Mathematics and Statistics Department

MA - Mathematics, Concentration in Mathematics Education

This degree is recommended for secondary school mathematics teachers who want to increase their mathematical competence and their knowledge of the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Requirements for Admission to Classified Standing

Admission requirements to classified standing for this program are the same as for the MA - Mathematics program, except the 18 semester unit requirement is replaced by 21 semester units.

Requirements for Admission to Conditionally Classified Standing

Admission requirements to conditionally classified standing are the same as for the MA - Mathematics program.

Requirements for Admission to Candidacy for the MA - Mathematics, Concentration in Mathematics Education

Requirements are the same as for the MA - Mathematics except that requirement 2 is replaced by: The Qualifying Examination is an individualized written exam on fundamental ideas related to the concentration in Mathematics Education. These ideas are normally covered in MATH 201A, MATH 201B, and MTED 209.

Completing Requirements for the MA - Mathematics, Concentration in Mathematics Education

Both Plan A (with Thesis) and Plan B (with Writing Project) requirements are the same as in the MA Mathematics except the thesis or writing project must be in the field of mathematics education.


The rules for elective units are the same as those for MA - Mathematics

Course Requirements

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). For information on the GWAR, please see
Requirements of the Masters30
Required Core Courses21
MATH 201A. Mathematics for Secondary Teachers3
MTED 209. Research in Mathematics Education3
Complete twelve units from:
MATH 211A. Geometry of Projective Spaces3
MATH 211B. Advanced Topics in Geometry3
MATH 213A. Introduction to Smooth Manifolds3
MATH 213B. Introduction to Riemannian Geometry3
MATH 221A. Higher Algebra I3
MATH 221B. Higher Algebra II3
MATH 226. Theory of Numbers3
MATH 229. Advanced Matrix Theory3
MATH 231A. Real Analysis3
MATH 231B. Functional Analysis3
MATH 233A. Applied Mathematics I3
MATH 234. Advanced Dynamical Systems3
MATH 235. Wavelets and their Applications3
MATH 238. Advanced Complex Variables3
MATH 243A. Advanced Numerical Analysis3
MATH 243B. Advanced Topics in Numerical Analysis3
MATH 243M. Numerical Linear Algebra3
MATH 258. Categorical Data Analysis3
MATH 259. Sampling Design and Analysis3
MATH 261A. Regression Theory and Methods3
MATH 261B. Design and Analysis of Experiments3
MATH 263. Stochastic Processes3
MATH 265. Time Series Theory and Methods3
MATH 266. Survival Analysis3
MATH 271A. Mathematical Logic3
MATH 271B. Advanced Mathematical Logic3
MATH 275A. Topology3
MATH 275B. Advanced Topics in Topology3
MATH 279A. Graph Theory3
MATH 279B. Advanced Graph Theory3
MATH 285. Advanced Topics in Mathematics3
Including a one-year sequence
100-200 level mathematics courses not to include MATH 101, MATH 102, MATH 105, MATH 106, MATH 107A, MATH 107B, MATH 110L, MATH 123, MATH 129A, MATH 133A, MATH 160 or MATH 297.
Culminating Experience3
Plan A
MATH 299. Master's Thesis3
Plan B
MATH 298. Special Study3

Total Units:30

The maximum number of upper-division undergraduate units that can be applied toward the master's degree is 6.

Upon completion of the degree requirements, the student must have achieved minimum candidacy and SJSU cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 in order to graduate.