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Mathematics Education (MA)

The purpose of the Master of Arts in Mathematics Education program is to improve the quality of mathematics instruction in schools in 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 through intensive weekend sessions. The program is designed so that it can be completed by in-service teachers at the rate of two courses per quarter. Students also have the option to proceed through the program at a slower pace depending on their individual needs. The main emphasis of the program is mathematics content, but significant time is also spent on methods of incorporating new teaching strategies and technologies in the classroom.

The Mathematics Education program is directly tied to secondary curriculum needs. It is directed toward previously or currently certified teachers whose Bachelor's degrees are not in mathematics but who wish to change disciplines, toward teachers whose Bachelor’s degrees are in mathematics and who wish to upgrade their command of the field, and toward 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 weekends and that can be completed in 18 months. It is not necessary to have been an undergraduate mathematics 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 that relate to high school courses in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry

Students will also study:

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

The courses in the Mathematics Education program satisfy the Illinois content area certification requirements for secondary mathematics. Students seeking secondary certification must work with a school of education. The contact person in the DePaul College of Education advising office is Kevin McCann (kmccann4@depaul.edu).

Location and Schedule

Courses for this program meet at DePaul's 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. All courses consist of 31 contact hours. Students who already have an undergraduate degree in mathematics can mix and match some courses from this program with courses from our other graduate mathematics programs.

The standard sequence of courses for students in the Mathematics Education program is given in the table below (effective for students entering in Autumn 2018). The schedule provides students who are not yet certified the opportunity to do their student teaching in the spring of the second year. Students also have the option to proceed through the program at a slower pace.

​Autumn  ​Winter Spring Summer Autumn Winter
​MAT 610 ​MAT 611 ​MAT 612 ​MAT 618 ​MAT 680 MAT 631​
​MAT 660 ​MAT 620 ​MAT 672 ​MAT 640 ​MAT 642 ​​MAT 670

Financial Aid

A limited number of Dean's Scholarships, consisting of 25% tuition reduction, may be available for current teachers in the City of Chicago (public or private, grades K-12). For more information, please contact the graduate program director Yevgenia Kashina (ykashina@depaul.edu​).

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 Education. 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 www.depaul.edu/mamedevents.​​​​​

For more information about the Master's Program in Mathematics Education, please contact the graduate program director Yevgenia Kashina (ykashina@depaul.edu​).

Additional Information

  • Admission Requirements

    ​​Learn how to apply to the Master's program in Mathematics Education.
  • Degree Requirements

    ​​Learn about the degree requirements for the Master's in Mathematics Education.
  • Student Handbook

    ​Learn about ​policies that govern the Master's in Mathematics Education program.
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