Master's in Math Education

Master of Science in Mathematics with an Emphasis in Education

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Advance in Education With a Master of Science in Mathematics

A Master of Science in Mathematics with an Emphasis in Education degree from Grand Canyon University (GCU) 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 master's 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 degree program.

The Benefits of a Master’s in Mathematics Education

Students with a math background who enroll in GCU’s Master of Science in Mathematics 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 is a great option for those looking for job security.

Earn Your Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education

This degree is offered in the evening at GCU’s main campus. This allows for working families and individuals with full schedules to advance their education. Students will have an on-campus experience while still maintaining the flexibility that evening classes provide.

Admissions into this 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's in 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 master's in mathematics education degree program includes study of the following topics:

  • 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 Master's in Math Education

Master’s in 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 Master of Science in Mathematics with an Emphasis in Education degree program at GCU.

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Total Credits: 34
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)

Course List

34 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
34 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course prepares students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. It provides students with opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success in mathematics. Mathematics concepts, such as logic, mathematical notation and definitions, methods of proof, and mathematics software, are covered.

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 course covers adult learning theory and instructional practices that are research-based and proven effective in higher education. Technology, online learning, and effective instructional methods for online and traditional instruction are emphasized. Participants research learning models, personalized learning and andragogy and apply their knowledge to improve student engagement and achievement in higher education.

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 applies learning theories to classroom instructional methods and strategies. Effective communication, creating learning goals, developing student outcomes and assessments, and giving effective feedback are emphasized. Participants are asked to develop activities, assessments, and lesson plans 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.


GCU Evening Student

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.

* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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