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Mathematics Education

The M.S. in Education with a specialization in Mathematics Education is a state approved program that focuses on preparing educators in the areas of middle and secondary school 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.

  • Completed application with a $50.00 non-refundable fee. A $50.00 application fee is required for each application submitted to Nova Southeastern University.
  • An official transcript from a regionally accredited institution indicating a conferred bachelor’s degree.
  • Evidence of a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of a 2.5, or GRE scores of 300 (combined Verbal and Quantitative scales only) or the Miller’s Analogies Test (MAT) with a scaled score of 400. (The tests must have been taken within the past 5 years from the date of application.)
  • Valid Teaching Certificate: Temporary  or  Professional. If entering with Temporary Teaching Certificate, please provide:
    • General  Knowledge Test (GKT), or
    • GRE score of 300 (combined verbal and quantitative scales only)

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 509 Learning Geometry in the K -12 Classroom 3
MAT 513 Problem-Solving Strategies in Mathematics Classrooms 3
MAT 662 History, Current Trends, and Technology in Mathematics Education 3
MAT 687 Diagnosis and Remediation of Learning Difficulties in Mathematics 3
MAT 511 Teaching Probability and Statistics in the K -12 Classroom 3
MAT 522 Methods of Teaching Middle and Secondary Mathematics 3
MAT 508 Conquering the Teaching of Calculus 3
MAT 506 Strategies for Teaching Calculus 3
MAT 507 Linear and Abstract Algebra for Teachers 3
MAT 697 Applied Professional Experience in Math Education 3


The applied professional experience is the capstone in the completion of this 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. This course is one of the many practical applications included in the program.

Students with a Temporary Teaching Certificate must provide:

  • Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) – Passing scores on the following areas:
    a. Professional Education Test (PED) 
    b. General Knowledge Test (GKT) or CLAST (if taken prior to July 1, of 2002) 
    c. Subject Area Exam (SAE) in Mathematics Education 5-9 or 6-12
    d. Evidence of student teaching experience or have a minimum of one (1) year of full-time teaching experience in a K-12 school.

Students with a Professional Teaching Certificate must provide:

  •  Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) – Passing scores on the following areas: Subject Area Exam (SAE) in Mathematics Education 5-9 or 6-12
  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework
  • Successful completion of the Supervised Teaching Internship, including the portfolio, demonstrating competence within the Educator Accomplished Practices
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher

All students must submit a Degree Application

Coursework for the Education with a specialization in Mathematics Education is available online, allowing busy professionals to complete their degrees without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances. This distance delivery option requires candidates to receive and submit coursework, and interact with participants and professors, via the Internet.

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

The master of science in education degree program with a specialization in mathematics education is state-approved in Florida and meets all requirements of the Florida Department of Education mathematics education add-on certification.

Florida participates in the Interstate Agreement on Qualification of Educational Personnel with 38 other states for teacher certification and/or licensure. Graduates who wish to teach outside the state of Florida must contact the state’s department of education for information for attaining certification through reciprocity.

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