Math Education Studies, EdM

If you have substantial math content background, wish to be a leader in math education, aim to teach math nationally or internationally, and are not seeking New York State teaching certification, our math education studies program will provide you the tools necessary to achieve your professional goals.  

Our math education studies program is a part time program, available fully online. It is comprised of 33 credit hours and can be completed in two years. Our master's program in mathematics education focuses on teaching students how to learn mathematics. Our program emphasizes the use of technology in mathematics teaching and learning, and the assessment of students' understanding and performance. 

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Why Math Education Studies at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • Affordability – low cost, 50% less than comparable universities
  • Flexibility – online and on-campus (day and night) courses
  • Quality – respected leaders in mathematics learning and teaching
  • Technology – use of the latest digital resources and tools

Program Overview

Degree granted Master of Education (EdM)
Degree/credentials required for admission Bachelor's degree and minimum 30 hours of content area
Teacher certification granted
None
Credits required for completion 33
Time to completion 4 to 5 semesters part-time
Program delivery On campus or online
Career opportunities
  • Math teachers in a private, out-of-state, or overseas school setting
  • Instructors in a college setting
  • Researchers and authors
Application deadline Priority Deadlines
Fall: Feb. 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling
Non Teacher Certification

Apply to this program if you have substantial math content background (30 hours of content area minimum) and are not interested in obtaining a recommendation for New York State teaching certification. Students that complete this program without certification may be able teach outside of New York State, both internationally and in their respective states, and within schools that do not require certification.

Program Coursework

The mathematics education studies masters program focuses on teaching students how to learn mathematics. Our program emphasizes the use of technology in mathematics teaching and learning, and the assessment of students' understanding and performance. The described sequence of coursework is required to complete the program.

Please note: a grade of B- or higher is required for all coursework in the math education studies non teacher certification online program.

Odd Years

Spring Semester

  • LAI 546 Teaching and Learning of Algebra
  • LAI 552 Middle Childhood-Adolescent Literacy Methods
  • Choose one (required for either an odd or even spring semester, not both):
    LAI 534 Measurement and Evaluation of STEM* Instruction
    LAI 599 Technology and Curriculum Integration
    LAI 603 Developing Curricula for Emerging Adolescents

Summer Semester

  • LAI 544 Teaching and Learning of Calculus

Fall Semester

  • LAI 514 Adolescent Writing across the Curriculum
  • Choose one:
    LAI 508 Educational Uses of the Internet
    LAI 678 Digital Media in Education
    LAI 640 Designing Course Content Using Online Digital Resources

Even Years

Spring Semester

  • LAI 553 Technology in Secondary Math Teaching
  • LAI 645 School Math from an Adv Standpoint 3 (Combinatorics/Statistics)
  • Choose one (required for either an odd or even spring semester, not both):
    LAI 534 Measurement and Evaluation of STEM* Instruction
    LAI 599 Technology and Curriculum Integration
    LAI 603 Developing Curricula for Emerging Adolescents

Summer Semester

  • LAI 542 Enrichment Topics in Elementary and Middle School

Fall Semester

  • LAI 578 Teaching and Learning of Statistics
  • LAI 647 School Math from an Adv Standpoint 4 (Nonplanar, 3D Math)

Any Semester

  • LAI 700 The Capstone Course

Faculty

Application Requirements

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent (i.e., 30 mathematics-related credit hours) from an accredited institution and an interest in math education at the graduate level. A minimum 3.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA is expected.

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Contact information for at least two individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Career goals statement: a clearly-written personal statement that speaks to your career goals, explaining your commitment to math, and addressing an educational or social issue in math education of personal interest.

Former/Maiden Name: The Graduate School of Education must be made aware if applicants have ever changed their name. If this is the case, be sure to ask the institution sending your transcripts to indicate your current name and any former or maiden names.

Admission Decision: The admission decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. Typically, this takes between 2-4 weeks. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

Supporting Documentation

All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 96 for the Internet based test. 
    • IELTS minimum score is 7.0 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.5. 
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall with no individual sub-score below 50. 
  • Financial documentation – International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement translated into U.S. dollars

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.