Master of Science in Mathematics for Teachers

The Master of Science in Mathematics for Teachers is designed for individuals 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, history of mathematics, probability, statistics, discrete mathematics, and the use of technology in the classroom.  The program is intended for individuals with a mathematics degree or a strong background in mathematics.

The M.S. in Mathematics for Teachers program offers advanced training and specialized courses for secondary school teachers of mathematics. The degree does not lead to a teaching license.  If you are interested in teaching secondary mathematics, please contact the School of Education, GTEP program. 


Program Prerequisites: The program is intended for individuals with a mathematics degree or a strong background in mathematics. 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 subjects: linear algebra,  introductory analysis/advanced calculus, college geometry, and abstract algebra/group theory. (PSU's equivalent courses are: MTH 261, MTH 311, MTH 338, and MTH 344.) Undergraduate courses in introductory statistics and discrete mathematics are recommended.

In addition to program prerequisites, applicants must meet the university's minimum admission requirements including English language proficiency.

This program currently offers rolling admissions. See instructions on how to apply:

Cost and Funding:

Please see the University's Tuition and Fees web page. Use the cost of attendance estimator tool for a rough estimate of your attendance costs per term. The degree is 45 credits. You could finish the degree in 5 quarters (not counting summer term) with full-time enrollment of three classes per term (9 credits).

The department offers a limited number of Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, Fellowships, and Scholarships. The Department may be contacted for further details. Applicants desiring a teaching assistantship should apply to the graduate program by February 1st for entry the following fall quarter.

Degree Requirements:

An MS-MTCH candidate must complete an approved program of 45 graduate credits which includes a mathematics curriculum project.

A student must have a minimum 3.00 GPA on the courses applied to the program of study, as well as a minimum 3.00 GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at PSU. Although grades of C+, C, and C- are below the graduate standard, they may be counted as credit toward a master’s degree with the specific written approval of the department if taken at PSU after the term of formal admission to the graduate program. For the MS-MTCH program, all courses must be graded A-F. The pass/no pass grading option is not allowed.

Students are responsible for knowing University-level graduate policies and procedures for obtaining the degree. These policies and procedures are in Graduate Studies section of the PSU Bulletin. Several of the most frequently asked about University-level graduate policies and procedures can also be found on the Graduate School web site.

Required Coursework:

Probability/Statistics (6 credits)
Mth 581  Probability for Math Teachers
Mth 582 Statistics for Math Teachers

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

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

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

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

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

Computing (3 credits)
Mth 588 Topics in Computing for Math Teachers

Math Education (3 credits)
MTH 589 Topics in Mathematical Exposition and Curriculum Development or Approved graduate mathematics education course

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

Mathematics Electives (9 credits)
Approved graduate-level mathematics or statistics courses

University Electives (6 credits)
Graduate level courses (Mathematics, Education, or other) approved by Program 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.

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

Courses at the 700 and 800 level are not acceptable in this degree program.

MTH 501 Mathematics Curriculum Project:

As part of the degree requirements, the student will complete a mathematics curriculum project. In this independent research project, the student will explore a mathematical topic and will develop and classroom-test curriculum materials related to that topic. Under the guidance of a faculty member, the student will prepare a research paper and present this research in a colloquium. Requirements for the course are listed separately in the handout: M.S. in Mathematics for Teachers’ Curriculum Projects.

Planning a MS-MTCH Degree Program:

Many of the courses are offered on a three-year cycle (see table below). It is important to take as many of the required courses as you can prior to choosing elective courses. Also, start thinking about the 501 Math Curriculum Project early in your program. It generally takes at least three terms to narrow in on a topic, choose a 501 advisor, put a project committee together, do the background research, develop the materials and test them with students, evaluate the results, finish the entire paper, and make a public presentation of your work.  Meeting with the MS-MTCH Program Coordinator to plan your degree will make the process much smoother. Additional degree planning tips can be found on the handout: Crucial Issues in Your MS in Mathematics for Teachers Program.

Tentative Schedule of Core Course Offerings

Winter 2021:  MTH 585 

Spring 2021:  MTH 581, MTH 586 

Summer 2021: MTH 582, MTH 583, MTH 588

Fall 2021: MTH 588, MTH 589

Winter 2022: MTH 587, MTH 589

Spring 2022: MTH 581, MTH 586

Summer 2022: MTH 582, MTH 583, MTH 588, MTH 589 

Course Planning Guide.


For academic advising or career questions: Dr. Steven Boyce, Program Director/Lead Adviser,

For policy and application questions: Kathie Leck, Graduate Program Administrator, 503-725-8244,