Ed.M. in Mathematics Education

    Program Overview

    The Ed.M. in Mathematics Education program at the GSE is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree, possess a strong mathematical or technical background, and are interested in advanced study in mathematics learning and teaching. This 30-credit program stresses the need for students to be familiar with the entire K-16 range of mathematics learners, challenges, and current developments. As such, it is appropriate for prospective researchers in mathematics education, college-level mathematics instructors, secondary mathematics teachers, and in exceptional cases, elementary teachers with a strong interest and background in mathematics. The core curriculum provides students with a foundational understanding of the principles in mathematics education, while elective courses deal with basic problems in the learning and teaching of mathematics, techniques and strategies for studying children’s mathematical thinking, the uses of technology in mathematics teaching, and topics within mathematics itself. 

    New Jersey teacher certification is not required for entry into the program, though many enrolled students are already certified and employed in New Jersey secondary or post-secondary schools. This program also does not include coursework resulting in a NJ school personnel license. For students interested in earning an advanced mathematics degree and teacher certification concurrently, we encourage you to explore the Ed.M. in Mathematics Education with Teacher Certification program and its varying requirements.

    Program Goals as of 2022-2023
    (Last updated: 7/28/2022)


    • Mathematics Education students will expand and deepen their own understanding of mathematics and how it is learned. Specifically, this includes being able to: identify the mathematics in their own and other students’ reasoning; understand the types of environments that support growth in their students’ reasoning; and determine the validity and learning opportunities contained in their students’ arguments. 

    Communication/Community Building 

    • Mathematics Education students will learn how to collaborate with their peers and colleagues to grow professionally and support their own and other students’ learning of mathematics.

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) 

    • Mathematics Education students will understand how the diversity, strengths, and identities of their own students influence how they learn and consider these factors in planning for access and support in mathematics lessons. 

    Research/Professional Practice 

    • Mathematics Education students will improve their ability to successfully teach mathematics. Specifically, they will be able to use problem solving and technology as tools for advancing their own and other students’ mathematical knowledge. 


    • Mathematics Education students will learn how to collect and use evidence of their own and other students’ learning of mathematics (from both formal and informal assessments) to improve instruction and subsequent learning of individual students, subgroups of students, and whole classrooms of students. 

    Professional Development/Self-Reflection 

    • Mathematics Education students will develop a stance towards continuous professional learning and development, including reflective self-inquiry. 

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    Program Details

    Application Deadline

    Feb 1 / Nov 1

    Entry Term(s)

    Fall / Spring

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  • What You’ll Learn

    The Ed.M. in Mathematics Education program at the GSE offers accepted students the opportunity to expand their mathematics background, acquaint themselves with and enhance their practice of various methods and techniques for teaching mathematics, and to participate in practical experiences creating effective classroom environments for children learning mathematics. Students in the program will engage in independent studies, small group work, and traditional whole-group class sessions. Students will also be involved in the ongoing research and professional development activities of the faculty and doctoral students in mathematics education.

    For more information about the courses in this program, please visit the course catalog and online schedule of classes.

  • Program Requirements

    This program typically takes 2 years to complete and includes:

      • 30 Graduate Course Credits*
        • 6 Credits – Learning Core Courses
        • 6 Credits – Content Core Courses 
        • 6 Credits – Teaching Methods Core Courses 
        • 12 Credits – Mathematics Education Elective Courses
          • At least three elective courses must be completed in the Graduate School of Education or be education-related courses in the mathematics department.

    Accepted students are urged to maintain frequent contact with their advisors in order to construct a plan of study, select appropriate courses, and discuss changes that may be needed or desired. Students have 5 years to complete the program.

    *15 of the 30 credits that comprise the full degree program must be taken at the 500 level or above.

  • Careers and Outcomes

    Given timely recognition of the importance of science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM) education programs in the United States and abroad, graduates of this program are especially poised to pursue teaching, administrative, and educational leadership roles in mathematics education immediately following conferral of their degree. Depending on their individual teacher certification status, students exiting the program may take up positions as math teachers and tutors, college-level instructors or faculty, and or consultants, developers, or specialists working on special educational initiatives. Other opportunities outside traditional education settings might include careers as mathematicians, statisticians, accountants, or financial managers.

  • Admissions Requirements
    • Personal Statement 
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • Official GRE Scores
      • Any test scores submitted must be less than 5 years old as of the application deadline
    • Official Undergraduate Transcripts
    • Graduate Transcripts (if any)


  • How to Apply
    1. Collect the materials required for admission
    2. Submit your application online at http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/
    3. Submit supporting materials online
    4. Any supporting materials that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to Graduate Admissions’ New Brunswick office. Their mailing address can be found here: https://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/about/contact-us
  • Tuition & Financial Assistance


    For tuition and fees information please visit the tuition landing page.

    Financial Aid:

    While students are encouraged to apply for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), there are a number of other merit- and need-based support options, including loans and college work-study programs within and external to Rutgers. For more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

    Scholarships, Fellowships & Assistantships:

    Generous GSE alumni, friends, and community members have established and continue to donate to more than one dozen fellowships and scholarships to help deserving students reach their goals. These awards are granted on the basis of academic achievement and or financial need. While these awards are competitive, interested students are encouraged to apply for consideration and submit the required materials. Students must also submit a FAFSA application to be eligible.  

    To review all current awards and learn more about the donors that established them, please click here.

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