Mathematics Education

You’ve done the math, now teach it! If you have an undergraduate degree in mathematics or have significant coursework in mathematics and wish to become a high school or middle school mathematics teacher, we have the program for you. Our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree prepares you to teach secondary mathematics (grades 5-12) and leads to an initial license so that you can teach just about anywhere.

Many teacher preparation programs only offer one methods course on teaching math. At BU, you take four! Courses on the teaching of algebra, geometry, and problem solving blend the most up-to-date research on how students learn with how best to teach specific content. But that isn’t the only unusual thing about our program. Our program has two semesters of field experiences in classrooms where you have opportunities to practice what you are learning about classroom management, assessment, and meeting the needs of English language learners. And finally, because we know you love math, you can choose to enroll in a variety of mathematics courses including a summer immersion experience in number theory.

Our program:

  • Leads to an initial teaching license in middle and/or high school mathematics.
  • Includes passionate faculty who are former classroom math teachers.
  • Has small class sizes for its math education courses (~15 students per class).
  • Offers an early field experience working with secondary students, followed by a more intense semester-long student teaching practicum.
  • Integrates the best of methods and content, making explicit connections between mathematical ideas, teaching strategies, and student work in middle school and high school classrooms.
  • Prepares you to teach in urban and suburban school settings, with a focus on the effective strategies to help diverse populations achieve in mathematics. Our graduates have great success in finding jobs!
  • Offers full scholarships through Boston University’s Noyce Scholarship programs.
  • Can be completed in less than one year.

Faculty Contact Information: Dr. Suzanne Chapin,, 617-353-7105
Graduate Admissions:, 617-353-4237

For program requirements and additional details, please visit the BU Bulletin.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.