Candidates for the M.A. program in mathematics education at the University of Maryland are elementary or special education teachers or teachers of mathematics at the middle/intermediate/junior high or high school level, or those interested in teaching in higher education. Students interested in careers in research or further doctoral degree studies typically pursue a Master of Arts. The Master of Arts is a 30 credit hour program that requires a thesis and an oral thesis defense.

For information on graduate admission please visit:   

Applicants who wish to apply to the Master of Arts (MA) with specialization in Mathematics Education-Thesis options should select Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) as their “Intended Program of Study.” 

Please refer to the Guide to Applying  for instructions on how to apply for graduate admission. If you have questions or concerns, we ask you to first review our list of  Frequently Asked Questions. International applicants, please visit the International admissions webpage for additional information.

For questions about the application process, or to check on the completion of your application please contact Joy Jones, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, by email: or phone: (301) 405-3118.

Please contact the Office of Student Services,, or (301) 405-2364.

The faculty advisor assigned at the time of your admission to the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL) provides academic advisement for graduate students.  For advising information, please contact the Program Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, Joy Jones, Coordinator of Graduate Studies at (301) 405-3118 or or

Financial assistance for graduate study is generally divided into two categories: 

  • Merit-Based Assistance Need-Based Assistance  
    • Fellowships and Scholarships Loans  
    • Graduate Assistantships 

For more details about the various types of financial assistance offered by the campus please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid 

There are also a number of fellowships and scholarships offered through the College of Education, the University, and through external sources which may provide tuition support and/or living allowance. Students must apply for these awards on their own, but the links that follow provide valuable information on searching for fellowships and scholarships. 

For more information concerning fellowships and scholarships, please visit: 

The College of Education Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage

The University's Scholarships webpage, and 

The Graduate School Student Fellowships & Awards webpage


Mathematics Education, MA Thesis Option

Minimum of 30 Credit Hours of Master’s Study

Credit Hours


EDMS 645: Quantitative Research Methods I (3 credits, required)

TLPL 799: Master’s Thesis Research (6 credits, required)

EDMS 646: Quantitative Research Methods II (3 credits) – strongly recommended for those considering pursuing a doctorate


Discipline-based Content Studies

All M.A. degree option candidates are expected to take advanced level, subject matter discipline‐based coursework that supports their understanding of topics, research, and/or theory related to their teaching roles. The specific courses vary with teaching level and the needs and interests of candidates.

For teachers at the secondary level or beyond, 9‐12 credits of MATH courses (400 level or above) are required.

Suggested courses:
 MATH 406: Introduction to Number Theory (3 credits)

 MATH 430: Euclidean and Non‐Euclidean Geometries (3 credits)

 MATH 483: Algebra for High School Teachers (3 credits) 

 MATH 484: Geometry for High School Teachers (3 credits) 

 MATH 485: Statistics for High School Teachers (3 credits)

 MATH 486: Calculus for High School Teachers (3 credits) 

For elementary teachers, 6‐9 credits of MATH courses (400 level or above) are required.


Professional Development Studies

TLPL 610: Trends in Mathematics Education (3 credits)

Additional Hours in Mathematics Education (6 credits)

Suggested courses:

 TLPL 614: Assessing Mathematical Understanding (3 credits)

 TLPL 617: Understanding and Engaging Students’ Conceptions of Mathematics (3 credits)

Qualified mathematics education students may also take either:

 TLPL 710: Theory and Research on Mathematical and Scientific Thinking and Learning (3 credits) or

 TLPL 712: Foundations of Mathematics Education: Curriculum (3 credits)


Minimum Credits



Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hobson’s online application’s helpdesk for any technical issues. For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the TLPL Admissions Coordinator Ms. Joy Jones at (301) 405-3118 or

Deadlines vary by degree and program. Please visit the TLPL Admissions Deadlines for more information.


Graduate students in the College of Education are responsible for meeting University and the Graduate School policy, and for meeting Program requirements. The Graduate Catalog is the official listing of Policies governing graduate education at the University of Maryland. The schedule adjustment policy is available from the Office of the Registrar and provides information on adding and dropping courses, penalties, and refund schedules.


The Graduate Student Life Handbook provides information on academics, campus resources, finances, health, job opportunities, and information on how to get involved as a graduate student. 


Graduate students are required to submit various forms at specific points in the program and as part of the degree clearance process. Please refer to Steps Toward Graduation to determine the steps and forms that are required. To access forms used by graduate students visit the Graduate Studies Forms page in Student Services.