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Mathematics Education

The Mathematics Education specialization focuses on preparing educators in the areas of middle, secondary, and postsecondary mathematics. This specialization provides educators with skills for assessment, curriculum development, and instruction in subject areas such as geometry, algebra, and calculus, as well as strategies for developing problem solving skills in students. Course content is research-based and infuses best practices in education.

Who Should Apply

  • Completed admission application packet, including a $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University
  • Official transcript indicating conferral of a bachelor’s degree by a regionally accredited institution (2.5 minimum cumulative grade-point average required)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
CUR 526 Educational Research for Practitioners 3
MAT 504 Algebra in Secondary Schools 3
MAT 506 Strategies for Teaching Calculus 3
MAT 507 Linear and Abstract Algebra for Teachers 3
MAT 508 Conquering the Teaching of Calculus 3
MAT 509 Learning Geometry in the K-12 Classroom 3
MAT 511 Teaching Probability and Statistics in the K-12 Classroom 3
MAT 513 Problem-Solving Strategies in Mathematics Classrooms 3
MAT 522 Methods of Teaching Middle and Secondary Math 3
MAT 662 History, Current Trends, and Technology in Mathematics Education 3
MAT 687 Diagnosis and Remediation of Learning Difficulties in Mathematics 3
MATH 699 Applied Professional Experience in Mathematics Education 3

For Postsecondary Educators*

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
MAT 514 Topics in Applied Algebra and Geometry 3
MAT 515 Probability and Statistics 3
MAT 516 Elements of Differential Calculus 3
MAT 517 Elements of Integral Calculus 3
MAT 518 Linear Algebra 3
MAT 519 Abstract Algebra 3

*Note: You must obtain faculty permission for Postsecondary Educators' courses.

TOTAL CREDITS: 36

Coursework in the mathematics education master’s degree program is available online and at the NSU Regional Campuses. The online delivery option allows international students and those who don’t live near our South Florida campuses to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. The site-based delivery option allows students to take classes in the evenings or on weekends in a location near their homes. The distance education option allows busy professionals the option to complete degrees without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

The applied professional experience is one of many practical applications included in the science education specialization. It is the final step in the completion of the program. Conducted in an appropriate educational setting, candidates will maintain reflective journals and create files of samples of their students’ work and the assessment instruments used to demonstrate achievement of the state professional and content standards. All applied professional experiences are accompanied by a portfolio detailing the rationale, process, and evaluation of the project.

Faculty members in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction are dedicated to preparing aspiring teachers and those seeking careers as professionals in education-related fields. Hailing from NSU and other major universities and institutions throughout the country and around the world, our faculty are highly respected professional practitioners and recognized scholars who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject area expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Furthermore, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

Meet the Faculty and Staff of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction

  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework
  • Successful completion of the Applied Professional Experience, including the portfolio, demonstrating competence with the Educator Accomplished Practices
  • Cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed application for degree

Students are advised to contact their state department of education or an Enrollment Services Representative (Academic Advisor) to determine if this program is suitable for certification/licensure and their career goals.