Math Education (Secondary School)

Master of Arts
  • Professor and student discussing in front of class

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 single subject teachers, provides a deeper understanding of the key mathematical concepts encountered at the secondary level, and how to teach these concepts effectively. The program emphasizes a deep and broad understanding of math taught at the high school level.


  • Small class size
  • Allows graduates to teach at the community college level
  • Special program designed for single subject teachers
  • Cohort program starting in January 2021 with special scholarship opportunities available to those who qualify under the K-16 Education Collaborative at Central, Clovis, Fresno and Sanger Unified School Districts.

Career opportunities

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


Photo of Manjula Peter Joseph, Ph.D.

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

The program is currently under revision. For update information, please contact the program director, Chris Brownell, at

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

Secondary School Option

Select electives from the following courses

MTHE 724Problem Solving in Mathematics *2
MTHE 757Contemporary Mathematics3
MTHE 761Advanced Geometry3
MTHE 762Advanced Algebra3
MTHE 763Probability and Statistics3
MTHE 764Discrete Mathematics3
MTHE 765History of Mathematics2

* May be repeated with program director approval