A number of colleges and universities offer online master's degrees for mathematics teaching. The Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Science (M.S.) in Teaching Mathematics may emphasize elementary, middle or high school education and can be completed online. Both options normally require applicants to have a significant undergraduate background in mathematics. These online programs are typically designed for active teachers seeking additional professional and academic credentials. The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Mathematics is geared toward working teachers who are seeking certification or licensure in mathematics. Considered a professional degree, this option may emphasize practical teaching applications over theory. Students often need to complete a student teaching experience and a presentation of a capstone project in addition to online coursework.
The curricula for distance-learning education programs vary depending on degree type as well as the schooling level at which students plan to teach (post-secondary or K-12). However, mathematics teaching programs tend to have some similar components addressing number components and theories, math games and algebraic reasoning. Online graduate degree programs for teaching mathematics usually incorporate the following class topics:
- Advanced educational psychology
- Diagnosing mathematical thinking
- Math curriculum and instruction methods
- Administration and organization of mathematics teaching
- Safety and health concerns in the classroom
Part of the program requirements for campus-based and online students seeking licensure includes student teaching in an approved K-12 classroom. Some programs include a capstone project that may require an oral presentation and defense.
Requirements for Distance Learning
Online degree programs in teaching math utilize communication tools such as streaming audio and video, interactive discussion boards and e-mail to deliver course material. Students in online classes tend to work asynchronously; however, they are required to turn in completed assignments by specified due dates. Typically, they must also satisfy a certain amount of participation credits through interactive discussion with professors and classmates.
Graduate coursework in mathematics teaching typically offers current teachers professional advancement, and the opportunity to obtain licensure or certification post-graduation. The most common graduate-level online programs for education with an emphasis in mathematics result in an M.S. degree, although there are also options culminating in an M.A. or M.Ed.
Graduate programs in math education are available online as Master of Arts and Master of Science in Teaching Mathematics programs. Though the coursework in these programs are available fully online, students often need to complete a student teaching experience and/or a capstone project.