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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 weekends at DePaul's Lincoln Park campus and can be completed in as few as 27 months. A Bachelor's degree in mathematics is not required for admission into this program.

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Program Overview

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 on weekends at DePaul's Lincoln Park campus. Almost all courses offered during the academic year are scheduled over five or six weekend days. The program is designed to be completed in as few as 27 months, though it can also be completed over a longer period of time based on individual student needs.

Financial Aid

A limited number of Dean's Scholarships, providing 25% tuition reduction, are available to City of Chicago teachers (K-12, public and private) during the 2016-2017 academic year. For more information about this opportunity, please contact the Mathematics for Teaching graduate program director Jeffrey Bergen (

All DePaul alumni automatically qualify for the DePaul Double Demon Scholarship, consisting of a 25% tuition reduction on all graduate coursework. For more information about graduate student loans, assistantships, and scholarships, please consult the CSH Graduate Tuition and Aid website​ and the CSH Scholarships​ website.

Graduate Information Session

Please join us for a graduate information session featuring DePaul's Master's program in Mathematics for Teaching. At the information sessions you will have the opportunity to learn about program content, admission requirements, and meet with program faculty. For schedule information, go to​​​​​

Yearly Update Letter from the Program Director