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Master of Arts

Mathematics Education Master's
(Middle Grades)

OVERVIEW

Specialize Your Educational Career and Help Students Develop a Love of Math


 

STEM education is more important than ever before, and WGU is proud to support the growth and purpose of STEM by helping over 8,700 students graduate with STEM teaching degrees. If you're passionate about STEM education as well, a math education degree can prepare you to change your course and help students find a love of numbers. This online master's degree in math education prepares you to teach middle school math as a credentialed expert. But you'll get more than a credential—you'll be prepared to help diverse learners find success in the classroom with unique teaching strategies and techniques.

If you are a licensed teacher with a bachelor's degree and are ready to change up your educational emphasis, this math degree program can prepare you to teach middle school math and play an important role in American education. WGU's middle-grades* math curriculum is designed to focus on preparing you to help students expand their understanding of basic math, including geometry and algebra, that will provide a solid foundation for the rigors of high school and beyond.

* The specific grade levels you will be eligible to teach depend on your state’s licenses and endorsements.

Interested in teaching other grade levels? Check out the following WGU degree programs for already-licensed teachers: M.A. Mathematics Education (K–6) and M.A. Mathematics Education (Secondary).

Eligibility note: The M.A. Mathematics Education (Middle Grades) program is for certified teachers who already hold a bachelor's degree and wish to add middle-grades math to their existing licenses. This program is not intended for aspiring teachers seeking licensure or certification. If you are seeking your teaching certificate, please view our programs leading to teacher licensure.

86% of graduates finish within 

24 Months

Put your teaching experience to work! WGU lets you move more quickly through material you already know and advance as soon as you're ready. The result: You may finish faster.

Tuition per six-month term is

$3,490

You don't have to be a math whiz to see how affordable WGU is. Tuition charged per term—rather than per credit—helps you control the ultimate cost of your degree. Finish faster, pay less! 

Graduates who recommend WGU

97%

The vast majority of alumni say WGU delivered on its promises. In fact, over 50% of students found WGU thanks to a friend's recommendation. 

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COURSES & COMPETENCIES

Middle Grades Math Education Courses

An advanced curriculum to become a highly qualified middle school math teacher.

WGU's M.A. in Mathematics Education is an affordable, online program that prepares you to teach math in the middle grades. (The specific grade levels you will be eligible to teach depend on your state’s licenses and endorsements.) Our curriculum focuses on effective strategies for teaching middle school math, connecting with diverse learners, and preparing students for more complex coursework they'll face in high school and college.

WGU is the nation’s largest provider of math and science teaching degrees. Our M.A. for middle school math teachers was designed (and is regularly updated) with input from experts on our Education Program Council., who know what it takes to successfully teach mathematics in grades five through nine. This curriculum is nationally recognized by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

If you're an already-practicing teacher with a bachelor's degree, and you take the courses necessary to become a highly qualified math teacher, you will be well positioned for a prosperous career almost anywhere in the United States.    

This program is made up of the following courses. You will complete them one at a time as you make your way through your program, working with your Program Mentor each term to build your personalized Degree Plan. You’ll work through each course as quickly as you can study and learn the material. As soon as you’re ready, you’ll pass the assessment, complete the course, and move on. This means that you can finish as many courses as you're able in a term at no additional cost.

The M.A. Mathematics Education (Middle Grades) program is a mostly online program that you will complete by studying and working independently with instruction and support from WGU faculty. You will be expected to complete at least 8 competency units each 6-month term. (One course is typically 3 or 4 units.)

Mathematics Content
Middle School Mathematics Content
Mathematics Education
General Education
Education
Research
Capstone

14 Courses

Program consists of 14 courses

At WGU, we design our curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to ensure your degree is proof you really know your stuff.

Capstone Project

Special requirements for this program

The M.A. Mathematics Education program requires the successful completion of a capstone project. This written project will take you through the steps of planning and conducting research on a topic or issue related to your practice setting. The result is expected to be a significant piece of research, culminating in a written research report, including sections describing a literature review, methodology, and detailed analysis and reporting of results.

“The WGU Teachers College is very well organized and provides everything you will need for a teaching career. The staff, instructors, and administrators were always quick to respond to any questions and/or needs. Overall, the cost paired with the quality education you receive make it a great choice for anyone. The key benefit for me was the ability to work at my own pace and not have to worry about getting to a physical classroom for courses, which allowed me to work quickly.”

—Nicole
M.A. Math Education (Middle Grades)

Why WGU?

You Aren't On Your Own

WGU has Program Mentors who work with you from the day you start, all the way through graduation. They help you chart your courses, answer your questions, and ensure you can go through your program. You're not alone when you choose an online degree at WGU.

Flexibility You Need

Students choose WGU for their online degree program because of its flexibility. Whether you already have a full-time job, have responsibilities as a parent, or just have a busy schedule, WGU can work for you.

