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.
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.
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
- Crafting the Thesis Proposal
- Master's Thesis part one
- Master's Thesis part two
- 2 additional math for teaching electives
- 1 capstone course
- 12 months
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Admissions: Earn Your Way In
To begin the admission process, you simply register—no application needed—for the following two, graduate-level degree courses (available online):
- 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.
Eligibility: Before you enroll in any degree-applicable courses, you must possess a four-year regionally accredited US bachelor's degree. You cannot already have or be in the process of earning a master's degree in mathematics or a related field. Foreign bachelor’s degrees must be evaluated, and the Admissions Office makes final determinations about eligibility.
International35000 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 35000 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
National35000 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 35000 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
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