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Master of Science in Mathematics Education

Program Overview

The School of Education, in cooperation with the Department of Mathematics, in the College of Arts and Sciences, offers a preparation program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Mathematics Education. The program prepares students to become mathematics educators who are proficient in five areas:
  • critical reflection and explanations of practice
  • content knowledge
  • inclusive and culturally responsive pedagogy
  • assessment of student learning
  • professional conduct and collaboration
The preparation program is designed for students who have attained a bachelor’s degree in mathematics (i.e., with a major field in mathematics) or its equivalent and seek certification to teach mathematics in secondary schools.

For those students who already have initial certification to teach grades 7-12 mathematics, the School of Education offers a program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Teaching and Curriculum. Students may have a concentration in mathematics education through this program, which is designed to support professional development for teachers and to enhance understanding of the theories and practices associated with teaching.


  • prepares students for New York State initial certification as mathematics teachers (grades 7-12) while earning a master’s degree
  • a 43-credit program exposing students to cutting-edge ideas in education courses taught by faculty specialists, and offering students opportunities to increase their content knowledge through graduate mathematics courses
  • special emphases on these areas: working with students who have difficulties in learning mathematics, serving diverse student populations, using technology to promote active learning, developing skills in assessing student learning, and developing a knowledge of mathematics for teaching
  • five field placements, allowing each candidate to learn from urban and suburban school settings, from a variety of teaching professionals, and by working with students of diverse backgrounds and abilities
  • a pace of learning based on personal choice, including a full-time 16-month program (beginning in summer), a full-time 2-year program (beginning in September), and the opportunity to begin part-time (culminating in a 9-credit spring semester followed by a 9-credit fall semester)
  • graduate assistantship opportunities
  • professional development through shared experiences with a cohort of mathematics education students and with students in other secondary programs, who they encounter in common core courses
  • participation in the Academy of Mathematics Education, whose twice yearly meetings bring candidates together with teachers and SU faculty and staff to share professional development ideas
  • a mathematics education faculty located within Syracuse University’s Department of Mathematics, affording candidates opportunities for formal and informal interactions with mathematicians and graduate students in mathematics.


Program Contact:

Dr. Joanna O. Masingila, Program Advisor
Mathematics Education
203 Carnegie
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244-1150
Office Number: (315) 443-1483
E-mail: jomasing@syr.edu

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