math education

Mathematics Education (M.S.)

  • 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.

Program Contact

Christy Graybeal

Program Director


Christian DiGregorio

Director of Graduate Admission


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.

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

  • Associate Professor of Education and Mathematics
  • Department Chair of Education

Tricia K. Strickland

  • Associate Professor of Education
  • Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning