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Mathematics Education (MA)

The purpose of the program leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Mathematics Education is to improve the quality of mathematics instruction in schools within the greater-Chicago area and to offer a response to the shortage of secondary school mathematics teachers.

This six-quarter degree program is offered on an accelerated basis during intensive weekend sessions and may be taken while in-service at the rate of two courses per quarter. However, students may proceed through the program at a slower pace depending upon their individual needs. The emphasis in the program is on mathematical content, but significant amounts of time are spent on methods of incorporating new teaching strategies and technologies in the classroom.

The program is directly tied to secondary curriculum needs and is directed toward previously or currently certified teachers with degrees in non-mathematics fields, to teachers with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics who wish to upgrade their command of the field, and to bachelor’s degree holders in other fields who wish to enter teaching.

Program Overview

DePaul University offers the only graduate program in the area for teachers and prospective teachers of mathematics that meets on the weekends and can be completed in a year and a half. It is not necessary to have been a math major to enter this program. Upon completion of the program, graduates will have learned basic concepts and techniques including

  • Differential and integral calculus of one and several variables, numerical algorithms related to calculus, and implementation of these algorithms using graphing calculators and web-based software
  • Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry using software packages that emphasize content connected to the high school curriculum
  • Discrete mathematical structures with an emphasis on logic, proof, and mathematical reasoning
  • Probability and statistics with an introduction to combinatorics
  • History of elementary number theory, algebra, and geometry
  • Topics in abstract algebra which relate to high school courses in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry

Students will also study

  • Issues relating to the structure of mathematics curricula
  • Methods and current research results for teaching mathematics
  • Use of graphing calculators and web-based software as teaching tools

Detailed Application/Registration Information
For additional detailed information, visit the Mathematics Department section, or the program director's website.

​​​Location and Schedule:

The program meets weekends at the Lincoln Park Campus (Sheffield and Fullerton Avenues).

Length of the program:

Almost all courses during the academic year at Lincoln Park meet five weekend days. The program can be completed in as little as six quarters or over a longer period of time depending upon the needs of the individual.


48 credit hours on the quarter system consisting of mathematical content and pedagogy directly tied to secondary school teaching.

Course and Schedule Information

Detailed information about course offerings and class dates are made available in advance so that students can plan.

Course Descriptions

Financial Aid:

See Graduate Admission & Aid for information about applying for graduate student loans, assistantships and scholarships.

Some tuition support may be available for teachers in Chicago schools. Please contact the program director, Dr. Jeffrey Bergen, at (773) 325-4218 or

Graduate Information Session

Please join us for an information session featuring DePaul's graduate program in Mathematics Education. At the information sessions you will have the opportunity to learn about program content, admission requirements, and meet with program faculty. To view current schedule and register for sessions, go to