Math Education (Elementary/Middle School)

Master of Arts
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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

Photo of Christopher Brownwell, Ph.D.

Christopher Brownell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mathematics and STEM Education, Program Director, Mathematics Education


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Manjula Peter Joseph, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mathematics Education

Admission requirements

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

Course listing

Required Courses (30 Units)

Master of Arts Core (required for both options)

ED 779Values in School and Society3
EDRH 794Thesis Introduction and Literature Review3
EDRH 795Research Methods in Education3
EDRH 796Thesis Completion1

Elementary-Middle School Option

Select electives from the following courses

MTHE 721Puzzles and Problem Solving2
MTHE 743Arithmetic of Rational Number Systems: Content and Pedagogy2
MTHE 751Informal Geometry: Content and Pedagogy2
MTHE 753Concepts of Algebra: Content and Pedagogy2
MTHE 755Probability and Statistics: Content and Pedagogy (middle School Emphasis)2
MTHE 765History of Mathematics2
MSER 775Research Team1 - 2

* May be repeated with program director approval