Master of Mathematics Education

The mathematics education master's degree program has been developed to meet the professional needs of high school mathematics teachers. Ohio Department of Education licensure guidelines now require that all K-12 grade teachers complete a master's degree program in their content area or general education in order to maintain a provisional teaching license for a second renewal. The Department of Mathematics has created the MME to meet this requirement, and it has been designed to address issues that are especially important to high school mathematics educators.

Key features of the program include: curriculum that focuses on pedagogical content knowledge, the special knowledge that distinguishes the mathematics knowledge of teachers from that of mathematicians; student development of a stronger mathematics content knowledge, as well as the ability and opportunity to apply this knowledge to the 9-12 grade curriculum; introduction to major research issues and both quantitative and qualitative methods in mathematics education; focus on students' continued growth as leaders in education; an emphasis on the latest technological advances - both computer-based and using hand-held graphing utilities. Additionally, students will consistently experience the "best practices" as modeled by program faculty whose area of expertise is mathematics education.

This is primarily a summer program that offers a solid base in the teaching of secondary school mathematics. The curriculum includes both mathematics and education coursework consisting of 10 classes that may be completed over the course of three summers, with minimal requirements during the regular school year.

As is the case with other graduate programs within the Department of Mathematics, the MME program requires a capstone experience of a Mathematics Clinic project. Each student will work with a faculty member to design and implement a research project in mathematics education. A "journal ready" report will be required, as well as a presentation of their findings in one of our departmental colloquia.

Program Details

Mathematics is the study of shape and form, of numbers and patterns, of concrete examples and abstract generalizations. As a discipline, mathematics is not easy to categorize. We offer a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in applied mathematical economics (in collaboration with the Department of Economics and Finance). We also offer a Master of Science in applied mathematics. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé.
  4. A valid teaching license for secondary school mathematics, a letter from secondary school principal indicating that applicant is a full-time mathematics teacher or a letter from community college indicating that applicant is a full-time teacher.
  5. Results from the GRE are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Academic Requirements
Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in a mathematics education-related field and have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA are encouraged to score 500 or above on each section of the GRE.

Additional Information
Graduate assistantships are available.

Admission Resources

Graduate Admission

Graduate Catalog


Department of Mathematics

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300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2316