The Master of Arts in Teaching, Mathematics degree (M.A.T.M.) is designed for teachers, math coaches, math specialists and math interventionists in grades K–8 who have at least a bachelor's degree. Having a teaching license is not required; however, it is not an initial licensure program.
Who Should Apply?
The program is ideal for educators looking to strengthen their skills and expertise as math leaders and those who wish to enhance their professional credentials in order to become teacher leaders in mathematics education.
The M.A.T.M. program is built around the latest research and best practices in math education today. The core component of the work is the Developing Mathematical Ideas curriculum. The two-year program involves three 3-week intensive summer sessions and two academic years of online work.
Each summer will consist of 3 weeks of courses, 2 focused on mathematics and 1 focused on educational leadership. Students may attend in-person on the beautiful Mount Holyoke campus or online via the Virtual Learning Environment during the summer sessions.
Each academic year will include 4 credits of mathematics work and 4 credits of educational leadership, all conducted online. The academic year online courses blend asynchronous assignments with live Virtual Learning Sessions (shown here).
Program Learning Outcomes
Teachers completing the M.A.T.M. program will
- Have a deep understanding of the mathematical content in each of the following mathematics domains appropriate to K–8 grade levels:
- Counting and cardinality.
- Number and operations in base ten.
- Operations and algebraic thinking.
- Measurement and data.
- Ratios and proportional relationships.
- The number system.
- Expresssions and equations.
- Understand how students make sense of the mathematical ideas in each domain and how these concepts and skills build from kindergarten through eighth grade.
- Appreciate the power and complexity of students' mathematical thinking.
- Know what questions to ask of students that will deepen their mathematical understanding.
- Use and/or adapt curriculum to meet the needs of their students.
- Connect their experiences in the courses to current research from the field.
- Develop rich images of teacher leadership at all levels from sharing their classroom work to coaching and mentoring colleagues to leading professional learning opportunities to advocate for the profession.
- Participate in the mathematics education community in the local, state or national level.
Credits and Cost
The Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics degree is 32 credits done over the course of two years. In total, 16 credits are done in summer sessions via synchronous sessions (on-campus or online) and 16 credits are done online in the fall and spring terms. Please see Graduate Tuition, Fees and Billing for current fees and tuition rates. Scholarships, Fellowships, and grants are available.