Mathematics: Mathematics Education Concentration, M.S.

Mathematics: Mathematics Education Concentration, M.S.
33 credit hours
Admits: Fall, Spring & Summer
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Develop depth and breadth in mathematics teaching and learning through the M.S. in Mathematics, Mathematics Education degree program.

Over the course of a two-year rotation cycle, you'll take advanced graduate-level courses covering mathematics education, learning theory, research and contemporary topics in secondary mathematics teaching. By the end of the program, you'll demonstrate program goals in a two-part oral presentation which will include a comprehensive portfolio or final research report.

What Sets This Program Apart

  • Expert graduate teaching faculty from the UNC Charlotte Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Take the coursework in any order
  • Deep focus on concepts of math and math education

About the Program

The MS Mathematics, Mathematics Education Concentration is designed primarily for secondary school mathematics teachers interested in professional growth in teaching mathematics. The program also welcomes mathematics teachers seeking the necessary preparation to teach mathematics in post-secondary settings such as community colleges. The Mathematics Education Concentration is not an approved licensure program per NCDPI nor CAEP accredited.

The MS Mathematics is a 33 credit hour program consisting of 21 credits of graduate mathematics content and 9 credits of mathematics education courses and a 3 credit professional education course. Most courses in the program will require some synchronous activity.

The program is 100% online and can be completed in as little as 6 semesters if enrolled part time.


Application Deadlines:

  • August 1 (fall)
  • December 1 (spring)
  • May 1 (Summer first half term)

Admissions & Requirements:

  • Complete the Graduate School Admission Application.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a university accredited by a US Department of Education-recognized institutional accreditor.
  • All previous work beyond high school documenting an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale).
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts from all academic coursework beyond high school.
  • Three recommendations from professionals who are able to judge the quality of the applicant as a future student in this program. Applicants will provide reference contact names and email addresses through the application portal.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Twenty-seven hours of undergraduate coursework in Mathematics beyond the freshman level, or evidence of equivalent academic preparation.
  • Possession of a North Carolina “A” teacher’s license or the equivalent from another state is preferred.
  • Two years of full-time experience teaching mathematics in a secondary school or other acceptable teaching experience.
    • Please try to mention this experience within your personal statement.
  • GRE General Test or the GMAT and have their test scores sent directly from the testing agency to the Office of Graduate Admissions at UNC Charlotte

Please see course listings through our Course Catalog.

Candidates for the M.S. in Mathematics with Concentration in Mathematics Education degree must complete a minimum of 33 credit hours of graduate coursework or the equivalent. Of these, 18 credit hours must be in courses numbered 6000 or above. Programs of study beyond these 33 credit hours may be required to remove deficiencies in undergraduate programs or to develop areas of need, interest, or desired experience.

Core Courses (15 Hours)

  • MATH 5109 - History of Mathematical Thought (3)
  • MATH 6101 - Foundations of Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 6102 - Real Analysis for Secondary Mathematics Teachers (3)
  • MATH 6118 - Non-Euclidean Geometry (3)
  • MATH or STAT 6108 - Probability and Statistics for Secondary Mathematics Teachers (3)

Mathematical Foundations and Algebra Courses (6 credit hours)

Select two of the following

  • MATH 5161 - Number Theory (3)
  • MATH 6106 - Modern Algebra for Secondary Mathematics Teachers (3)
  • MATH 6107 - Linear Algebra for Secondary Mathematics Teachers (3)

Mathematics Education Courses (9 credit hours)

  • MAED 6122 - Theoretical Foundations of Learning Mathematics (3)
  • MAED 6123 - Research in Mathematics Education (3)
  • MAED 6124 - Issues in the Teaching of Secondary School Mathematics (3)

Professional Education Course (3 credit hours)

  • MDSK 6260 - Teacher Leadership (3)

Each student must complete a Basic Portfolio consisting of documents and artifacts that provide evidence of the student’s professional growth during the program as well as a comprehensive examination.

For more information, please visit the Graduate Programs web page.


*Rates are subject to change* 


  • $288.82 per credit hour
  • $9,531.00 est. program cost

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour
  • $17,720.00 est. program cost


  • $1,098.21 per credit hour
  • $36,241.00 est. program cost