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Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Mathematics Education

At CU Denver, we recognize that effective mathematics teaching requires a deep understanding of student learning and mathematics content. If you are a licensed teacher who wants to delve into mathematics content while developing research-based teaching practices that support students’ mathematics learning, then you have come to the right place!

Our program draws students with strong academic capabilities and broad professional experiences. Our graduates are positioned to work successfully in leadership roles in urban and diverse schools and understand the important role mathematics plays in the sciences, engineering and other professions.

Required courses include Educational Research, Mathematics Education, and Mathematics Content. For elective courses you can select from Assessment in Mathematics Education, Curriculum in Mathematics and other relevant courses related to teaching and learning mathematics. Coursework prepares students for Master Certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, as well as licensure renewal with the Colorado Department of Education.

We’ve designed the program to be convenient for current teachers. For example, we’ve combined face-to-face learning with field-based practice. Evening, weekend and summer formats are available. Course assignments are relevant to the work of practicing teachers and draw on teachers’ work in their classrooms.

Our experienced professors are recognized nationally and internationally. They will put you in touch with innovative teaching methods, help you to connect research to practice, and provide you with tools that can support all students’ mathematical learning.

We welcome applications from elementary and secondary teachers who have a passion for teaching and learning mathematics.

The MSEd requires 36 semester hours. It includes: 18 credit hours of mathematics education core to expand teachers’ understanding of learning, teaching and research in the field; 12 credit hours of intensive mathematics content; and, 6 credit hours focused on research and inquiry issues. Degree completion requires either an inquiry project in a classroom or a research thesis addressing a problem and questions of interest to both the student and to the field.

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Classes are scheduled to fit around your professional hours.

We recommend that working teachers take no more than one course per semester during the school year, and up to two courses in the summer. In general, you should not take more than two courses in any given semester.

Your MSEd course requirements depend upon your background.

Course requirements if you obtained a teaching license through CU Denver’s Urban Community Teacher Education program

Course requirements if you obtained your teacher’s license in another way

For more information, please contact Academic Services at or 303.315.6339.

SEHD’s Continuing and Professional Education division offers a new three-course certificate called Mathematical Content Knowledge for Teaching. There are two track options for teachers: 1.) Elementary and 2.) K-12. Questions? Please contact 303.315.4985.

Graduates of this program go on to become:
Math teachers
University instructors
School district administrators
Curriculum developers
Educational researchers in schools, universities and private organizations
Education consultants (for schools, non-profit organizations, military, health care and government)
A number of our graduates pursue doctoral studies in education

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