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Mathematics for Teaching, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #3 (QS) , MA,
From Harvard University trained faculty, you'll learn new strategies in this Mathematics for Teaching program that will dramatically improve your ability to teach middle and high school students the math skills needed to succeed in life, work, and academia.

About

Key learning outcomes

This master's degree in Mathematics for Teaching offered by Harvard University will help you:

  • Build deeper knowledge of mathematics content, with a particular focus on middle and high school math classrooms.
  • Learn tactics that can improve student motivation through interactive problem-solving activities.
  • Develop an enhanced understanding of what it means to learn math and where mathematical misconceptions and student confusion can occur.

Program overview 

The degree includes 12 courses, with at least four courses taken on campus.

  • Get started. You begin by completing two stipulated degree courses as outlined on the degree requirements page. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
  • Apply to the program. While you are completing your second degree course, you submit your application. We have application cycles in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you choose from courses offered on campus or online, year round, in the fall, spring, or summer. You are required to take at least four courses on campus. Three-week summer options available.
  • Complete a thesis or a capstone.
  • ​If you choose the thesis track, you work independently with a thesis director on in-depth research topic related to your professional goals. You'll emerge with a solid understanding of how educational research is executed and communicated, producing publishable quality results.
  • If you choose the capstone track, you'll work in a classroom setting with fellow master's candidates to investigate a variety of approaches to teaching, with the goal of helping you develop fresh, innovative approaches to communicating mathematics in the classroom.
  • Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: Mathematics for Teaching.

Programme Structure

The Master of Liberal Arts, Mathematics for Teaching degree field consists of 12 courses, four of which you take on campus. Three-week summer sessions available. You choose between the thesis or capstone track.

12 Graduate Courses

  • Mathematical Foundations for Teaching Secondary School Math
  • 2 mathematical theory courses
  • Calculus 2
  • 1 pedagogy and lesson study course
  • 4 math for teaching electives
Additional Thesis Track Courses
  • Crafting the Thesis Proposal
  • Master's Thesis part one
  • Master's Thesis part two
Additional Capstone Track Courses
  • 2 additional math for teaching electives
  • 1 capstone course

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    32 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Blended
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

To begin the admission process, you simply register—no application needed—for the following two, graduate-level degree courses:

  • MATH E-300 Mathematical Foundations for Teaching Secondary School Math
  • One mathematical theory course

The two courses don't need to be taken in a particular order or in the same semester, but each course must be completed with a grade of B or higher, without letting your overall Harvard cumulative GPA dip below 3.0. Before you enroll in any degree-applicable courses, you need to possess a bachelor’s degree.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    33000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Our graduate tuition is $2,750 per course; the total tuition cost of earning the graduate degree is approximately $33,000.

Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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