Strong Alumni Network

When you enroll in an online master's degree program at WGU, you join an impressive network of teachers. Over 13,000 students graduated from the Teachers College in 2021 alone, taking their skills and impacting the educational system all around the United States.

Accredited, Respected,
Recognized

One important measure of a degree’s value is the reputation of the university where it was earned. When employers, industry leaders, and academic experts hold your alma mater in high esteem, you reap the benefits of that respect. WGU is a pioneer in reinventing higher education for the 21st century, and our quality has been recognized.

COST & TIME

When We Say Affordable We Mean It

By charging per six-month term rather than per credit—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees. The faster you complete your program, the less you pay for your degree.

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A Master's Degree Is Within Reach

There is help available to make paying for school possible for you:

The average student loan debt of WGU graduates in 2019 (among those who borrowed) was less than half* the national average.

Most WGU students qualify for financial aid, and WGU is approved for federal financial aid and U.S. veterans benefits. 

Many scholarship opportunities are available. Find out what you might be eligible for.
 

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

A Different Way to Learn: Degree Programs Designed to Fit Your Life—and All the Demands on Your Time

Professional responsibilities. Family obligations. Personal commitments. At WGU, we understand schedules are tight and often unpredictable for adult students. That’s why we offer a flexible, personalized approach to how education should be. No rigid class schedules. Just a solid, career-focused math teaching program that meshes with your current lifestyle. You'll be challenged. You'll work hard. But if you commit yourself and put in the hours needed, WGU makes it possible for you to earn a highly respected degree as a busy working adult. 

"Overall, it's a lot of work but they are not out to fail you or to get you to spend more money on tuition. I finished in 2 terms and my increase in salary is greater than the tuition paid for those 2 terms. I am proud to finally earn a salary that honors my experience and expertise as a professional educator.”

—K. Moore
M.A. Math Education (Middle Grades)

CAREER OUTLOOK

Build the Future of Your Career on a Strong Foundation: Math Teachers Are in High Demand

A nationwide shortage of math teachers has created a high demand for educators with the knowledge and training to help tweens and teens build solid math skills in the middle grades. WGU's M.A. in Mathematics Education is specifically designed to prepare you to teach middle school math.

The U.S. Department of Education, in Foundations for Success: The Final Report for National Mathematics Advisory Panel, advises an increase in math curriculum for middle school-age kids. The report notes that improving K–12 mathematics education is a national interest and recommends adding "math specialist teachers" to primary schools. Teachers in this specialist role would serve as full-time educators in the classroom, or as math coaches for K–12 teachers. This unique position will require specialized knowledge, and a master’s degree in mathematics education can help you prepare for that type of leadership role.

Return on Your Investment

6%

Employment of middle and high school teachers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

WGU Has Alumni Teaching Across the Country

Graduates of WGU’s Teachers College have found meaningful, rewarding careers in classrooms at:

  • Inclusionary K–12 classrooms
  • Middle/junior high schools
  • High schools
  • Private and charter schools

Impressive Class of Graduates

Graduates of the WGU Teachers College include recipients of many professional honors, including:

  • Gates Millennium Scholars
  • Intel Grant for Mathematics and Technology
  • Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award
  • Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award
  • Association of Public Charter Schools Educator of the Year Award

Focused on Equity and Accessibility

The WGU Teachers College is in the top 1% for granting degrees for Black and Hispanic/Latinx educators at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. It is second in the nation for combined graduate and undergraduate degrees and credentials for students of color, according to the federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

ADMISSIONS

Master's in Middle Grades Mathematics Education Admission Requirements

If you enroll in a program that also includes a special endorsement, and you plan to eventually apply for the endorsement, the following is required of you:

  • A copy of a valid teaching license.
  • Official transcripts that demonstrate you have earned a bachelor’s degree from a recognized accredited university.

An Enrollment Counselor will instruct you as to when and how to submit your teaching license prior to or during your program.  

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More About the M.A. in Math Education (Middle Grades)

Our M.A. Math Education program is designed for licensed teachers who want to expand their abilities by adding a math endorsement.

There will be a small practicum in the capstone for the degree. You will be teaching a multi-week lesson plan to a body of at least 10 students. This lesson plan usually consists of about 10 hours of in-class time.

WGU is approved to offer federal student aid. You will need to apply using the FAFSA, which is used to determine your eligibility for aid. WGU’s FAFSA school code is 033394.

Scholarships are available for new WGU students and returning graduates. This video shows more about scholarship opportunities and how they can help you pay for school. Get information on:

  • How to apply
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Examples of scholarships
  • What happens after you apply
  • FAQs
  • Other financial aid options

WGU's tuition is a flat rate that is charged every six months. You can take as many courses as you are able in that six-month term—with no extra cost. You simply pay for the term and do as much work as you can or want to during that time. This means that finishing faster helps you save money—a major benefit you won't find at other schools. 

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