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Mathematics for Teaching (MS)
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Start your second career in community college teaching

Prepare to share your skills and knowledge as a classroom instructor of math. DePaul’s MS in Mathematics for Teaching is the only graduate program in the area for career-changers planning to teach math at the community college level. Intensive weekend and evening sessions 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;
  • Differential equations and advanced linear algebra; and
  • Topics in real analysis with an emphasis on improving calculus instruction.

The program meets on 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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Teaching opportunities citywide

Chicago is home to one of the nation’s largest community college districts and the largest in Illinois. With seven colleges within the City Colleges system, plus 15 colleges within an hour of Chicago, there’s lots of opportunity here to share your knowledge and skills. Be an adjunct while you learn, or apply for full-time teaching jobs right away.

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 take 17 graduate courses (68 credit hours).

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


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

Leading the way, as teachers and mathematicians

Our faculty are active in professional organizations that focus on mathematics education issues and evidence-based teaching practices. You’ll study with Associate Professor Karl Liechty, who is an organizer with the Chicago Math Teachers’ Circle, bringing math educators of all grades together to collaborate, solve problems and support each other in professional development.

“During the program, there was an emphasis on understanding the material in different ways that would equip you to solve problems and think creatively. As a high school math teacher, it was valuable to learn a broader scope of mathematics. I have been able to bring a more unified understanding of mathematics to the students who I teach.”

Eric (MS ’20)

High school math teacher

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 colleges and schools across Chicago.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. 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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