If you are looking to teach at a community college, you might be interested in Ball State's master's degree for community college math educators, also available completely online.

If you’re in the early years of your math teaching career and thinking about earning a master’s degree, you’re probably looking for a program that will not interfere with your classroom routine. Moving miles to a university campus may be out of the question. 

Ball State University offers a master of arts in mathematics education degree that you can earn 100 percent online with courses taught by the same engaged professors who teach on campus. Math education programs—particularly those in elementary education math—are few and far between in an online classroom.

Depending on the teaching license you hold and your experience, you can choose one of three master of arts in mathematics education concentrations:

  • For Elementary and Middle School Teachers
  • For Secondary School Teachers*
  • For Elementary and Middle School Specialists

*Are you an Indiana secondary school math teacher seeking to become dual-credit credentialed? If so, check out the Hoosier STEM Academy Teachers Program that provides $1400 stipends to teachers who qualify once they successfully complete graduate-level STEM courses.

Academic Advisor

Ann Leitze, Mathematics Education Professor
Department of Mathematical Sciences 

What Other Features Will You Find?

  • Our degree covers areas identified and advocated by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • You can finish the degree in two to three years.
  • Online summer classes are available.
  • If you’re uncertain about starting a complete master's program, consider a graduate certificate in elementary mathematics leadership. It's another way to earn a graduate-level credential but in a shorter time frame.

Course Requirements

Our master's degree in mathematics education is flexible enough to give you the experience and knowledge you need to meet your personal and professional goals. 

Anticipated Course Schedule

View a schedule of course offerings through summer 2023.

Courses in this degree are available online in either nonsynchronous online format, in which you work on weekly assignments at the times and places most convenient to you, or fixed-time online format. You can take courses all online or also on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana. 

Concentrations

Review our concentrations to see what courses you will take:

For Elementary and Middle School Teachers

This 30-credit program is for applicants who hold an elementary, middle school, or special education teaching license and at least one year of teaching experience and is offered completely online.

Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (12 credits)

You will choose four of these courses.

  • MATH 614 Algebraic Reasoning for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Mathematics Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 615 Number Concepts and Number Theory for Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 616 Rational Numbers and Proportionality for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Mathematics Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 623 Probability, Data Analysis, and Statistical Reasoning (3 credits)
  • MATH 640 Geometry and Measurement for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Mathematics Teachers (3 credits)

Research and Pedagogical Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (12 credits)

  • MATH 690 Curriculum & Instruction in Mathematics Education (3 credits)
  • MATH 693 Teaching Mathematics through Problem Solving (3 credits)
  • MATH 694 Research Methods in Mathematics Education (3 credits)
  • MATH 696 Action Research in Mathematics Education (3 credits)

Electives in Content or Pedagogical Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (6 credits)

As approved by your advisor:

  • MATH 614 Algebraic Reasoning for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Mathematics Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 615 Number Concepts and Number Theory for Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 616 Rational Numbers and Proportionality for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Mathematics Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 623 Probability, Data Analysis, and Statistical Reasoning (3 credits)
  • MATH 631 Technology for Mathematics Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 632 Assessment in Mathematics Education (3 credits)
  • MATH 640 Geometry and Measurement for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Mathematics Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 641 Topics in Geometry (3 credits)
  • MATH 680 Special Studies in the Teaching of Mathematics (3 credits)
  • MATH 695 Mathematics Learners and Learning (3 credits)
  • MATH 697 Mathematics Teacher Leadership 1 (3 credits)

For course descriptions and prerequisites, view the course catalog.

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This 30- to 32-credit program is for applicants

  • who graduated with an undergraduate major in mathematics or the equivalent background as determined by the Department of Mathematical Sciences,
  • who hold a current secondary mathematics teaching license,
  • who have at least one year of secondary mathematics teaching experience. 

Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (12 credits)

  • MATH 511 Abstract Algebra 1 (3 credits)
  • MATH 570 Intermediate Analysis (3 credits)
  • MATH 623 Probability, Data Analysis, and Statistical Reasoning (3 credits)
  • MATH 641 Topics in Geometry (3 credits)

Electives in Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (3-8 credits)

As approved by your advisor:

  • MATH 512 Abstract Algebra 2 (3 credits)
  • MATH 516 Theory of Numbers (3 credits)
  • MATH 560 History of Mathematics (3 credits)
  • MATH 615 Number Concepts and Number Theory for Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 620 Probability and Random Variables (4 credits)
  • MATH 621 Mathematical Theory of Statistics 2 (4 credits)
  • MATH 645 Topology 1 (3 credits)
  • MATH 677 Complex Variables 1 (3 credits)

Research and Pedagogical Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (12 credits)

  • MATH 690 Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics Education (3 credits)
  • MATH 693 Teaching Mathematics through Problem Solving (3 credits)
  • MATH 694 Research Methods in Mathematics Education (3 credits)
  • MATH 696 Action Research in Mathematics Education (3 credits)

Electives in Pedagogical Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (0-3 credits)

As approved by your advisor from the following courses:

  • MATH 631 Technology for Mathematics Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 632 Assessment in Mathematics Education (3 credits)
  • MATH 695 Mathematics Learners and Learning (3 credits)
  • MATH 697 Mathematics Teacher Leadership 1 (3 credits)

For course descriptions and prerequisites, view the course catalog.

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You may qualify for this 36-credit program if you hold a middle school mathematics or elementary teaching license and have at least three years of teaching experience.

You will take the following courses:

Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (15 credits)

  • MATH 614 Algebraic Reasoning for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Mathematics Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 615 Number Concepts and Number Theory for Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 616 Rational Numbers and Proportionality for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Mathematics Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 623 Probability, Data Analysis, and Statistical Reasoning (3 credits)
  • MATH 640 Geometry and Measurement for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Mathematics Teachers (3 credits)

Pedagogical Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (12 credits)

  • MATH 632 Assessment in Mathematics Education (3 credits)
  • MATH 690 Curriculum & Instruction in Mathematics Education (3 credits)
  • MATH 693 Teaching Mathematics through Problem Solving (3 credits)
  • MATH 695 Mathematics Learners and Learning (3 credits)

Research (3 credits)

  • MATH 694 Research Methods in Mathematics Education (3 credits)

Leadership Knowledge and Skills (6 credits)

  • MATH 697 Mathematics Teacher Leadership 1 (3 credits)
  • MATH 698 Mathematics Teacher Leadership 2 (3 credits)

For course descriptions and prerequisites, view the course catalog.

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Ready to Apply?

You will first want to check if you meet the admission requirements for the Ball State Graduate School. Then you may apply.

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