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Mathematics Education (MA)
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Help students solve one problem at a time

The master’s in Mathematics Education is an accelerated, six-quarter program for current and future secondary school math teachers. Meant to improve math instruction in Chicago and its suburbs, the program focuses on math content and teaching strategies and technologies, all directly tied to secondary curricular needs.

The only graduate program of its kind in the area, this 18-month program can be completed over a series of intensive weekend-only sessions that focus on

  • Differential and integral calculus, 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 that relate to high school courses in algebra, geometry and trigonometry; and
  • Topics in real analysis with an emphasis on improving calculus instruction.

Courses for this program meet on the Lincoln Park Campus. Almost all courses offered during the normal academic year are scheduled over five weekend days. Summer courses are scheduled over a combination of weekends and weekday evenings in June and July. A bachelor’s degree in mathematics is not required for admission into this program.

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Connected to Chicago school systems

The need for excellent secondary-level math teachers in Chicago is greater than ever. Home to more than 650 public schools in the CPS system, plus 128 charter schools and 392 private schools, Chicago is a center for urban education—and there are even more jobs in suburban districts. DePaul continues to partner with local schools to produce top-notch educators.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application and official transcripts. You must also exhibit proficiency in precalculus.

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Required Courses

You’ll complete your choice of 12 courses.

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DePaul’s mathematics department is ranked 7th in Illinois by College Factual.


of Mathematics Education graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

Faculty who facilitate independent learning

Professor Bridget Tenner reversed roles with her students as part of her independent study course in combinatorics. She tasked them with creating lesson plans and teaching their units back to her as part of their coursework. “They brought such insight to the topics and to their own students’ abilities,” she said. “It was a real treat to see these in-service teachers in their natural roles at the front of a classroom.”

“I chose this program over other schools because it was the only of its kind to offer a master’s in math for non-math majors, thereby offering a pathway for licensed teachers to get their high school endorsements. Accelerated programs are a lot of work. This is a good program with great advisors, and great teacher colleagues. It is worth it!”


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Alumni Network

You’ll gain career opportunities by connecting with our alumni network of more than 20,600 graduates of the College of Science and Health, many of whom teach in public and private schools across the Chicago area.


A limited number of tuition waivers, consisting of a 25 percent reduction in tuition, are available to K–12 teachers in Chicago. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Science and Health at (773) 325-7315 or

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