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Secondary Mathematics Education (Florida State-Approved)

The M.S. in Education with a specialization in Secondary 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 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
  • Valid professional teaching certificate or temporary teaching certificate with passing scores for General Knowledge Test (GKT)

Additional Entrance Requirements

  • Valid Teaching Certificate (Temporary  or  Professional)

If entering with Temporary Teaching Certificate, please provide test scores:

  • 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 M.S. and Ed.S. Program 0
CUR 0526 Educational Research for Practitioners 3
MAT 0522 Methods of Teaching Middle and Secondary Mathematics 3
MAT 0504 Algebra in Secondary Schools 3
MAT 0509 Learning and Teaching Geometry in the K -12 Classroom 3
MAT 0506 Strategies for Teaching Calculus 3
MAT 0507 Linear and Abstract Algebra for Teachers 3
MAT 0513 Problem-Solving Strategies in Mathematics Classrooms 3
MAT 0662 History, Current Trends, and Technology in Mathematics Education 3
MAT 0687 Diagnosis and Remediation of Learning Difficulties in Mathematics 3
MAT 0511 Teaching Probability and Statistics in the K -12 Classroom 3
MAT 0508 Conquering the Teaching of Calculus 3
MAT 0697 Applied Professional Experience in Mathematics 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.

Coursework for the M.S. in Education with a specialization in Secondary Mathematics Education is a state-approved program, is available online. The online delivery option allows candidates to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. The distance delivery option allows busy professionals to complete their degrees without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

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

Additional Graduation Requirements

Students with a Temporary Teaching Certificate must provide:

  • Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) – Passing scores on the following areas:
    • Professional Education Test (PED) 
    • General Knowledge Test (GKT) 
    • Subject Area Exam (SAE) in Mathematics 6-12
    • Evidence of student teaching experience or 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 6-12

The master of science in education degree program with a specialization in secondary mathematics education (state- approved in Florida) meets all requirements of the Florida Department of Education secondary mathematics education (grades 6–12) 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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