Ed.M. with Certification in Mathematics Education

    Program Overview

    The Ed.M. program with (K-12) teacher certification in mathematics education is designed for individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or another technical field and who wish to pursue certification and a master’s degree in education at the same time. Through guidance and instruction from expert faculty and backed by research-driven curriculum, the program prepares students to become culturally responsive education practitioners within K-12 schools. The core coursework offers students a foundational understanding of the principles of classroom instruction and 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. In alignment with the GSE’s mission, all teacher preparation programs and courses are designed to prepare teacher candidates to effectively teach diverse learners by fostering a deep understanding of students from historically underserved linguistic, economic, and cultural backgrounds and communities. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be acquainted with the psychology of learning mathematics, the historical development of the field, and methods for creating effective classroom environments for the content area.

    After the master’s degree is awarded, the GSE will make a recommendation to the New Jersey State Department of Education on behalf of the graduate to receive their Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) as a teacher. Candidates who are already certified but wish to pursue an advanced mathematics education degree are encouraged to explore the Ed.M. in Mathematics Education 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. 

    For more information about this program:

    Program Details

    Application Deadline

    APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED! Contact academic.services@gse.rutgers.edu for assistance

    Entry Term(s)


    Program Level


    Program Type

    Degree + Teacher Certification





  • What You’ll Learn

    Through carefully curated coursework delivered and guided by expert faculty, students enrolled in the Ed.M. program with (K-12) teacher certification in mathematics will become familiar with the historical development of mathematics education, the psychology of learning mathematics — including how individual differences among students can influence learning — and methods to create effective classroom environments for students learning mathematics. Students in the program will engage in independent research, 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 studying 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:

      • 2 no-credit Course Modules – Completed in the First Summer Semester
      • 56 Graduate Course Credits
        • 7 Credits – Completed in the First Fall Semester
        • 16 or 19 Credits – Completed in the First Spring Semester (05:300:341 is offered every other spring semester)
        • 6 Credits – Completed in the Second Summer Semester
        • 15 Credits – Completed in Second Fall Semester 
        • 9 or 12 Credits – Completed in Second Spring Semester (05:300:341 is offered every other spring semester)

    Graduates are expected to complete the required course sequence and satisfy their general education requirements, liberal arts credits, and complete their portfolio concurrently through completion of their coursework. Accepted students have 5 years to complete the program.

  • 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. Students exiting the program may also 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
    • One Letter of Recommendation
    • Passing Praxis Core test scores* in Reading, Writing, and Math
      • or SAT scores* greater than 50th percentile in both Math and Verbal or both Math and Reading
      • or ACT scores* greater than 50th percentile in both Math and English
      • or GRE scores* greater than 50th percentile in both Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning
    • Official Undergraduate Transcripts**

    *Any test scores submitted must be less than 5 years old as of the application deadline
    **The New Jersey Department of Education requires a minimum GPA of 2.75 to be admitted to a teacher education program

  • 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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