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Ignite and sustain your excitement about mathematics and learning with FPU’s master of arts in education with an emphasis in mathematics education. This program, designed for multiple subject teachers, provides a deeper understanding of the key mathematical concepts encountered at elementary and middle school grade levels, and how to teach these concepts effectively. Candidates gain both content knowledge and an understanding of how to foster interest in math among students of varying abilities and backgrounds.


  • Small class size
  • Special program designed for non-math majors who are multiple subject teachers
  • Scholarships available
  • Transfer in a maximum of 3 graduate units

Career opportunities

Graduates gain a deeper understanding of the key mathematical concepts encountered at their grade level and how to teach these concepts effectively. Successful graduates of this program have become district math coordinators or math instructors at the community college level.

Program director

Christopher Brownwell, Ph.D.
Christopher Brownell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mathematics and STEM Education

Admission requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Orientation interview with program director
  • Statement of intent 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree
  • Letter of explanation if your GPA is under 3.0

Course listing

Required Courses (33 Units)

Master Of Arts Core
ED-771Research Methodology3
ED-779Values in School and Society3
MED-798Project/Thesis Proposal1
MED-799Project/Thesis Mathematics Education3

Select from the following courses:

MTHE-721Puzzles and Problem Solving2
MTHE-743Arithmetic of Rational Number Systems: Content & Pedagogy2
MTHE-751Informal Geometry: Content & Pedagogy2
MTHE-753Concepts of Algebra: Content & Pedagogy2
MTHE-755Probability and Statistics: Content & Pedagogy (Middle School Emphasis)2
MTHE-765History of Mathematics2
MTHE-786*Topics in Mathematics2
EDUC-775**Research Team I, II, III1

* May be repeated with program director approval
** Taken three times for a total of 3 units