Program Details

Master of Science in Mathematics with an Emphasis in Education

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 34
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
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Overview: Master’s in Math Education

A Master of Science in Math with an Emphasis in Education degree from Grand Canyon University allows individuals with a background in math to find work in a meaningful education career. Master’s in math education program graduates will be prepared to teach undergraduate math courses at two or four-year institutions. They will also be qualified to teach in online environments.

A deeper understanding of mathematics is one goal of the GCU MS in math education program. A second goal is to learn teaching and classroom techniques to help them become undergraduate math teachers. Theoretical and practical applications of both mathematics and instruction are at the heart of this master’s in mathematics education degree program.

The Benefits of an MS in Math Education

Teachers in the STEM fields are highly sought after. The Occupational Outlook Handbook shows that the availability of postsecondary teaching jobs is growing fast, at a rate of 15 percent over the next ten years. Students with a math background who enroll in Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Math with an Emphasis in Education degree program will become highly-qualified instructors who can fill these openings at postsecondary institutions.

The students who will fill STEM careers have to start their professional training somewhere. Math is a requirement not only for STEM students, but for all college students. This means the need for math teachers will likely never diminish. Completing a master’s degree in math education makes a lot sense for those looking for job security.

Earn Your Online Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education

This allows for people already juggling a full schedule with work and family to also fit in their education. MS in math online classes provide the coursework needed to become a math teacher, while still fitting into a busy life because coursework for the online master’s in math can be done at any time. The same expert faculty and adjunct staff who work on campus, also support online math education degree students.

Admissions into the Master of Science in Math with an Emphasis in Education program at GCU, requires a few prerequisites. You’ll need:

  • A bachelor’s degree in mathematics or mathematics education; or
  • At least 24 undergraduate credits in math with a level of Calculus 2

Math knowledge and teaching skills make up the core focuses in the master of math education degree program at GCU. Postsecondary level math teachers will learn how to navigate preparing for and teaching the coursework, as well as how to thrive in a university teaching landscape.

The MS in math education degree program includes study of such topics as:

  • Algebra
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Technology as a practical application
  • Adult learning theory
  • Distance learning methods
  • Statistical inference
  • Instructional design
  • Communication in postsecondary environments

Advance Your Career With a Math Education Master’s Degree

Master’s of math education degree graduates from GCU are prepared to teach mathematics at the postsecondary level. They may find work at:

  • Universities or colleges
  • Local or two-year colleges
  • Vocational schools
  • Educational research/publishing companies

Your own math background can bring life-changing instruction to future STEM students and leave a lasting impact on our world. Join us in the MS in Math with an Emphasis in Education degree program at GCU.

Program Domains

Course List

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Major:
34 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
34 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the liberal arts. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course covers essential topics in algebra to prepare learners in their profession and to succeed in fulfilling future programmatic requirements. Topics include: algebraic structures, matrices, linear transformations, and their numerical applications.

Course Description

The student is asked to use techniques of mathematical proof to trace the development of important foundations of thought and advances in mathematical thinking. This course follows the evolution of mathematics through history in its attempt to represent and understand the world around us. Topics covered include induction, logic, discrete analysis, calculus, and linear programming. Emphasis is placed on how a mathematical topic originated within its historical context and the theory used to support it. Prerequisite: MAT-513.

Course Description

This foundational course covers adult learning theory and pedagogical practices that are research-based and proven effective in higher education. Technology, distance learning, and effective pedagogy for online and traditional instruction are emphasized. Candidates research learning paradigms, personalized learning, and andragogy and are asked to apply their knowledge through situational case studies.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the rigorous theory underlying calculus, covering the real number system and functions of one variable. It is based entirely on mathematical proofs. The student is expected to know how to read and, to some extent, construct proofs before taking this course. Topics typically include construction of the real number system, properties of the real number system, continuous functions, differential and integral calculus of functions of one variable, and sequences and series of functions. Prerequisite: MAT-513.

Course Description

This course looks at evidence-based data analysis from a discrete mathematics perspective. Emphasis is placed on fundamental understanding of statistical descriptors. The theoretical framework is developed through applications in cognition and instruction. Prerequisite: MAT-513.

Course Description

This course covers curricular alignment, instructional design, and effective communication and collaboration amongst university stakeholders. Creating learning goals, developing student outcomes and assessments, and giving effective feedback are emphasized. Candidates are asked to collaboratively develop activities, assessments, lesson plans, and syllabi that would be appropriate for a course taught at a community college or university. Prerequisite: EDU-534.

Course Description

The student is introduced to the techniques and examination of graduate-level mathematical modeling, including formulation, application, and analysis of a mathematical model. Topics covered include differential equations, computational methods, regression, and stochastic models. Emphasis is placed on applications and computational methods. Prerequisite: MAT-513.

Course Description

This course provides a brief overview of ordinary differential equations, geometric representation of ODE solutions, autonomous systems, flows on the line, linear systems and phase portraits, nonlinear systems, local and global behavior, linearization, stability, and bifurcations. Applications include models extracted from population biology, ecology, and neurophysiology. Prerequisites: MAT-513 and MAT-550.

Program Locations

Evening

Evening

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

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Online and Evening program disclosures (18 months)

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