math education

Mathematics Education (M.S.)

Graduate
  • 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

Phone
301-696-3838
Tanith Fowler Corsi

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone
301-696-3603

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

(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

Christopher Rosas, M.S.'19 Math Education

Christopher Rosas, M.S.'19 Math Education, Discusses Career Impact

Christopher Rosas, M.S.'19 Math Education, was nominated by Hood College's Department of Education to create a short video discussing the impact of the graduate program on his teaching career.

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