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Mathematics Education

The Master of Arts in Education, Option in Mathematics Education, is a 30-36 unit program designed for teachers seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in mathematics content and pedagogy.  Candidates investigate research-based mathematics teaching and learning with a focus on developing their ability to assess the learnings needs of diverse students, support students in achieving mathematics proficiency, integrate technology in mathematics instruction, and develop a balanced mathematics instructional program that focuses on conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and problem solving.

Prerequisites to the Program

The following are required for admission to the program:

  • 1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • 2. Minimum 2.85 overall grade point average in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units of coursework.
  • 3. A valid teaching credential (may be waived by program coordinator).
  • 4. Six (6) units in teaching mathematics (may be waived by program coordinator).
  • 5. For international students whose primary language is not English, minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Application to the Program

Candidates must apply separately to both the university and the program by posted deadlines. Applications should be submitted at the same time.

The application for Graduate Admission to the University is available online through CSUMentor (www.csumentor.edu). One complete set of official transcripts must be submitted with the university application. This set of transcripts will be used to determine grade point average eligibility. Failure to submit transcripts in a timely manner will result in a delayed review of the application.

The Mathematics Education program application must be submitted to the College of Education Graduate Studies Office (ED1-7). An application and directions can be downloaded from

The program application does not require a set of transcripts. The deadline for submitting an application for fall entry in the program is June 1.

Conditional Admission to the Program

Successful applicants are admitted to the program with Conditional admission status.

Advancement to Candidacy

(Clear Admission to the Program)

Students should advance to candidacy as early as possible. They should meet with the program coordinator to plan their program no later than completing 6 units. For Advancement to Candidacy (Clear Admission status), students must:

1. Fulfill the campus Graduation Writing Assessment (GWAR).

2. Resolve all incomplete grades.

3. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

4. Submit to the Graduate Studies Office an Advancement to Candidacy form signed by the program advisor.

Program Requirements

1. Research and Methods (6 units).

  • Take the following:
    • EDME 501 Assessment in Teaching/Learning Math (3)
    • EDME 502 Research in Math Teaching/Learning (3)

2. Core (9 units).

  • Take one of the following:
    • EDME 500 Contemporary Issues in Math Education (3)
    • MTED 511 Mathematics Teaching and Learning (3)
  • Take the following:
    • EDME 505 Technology in Teaching/Learning Math (3)
    • EDME 550 Global Perspectives in Math Teaching (3)

3. Concentration (12 units).

    • Take all of the following:
    • MTED 500 Advanced Perspectives of Concepts Foundational to Algebra for Teachers (3)
    • EDME 503 Advanced Math Methods in Teaching, 1 (3)
    • EDME 504 Advanced Math Methods in Teaching, 2 (3)
    • EDME 520 Algebra: Research-Based Pedagogy (3)

4. Capstone Requirement (3-6 units)

  • One of the following chosen in consultation with an advisor:
    • Comprehensive Examination and EDME 695 (3 units)
    • Thesis and EDME 698 (6 units)