Wayne State University

Master of Education

This program is designed for teachers who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills for teaching mathematics. The Master of Education in Mathematics Education may be completed in programs with orientations suitable to teachers certified for elementary or secondary teaching. The programs differ in their Mathematics and Mathematics Education requirements.

Students interested in the Master of Education in Mathematics Education should contact Academic Services at the College of Education.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for the Master of Education program in Mathematics, applicants must present evidence of:

  1. Eligibility for a Michigan provisional teaching certificate;
  2. Undergraduate course work in mathematics appropriate to the certification level; and
  3. An overall honor point average of 2.75 or higher and at least a 3.0 honor point average in mathematics. Admission to the Master of Education program is contingent upon admission to the graduate school. Applications for the Master of Education Degree are available online or in the Academic Services Division, Room 489 Education.

Plan of Work

After you have been admitted to the Master of Education program, you should meet with a mathematics education advisor to complete your Plan of Work. Your Plan of Work must be submitted to the Graduate Education Office for approval prior to completion of 12 semester hours of graduate course work.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Teacher Education Division and Mathematics Education Program area are committed to Wayne State University’s program assessment initiative and documents programmatic assessment plans in Compliance Assist, the university’s virtual assessment storehouse. The Division’s teacher certification programs are nationally accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Assessment data are collected on an ongoing basis as it pertains to programmatic learning outcomes, and as data are reviewed, course assignments and rubrics are also reviewed and potentially revised.  Our current mission statement for our master’s program is as follows:

The Master’s program in Mathematics Education is designed to advance the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of mathematics educators to be effective mathematics teachers and leaders. The program fosters mathematics teachers’ skills and knowledge by examining scholarly publications in teaching and learning different mathematical subjects, current research on best mathematics education practices and innovative technologies in mathematics education; and by analyzing and designing lessons based on research, best practices, and current standards. The program also urges mathematics teachers to reflect on their dispositions and advances those dispositions along with their knowledge and skills to contribute to a complex, diverse, and changing educational landscape.

Program Learning outcomes for the master’s program:

  1. Critically examine educational research in mathematics education,
  2. Connect mathematics education research to practice,
  3. Design a plan to collect data to improve educational practices in mathematics education, and
  4. Systemically collect data to improve educational practices in mathematics education.

We assess these learning outcomes via various assignments in our courses and we are glad to report that our students meet the criterion for all assessments. As we continue to improve our program, we seek ways to provide the best mathematical education for our students.