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Mathematics for Teaching (MS)

DePaul University offers the only graduate program in the area for career-changers planning to teach mathematics at the community college level. The program meets on the weekends and can be completed in 27 months. 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
  • Differential equations and advanced linear algebra
  • Topics in real analysis with an emphasis on improving calculus instruction
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 
​​​Location and Schedule:

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

Length of the program:
Most courses during the academic year at Lincoln Park meet five or six days on weekends. The program can be completed in as little as 27 months or over a longer period of time depending upon the needs of the individual.

68 credit hours on the quarter system consisting of mathematical content and pedagogy directly tied to community college teaching.  

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

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

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