculus, history of mathematics, probability, statistics, discrete mathematics, and the use of technology in the classroom. You'll learn how to enrich your teaching — and your students' learning — and graduate ready to burst into the teaching field.

For program-specific information about degree details or admission requirements, please visit the department. 

About the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics

The Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics is dedicated to excellence in research and teaching in mathematics, statistics, and mathematics education. Guided by the mission of Portland State University and by the principles of disciplinary excellence and cross-disciplinary engagement, we are particularly committed to building expertise and providing leadership in such areas as applied and computational mathematics and statistics and mathematics education.

Degree Details


Mathematics for Teachers Master's Degree: Why PSU?

Our program has been recognized by the American Mathematical Society as one of the top eight graduate programs for math teachers in the nation.

Our core set of classes are nine mathematics and statistics courses that are designed specifically for teachers — and we offer summer and evening classes to accommodate your busy schedule.

You'll have an opportunity to immediately apply what you learn to your classroom with a mathematics curriculum project. Working closely with a faculty advisor, you'll explore a mathematical topic, develop curriculum materials for students, test them out in your own classroom or another class, prepare a research paper, and present in a colloquium.

You will also be well-positioned with teaching opportunities when you graduate thanks to our long-standing relationship with local high schools and community colleges who recruit from our program.

We offer scholarships and graduate teaching assistantships to help support you. You may also simultaneously pursue a master's degree in education through the College of Education's Graduate Teacher Education Program.

What can I do with a Master's degree in Mathematics for Teachers?

PSU's master's degree in Mathematics for Teachers strengthens your knowledge for teaching in a variety of topics, from algebra to calculus. You'll be well-prepared and qualified to teach math and statistics courses, including dual-credit, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate classes, to high school and community college students.

Our program also provides you with a foundation to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics education and teach at the university level.

Featured Courses

  • MTH 581 Topics in Probability for Mathematics Teachers
  • MTH 582 Topics in Statistics for Mathematics Teachers
  • MTH 583 Topics in Geometry for Mathematics Teachers
  • MTH 584 Topics in Algebra for Mathematics Teachers
  • MTH 585 Topics in Analysis for Mathematics Teachers
  • MTH 586 Topics in the History of Mathematics
  • MTH 587 Topics in Discrete Mathematics for Mathematics Teachers
  • MTH 588 Topics in Computing for Mathematics Teachers
  • MTH 501 Curriculum Research, Mathematics
  • MTH589 Topics in Mathematical Exposition and Curriculum Development

Featured Electives

  • MTH 504 Cooperative Education/Internship
  • MTH 527 Partial Differential Equations I
  • MTH 534 Set Theory and Topology I
  • MTH 561 Graph Theory I
  • MTH 586 Topics in The History of Mathematics

Accreditation

Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).