Master of Arts in Education—Mathematics Education

Become a leader in K-12 math education with ECU’s master’s in mathematics education

Mathematics is a critical skill both inside and outside the classroom. Develop new competencies to teach mathematics more effectively with East Carolina University’s master’s in mathematics education. Deepen your understanding of mathematics education to become a better teacher and leader in your classroom and school.

At ECU, we offer a mathematics education master’s degree designed for current mathematics teachers. Our curriculum will sharpen your instructional expertise and deepen your mathematics knowledge while providing the flexibility you need to balance your other priorities. Plus, you’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned in your classroom immediately, piloting assessment items and conducting research. Whether you’re looking for a salary boost, improved classroom outcomes, a leadership position, or all of the above, our mathematics education master’s is your formula for success.

Add valuable credentials

An elementary teacher requires a different skill set than middle school or high school teachers. We designed our master’s in mathematics education for teachers at all levels. Select a concentration to customize your degree:

  • Elementary (K-5) – online
  • Middle School – online
  • High School – online when part of a cohort program; hybrid otherwise

With ECU’s master’s in mathematics education, you’ll take courses that are specific to your experience and career goals alongside courses that apply to diverse classrooms. All three concentrations offer online coursework designed for full-time teachers. The high school concentration is a hybrid program, combining online coursework with four on-campus MATH courses—although the HS cohort offered every three years is 100% online. Regardless of the concentration you choose, you can complete your coursework in two years while continuing to work full-time in the classroom.


Why study math education at ECU?

ECU’s math education master’s degree is highly respected in North Carolina and the region. Get tremendous value for your master’s in mathematics education when you enjoy these other great benefits of our program:

Connect with peers and expand your network

As a graduate student in our master’s in mathematics education program, you’ll study alongside other mathematics teachers, sharing ideas and collaborating on how to improve mathematics education. You’ll also have the support of a large network of ECU education alumni for future learning and career opportunities.

Earn your degree in a flexible format

We understand the daily challenges that teachers face, which is why we designed our mathematics education master’s with flexibility that enables you to continue working while earning your degree. The elementary and middle grades mathematics concentrations are offered 100% online while the high school concentration is offered in a hybrid format (although 100% online when joining a cohort). You can take classes on a part-time basis and still finish your degree in just two years.

Learn from expert faculty

Our faculty are lifelong educators with real-world experience teaching math in K-12 classrooms. Under their guidance, you’ll learn not only mathematics education but also how to become a trusted leader and mentor for other teachers.

Courses you will take in the master’s in math education program

Your master’s in mathematics education classes will help you become a more effective mathematics teacher. As part of the online core curriculum, you’ll take five classes that explore human learning and leadership and strengthen your research skills:

  • Introduction to Differences in Human Learning in Schools
  • Mathematics Assessment for the Classroom Teacher or Geometry and Spatial Visualization: K-5 Assessment
  • Leadership in Mathematics Education or Mathematical Modeling: K-5 Leadership
  • Research in Mathematics Education
  • Capstone Project in Mathematics Education

In addition to your core curriculum, you’ll take four classes in your concentration area and three classes outside your concentration area to expand your view of K-12 mathematics. In total, you will complete 12 courses (36 credit hours).

View the entire list of courses for our master’s in math education in our graduate catalog

Hear from our math education master’s students

“This was an awesome experience! I couldn’t imagine what it would have been like without the support and encouragement of my cohort buddies. I really encourage my other math colleagues to look into joining the (next) cohort.”

—Misty Jones, master’s in mathematics education

What can you do with your master’s in mathematics education?

If you’re passionate about teaching mathematics in a K-12 classroom setting, ECU’s master’s in math education is an ideal program for you. You’ll be prepared to collaborate with and lead other teachers in your school and district to make a real difference in the classroom.

As a graduate with a master’s in mathematics education, you’ll be able to pursue instructional coaching positions, become a mathematics specialist, teach mathematics education at the college level, or continue on to pursue a doctoral degree. Some of our graduates have used their new skills and credentials to pursue national board certification.

Where are mathematics education master’s graduates working?

ECU alumni who hold a master’s in mathematics education have careers in school districts throughout North Carolina. Several of our graduates are now serving as full-time faculty members in community colleges or universities. Highly qualified mathematics teachers are always in high demand, making a mathematics education master’s degree a worthwhile investment in your future.

Get started on your math education master’s degree

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Accreditation for mathematics education at ECU

ECU’s master’s in mathematics education is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.