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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.

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

Courses for this program meet at DePaul's Lincoln Park campus. Almost all courses offered during the 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. 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.

The standard sequence of courses for students in the Mathematics for Teaching program is given in the table below (effective for students beginning in Autumn 2018).

​Autumn ​Winter ​Spring ​Summer ​Autumn ​Winter ​Spring ​Autumn ​Winter
MAT 610​​ ​MAT 611 ​MAT 612 ​MAT 618 ​MAT 680 ​MAT 631 ​MAT 644 MAT 451 MAT 452
MAT 660​ ​MAT 620 ​MAT 672 MAT 640​ MAT 642​ ​MAT 670 ​MAT 671 MAT 470

The three 400-level courses listed in italics in the table are offered on weekday evenings and are not offered on the weekend.

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 (​​).

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​​​​​

For more information about the Mathematics for Teaching program, please contact the graduate program director Yevgenia Kashina (​).

Additional Information

  • Admission Requirements

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