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Master of Arts in Education - Option in Mathematics Education

The Master of Arts in Education, Option in Mathematics Education is 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 learning 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. Visit the program website for program details (


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 last degree (not credential or certificate) earned from an accredited institution of higher education. Applicants whose overall GPA is less than 2.85 but meet the University minimum GPA requirement and who present compelling evidence of academic and professional potential either through recent academic performance and/or experiential background, may be considered for admission at the discretion of the program admission committee.

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. International applicants have additional university application requirements including meeting the English language proficiency requirement. Please visit The Center for International Education (CIE) website at for more information.


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 ( One complete set of official transcripts must be submitted from each college and university attended 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 (EED-7). An application and directions can be downloaded at The program application does not require a set of transcripts.

Classified Admission

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

Advancement to Candidacy - Clear Admission

Students should advance to candidacy as early as possible. They should meet with the program coordinator to plan their program. For Advancement to Candidacy (Clear Admission status), students must:

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

2. Resolve all incomplete grades.

3. Complete 6 units of program requirements.

4. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

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


1. Research and Methods (6 units).

Take the following:

  • EDME 501 Assessment in Teaching/Learning Math (3)
    Prerequisite: Basic teaching credential or consent of instructor.
  • EDME 502 Research in Math Teaching/Learning (3)
    Prerequisite: Basic teaching credential or consent of instructor.

2. Core (9 units).

Take one of the following:

  • EDME 500 Contemporary Issues in Math Education (3)
    Prerequisite: Basic teaching credential or consent of instructor.
  • MTED 511 Mathematics Teaching and Learning (3)
    Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

Take the following:

  • EDME 505 Technology in Teaching/Learning Math (3)
    Prerequisites: Basic teaching credential, EDME 501 and EDME 502 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
  • EDME 550 Global Perspectives in Math Teaching (3)
    Prerequisite: Basic teaching credential or consent of instructor.

3. Concentration (12 units).

Take all of the following:

  • MTED 500 Advanced Perspectives of Concepts Foundational to Algebra for Teachers (3)
    Prerequisites: Multiple Subjects Credential, or consent of instructor.
  • EDME 503 Advanced Math Methods in Teaching, 1 (3)
    Prerequisite: Basic teaching credential or consent of instructor.
  • EDME 504 Advanced Math Methods in Teaching, 2 (3)
    Prerequisite: Basic teaching credential or consent of instructor.
  • EDME 520 Algebra: Research-Based Pedagogy (3)
    Prerequisite: Basic teaching credential or consent of instructor.

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)

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