Math Education

Mathematics Education (M.S.)

Graduate
  • Online
  • Certificate
  • Master's

About this Program

Good teachers know they need to acquire a deeper understanding of math themselves. They also know they must adapt and even rethink their teaching practices.With Maryland’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards, expectations for K-12 students are higher than ever — especially in mathematics. The Hood College Graduate School, located in Frederick, Maryland, offers a master’s degree in math education and a certificate option designed to prepare teachers to ensure their students make the grade.

Program Overview

Learn math the way young students do

From algebra and graph theory to cutting-edge technological tools, master’s candidates learn through doing — just as their students do. Top-notch faculty members with deep connections in the region’s school districts bring proven experience to instruction, modeling research-based pedagogy and process in active, hands-on classes. The goal is to immerse students in current math content and equip them to teach it dynamically and effectively.

Two tracks to better teaching 

The only one of its kind in Western Maryland, the 30-credit master’s degree program combines courses from both mathematics and education and affords students the expertise of faculty from both fields as well. The middle school track is designed for students without an undergraduate degree in mathematics, while the high school track is for those who have completed an undergraduate math degree. Those who do not want or need a full master's degree may choose to earn a certificate in secondary mathematics education. Yet another option is to transfer the five certificate courses into a master's program later.

* The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has several grants available to fund graduate coursework and classroom initiatives.

Student & Alumni Testimonials

"At Hood, I am a part of another professional community. Every professor and colleague of mine have shared lessons and many strategies to become better teachers. I have cherished the moments in all of my graduate classes as they help me continue to grow professionally." - Chris Coughlin M.S. Math Education '19

*Please note the Math Education master's program is not open to F1 students.

Degrees Offered

  • Certificate
  • MS

For students applying to the M.S. in Mathematics Education program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution attended
  • A one-page statement describing how the program relates to previous academic and professional experience and to occupational or personal goals

For students applying to the certificate in Secondary Mathematics Education program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution attended.

(For students without an undergraduate degree in mathematics)

Four courses in mathematics:

MATH 500Statistics

3.0

MATH 501Explorations in Geometry

3.0

MATH 502Explorations in Algebra

3.0

MATH 505Discrete Math

3.0

Four courses in education:

EDUC 551The Teaching of Geometry

3.0

EDUC 552The Teaching of Algebra

3.0

EDUC 595The Teaching of Statistics & Probability: Decision Making with Mathematics

3.0

EDUC 596The Teaching of Mathematical Modeling: Strategies for Contemporary Problems

3.0

Two electives chosen from:

EDMA 530Mathematics Education Leadership I

3.0

EDMA 531Mathematics Education Leadership II: Practicum

3.0

EDMA 579Capstone Project

3.0

EDUC 502Technology for Literacy,Leadership & Learning

3.0

EDUC 539National Board Certification Support

3.0

EDUC 546The Teaching of Numbers,Operations & Algebraic Thinking in Elementary & Middle School

3.0

EDUC 547The Teaching of Geometry & Measurement in Elementary & Middle School

3.0

EDUC 561Teaching Diverse Learners in an Inclusive Setting

3.0

EDUC 576Curriculum & Methods in Inclusive Classrooms: Math and Science

3.0

EDUC 581Research-Based Teaching,Learning & Assessment

3.0

EDUC 583Principles of Curriculum Development & Appraisal

3.0

CSIT 512Elements of Computer Programming

3.0

MATH 575Independent Study

1.0 - 3.0

MATH 599Special Topics

3.0

MATH 503Explorations in Calculus

3.0

MATH 504 Explorations in Secondary School Math

3.0

MATH 520 Mathematical Modeling for Teachers

3.0

MATH 570 History of Mathematics 

3.0

(For students with a mathematics degree)

Four courses in mathematics:

MATH 500Statistics

3.0

MATH 505Discrete Math

3.0

MATH 507/MATH 407Introduction to Graph Theory

3.0

MATH 509/MATH 409Elementary Number Theory

3.0

Four courses in education:

EDUC 551The Teaching of Geometry

3.0

EDUC 552The Teaching of Algebra

3.0

EDUC 595The Teaching of Statistics & Probability: Decision Making with Mathematics

3.0

EDUC 596The Teaching of Mathematical Modeling: Strategies for Contemporary Problems

3.0

Two electives chosen from:

EDMA 530Mathematics Education Leadership I

3.0

EDMA 531Mathematics Education Leadership II: Practicum

3.0

EDMA 579Capstone Project

3.0

EDUC 502Technology for Literacy,Leadership & Learning

3.0

EDUC 539National Board Certification Support

3.0

EDUC 561Teaching Diverse Learners in an Inclusive Setting

3.0

EDUC 576Curriculum & Methods in Inclusive Classrooms: Math and Science

3.0

EDUC 581Research-Based Teaching,Learning & Assessment

3.0

EDUC 583Principles of Curriculum Development & Appraisal

3.0

CSIT 512Elements of Computer Programming

3.0

MATH 575Independent Study

1.0 - 3.0

MATH 599Special Topics

3.0

MATH 503Explorations in Calculus

3.0

MATH 504Explorations in Secondary Education School Math

3.0

MATH 520Mathematical Modeling for Teachers

3.0

MATH 570History of Mathematics

3.0

Karine Ptak

Graduate Alumna Karine Ptak Published in Mathematics Teacher

Karine Ptak, Chair of the Mathematics Department at Frederick High School and Hood College M.S. in Mathematics Education graduate '16, recently published an article in Mathematics Teacher, a journal of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Program Contact

Christy Graybeal

Program Director

Phone
301-696-3838
Nick Masucci

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission

Phone
301-696-3601

Our advisory board...

provides support and assistance in the development of new programs, serves as ambassadors for our program and identifies best practice standards.

All Faculty
Christy Graybeal

Christy Graybeal

  • Professor of Education and Mathematics
  • Chair, Department of Education
  • Program Director, Mathematics Education and Math Instructional Leadership

James Parson

  • Department Chair of Mathematics
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics
Strickland

Tricia K. Strickland

  • Associate Professor of Education
  • Program Coordinator, Elementary & Special Education
Kevin Giffhorn

Graduate Alumni Focus | Kevin Giffhorn

Kevin Giffhorn, Mathematics Education M.S.'10 Alumni Faculty Graduate School Graduate Student

"Both the math and education professors helped me learn better teaching methods to use in my classroom and higher level math topics to enhance the curriculum. Additionally, my classmates were amazing teachers and I learned a lot from them."

  • Academics
  • Math & Computer Sciences
  • Education
Ally Golightly

Graduate Alumna Focus | Ally Golightly

Ally Golightly, Mathematics Instructional Leadership M.S.'21 Alumni Graduate School Graduate Student

"I felt the Mathematics Instructional Leadership program would broaden my knowledge of mathematical concepts and skills, and would provide me with opportunities to support and improve my mathematical instruction."

  • Academics
  • Math & Computer Sciences
  • Education
Wendy Wheeler

Graduate Student Spotlight | Wendy Wheeler

Wendy Wheeler, M.S. Math Education Graduate School Graduate Student

Wendy Wheeler is currently enrolled in Hood College's graduate program in Mathematics Education. She has taught 5th grade math for over 17 years.

  • Academics
  • Math & Computer Sciences