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Master of Education (M. Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction - Mathematics Education

Is this program for me?

The Master’s program in Curriculum and Instruction - Mathematics Education produces educators in mathematics who are well versed in current research and theories about mathematics learning and teaching. Graduates teach mathematics at all levels, from early childhood through college, and serve as leaders across the field. The program focuses on analysis of theories about curriculum development and implementation, learning and assessment, equity in mathematics education and becoming an agent of change in mathematics education.

It will typically take 2 to 3 years to complete the degree if students are enrolled 6-9 hours per semester.

What will I learn? 

The Master’s Program in Curriculum & Instruction -Mathematics Education develops professional, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills through

  • Core coursework
  • Specialized Electives
  • Capstone Project or Master’s Thesis

This program emphasizes the development of the following skills:

  • Analysis of theories and models of learning and teaching
  • Analysis of curriculum development and resources
  • Analysis of current issues in mathematics education
  • Development of reflective thinking toward ongoing improved instructional practices
  • Analysis and design of mentoring, coaching and other research-based professional development programs
  • Analysis and critique of various research designs

Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan. Following are the most current sample degree plans:

  1. M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with and Emphasis in Mathematics Education

This path serves several populations such as practicing K-12 mathematics teachers who wish to pursue graduate degrees that highlight important and current issues in mathematics education, elementary teachers who wish to become middle school teachers or mathematics specialists, and teachers interested in technological enhancements to mathematics instruction.

Math/Mathematics Education Dual Credit M.Ed Program

High school mathematics teachers or students who have a B.S. or B.A in a mathematics may be interested in the Math/Math Ed Dual Credit M.Ed.

The Dual Credit Math/Math Ed M.Ed is designed for high school mathematics teachers who wish to teach Dual Credit Mathematics courses or for those who wish to become eligible to teach mathematics at a community college or some universities. For college-level academic dual credit courses, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requires that instructors have a master’s degree or doctoral degree with 18 graduate hours in the discipline being taught.

The Dual Credit Curriculum and Delivery

  • ONLINE 36-hr, M.Ed program that can be completed in 2 years. Graduates earn an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics Education.
  • 18-hr MATH courses – these are courses in the Master of Arts in Mathematics program listed at (; the is student responsible for making sure prerequisites are met.
  • 18 hours of Curriculum and Instruction/Mathematics Education courses
    • CUIN Professional Seminars I and II
    • Issues in Mathematics Education
    • Developing Proportional Reasoning
    • Teaching Geometry Gr 6-12
    • Developing Algebraic Thinking
Applicants for this program are responsible for meeting prerequisite coursework that is needed for the mathematics courses in the Master of Arts in Mathematics program. Typically, applicants should have at least two semesters of calculus. Ideally, they also have one semester each of linear algebra, intermediate analysis and differential equations.

A practicing middle school mathematics teacher seeking this degree may be also be eligible for the following programs:

iSMART (Integrated Science, Math & Reflective Teaching for Texas Middle School Teachers)

This program is for students who are certified to teach mathematics and are interested in collaborating with science teachers. 

UH4-8MMT (University of Houston 4th -8th grade Master Mathematics Teacher Certification)

This program is for students who are certified to teach mathematics and who wish to earn a UH4-8MMT Certification. Each cohort begins in the Fall semester and is a five semester course sequence with 160 practicum-hours embedded across the courses. To be eligible for the UH4-8MMT Program, applicants must be admitted to a University of Houston M.Ed or Ed.D Curriculum and Instruction mathematics education program.

Three steps to the UH4-8MMT Application:

  1. Executive Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Professional Leadership - Mathematics Education

The Ed.D. in Professional Leadership, with an emphasis in mathematics education, in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction is a 51- hour program at the University of Houston - Sugar Land campus providing research and applied skills for educators grappling with current issues in urban settings.

What can I do with my degree?

A master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Education provides the coursework and training necessary to obtain 4-8 or 8-12 mathematics certification while simultaneously earning an M.Ed.

It prepares professionals to work in various roles in settings such as:

  • Schools and Child-Related Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Mental Health Care Facilities
  • Industry

Our graduates will be qualified for the following careers:

  • Curriculum Specialist
  • 4-8 or 8-12 Mathematics Teacher
  • Mathematics Department Chair (Middle or High Schools)

To apply for this program, please visit Graduate Admissions.