Mathematics Education

You’ve always loved math, and maybe you want to teach it. Or maybe you want to have a greater hand in shaping curriculum so that you can inspire more students to go into fields requiring math skills. At the School of Education and Human Development, we can help you achieve your personal goals for math education.

The School of Education and Human Development Impact

If you’re interested in Mathematics Education, you have a variety of degree options at the School of Education and Human Development.

For undergraduates interested in teaching middle and/or high school mathematics, we offer a one year post-graduate master's of teacher degree (PGMT).

Doctoral studies in mathematics are also available. Students engage in studies across science, technology, and engineering disciplines, while concentrating on Mathematics Education.

“Our involvement with 100Kin10 [a national network coordinating efforts to bring 100,000 new STEM teachers into schools by 2021] reflects our commitment to develop outstanding teachers that exemplify best practices in STEM education.”

– Dr. Jennifer Chiu, Associate Professor



Math teachers are always in high demand and are assets to any school, from elementary education to the college and university level. Also, the United States is experiencing a decline in the number of students entering STEM majors and careers according to, and many school curricula are lacking in their math components.

Students earning a PGMT degree who intend to become middle or high school mathematics teachers can expect to have several job opportunities. Our Curriculum & Instruction graduates also have many options. They have become instructional coordinators or curriculum specialists, gone into government to improve educational policy, and pursued careers in academia and research. A Ph.D. will prepare you for a career as a college or university professor or as a researcher in research organizations. The School of Education and Human Development will prepare you to seize these opportunities, no matter where your math education career takes you.

Explore Our Degrees

Choosing the right degree within our program is important to ensuring that you achieve an outcome that supports your career goals. Let us help guide you through your choices.

  • MT—Mathematics

    The School of Education and Human Development offers a Master of Teaching (MT) degree with licensure and endorsement in Mathematics Education. This one-year program offers an intensive, field-based curriculum centered on high-leverage teaching practices. We strive to provide teacher candidates with a strong foundation in principles of teaching and learning and the opportunity to apply those concepts in authentic classrooms. Through this work, we encourage candidates to be attentive to the needs of a wide spectrum of unique learners who are situated within diverse classroom contexts. UVA undergraduates are eligible for early admission to our master’s programs.

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  • Ph.D. in Education—Mathematics

    By attaining a Ph.D. in Education—Mathematics from the School of Education and Human Development, you are prepared for a college or university position in mathematics or for a position within a research organization. The program includes coursework, a research apprenticeship and practical experiences to prepare you to: Produce original research that contributes to the knowledge base in mathematics or to teacher education in general, Educate teachers in the area of mathematics or science and evidence-based practice, and Provide effective leadership in the field of mathematics or science education,

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By the Numbers

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    Best Education Graduate School in the Country, U.S. News & World Report

  • 6 th

    Best Secondary Education Program in the Country, U.S. News & World Report

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    Charlottesville ranked Happiest City in U.S., The Harvard Gazette