Continuing our series of online college degrees rankings, this article looks at the 25 most affordable online masters degree programs in mathematics and statistics education. That is, graduate math/ stats educationoriented degrees at the master’s level that are offered either fully online or as a hybrid of online and oncampus courses/ presence. The 25 colleges ranked in this article typically offer at least one of the following or similar academic programs at the graduate level:
 MAE, MAEd or MEd (Leadership) with Concentration in Mathematics Teaching/ Education
 MA in Teaching (MAT) with Concentration in Mathematics
 MS (Applied) Mathematics
 MS (Applied) Statistics
The first two types of degrees are for people seeking to teach at ages from elementary up to the high school level and require statespecific licensure. The latter two types of degrees qualify program graduates to teach at the undergrad level at some colleges, particularly community/ technical colleges), but are not always strictly “teaching” degrees. They are included as an alternative for anyone interested in teaching mathematics or statistics at a higher grade/ age level while not requiring licensure, or for entering a noneducation, math/statscentric career. Also listed in the rankings below are relevant grad certificates, if available.
Careers in Mathematics/ Statistics Education
There are several teaching/ education occupations profiled in the Web pages of the BLS OOH (Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook), with Postsecondary Teachers (all subjects) showing amongst the highest jobs growth potential at 13% between 2014 and 2024. With a shortage of Math/STEM skills in the U.S. marketplace, there is also a shortage of teachers of math and mathheavy STEM subjects at different grade levels in various parts of the United States.
Students graduating from any of the online masters degrees ranked here may also potentially be able to pursue nonteaching careers in mathematics or statistics, depending on their degree’s focus. Some such careers are included in the list of occupations below, which is compiled from the Web pages of the 25 colleges ranked in this article. (The scrolling list includes occupations and industries/ organizations that have shown a need for graduates of masterslevel math/ stats degrees.) Note that some roles may only require a bachelor’s degree, while others may require one or more professional certifications.
 actuarial science
 airtraffic scheduler
 community college instructor
 consulting firms
 district level mathematics specialist
 economics analyst
 elementary level math teacher
 government agencies
 high school educator
 insurance data analyst
 logistics analyst
 mathematical modeler
 mathematician, general
 mathematics teacher
 middle grades math teacher
 middle school educator
 population growth analyst
 research industries
 secondary school math teacher
 social problems analyst
 statistician, general
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Notes
 We use the average outofstate tuition listed in NCES for affordability rankings of master’s programs. However, a given program’s actual costs may differ from what we list and is subject to change by the colleges in question. Check Web sites for uptodate graduate tuition rates.
 As college accreditation can change or only be valid regionally, please verify accreditation of any college to which you are planning to apply.
 This college rankings list uses the most recently reported data at time of writing; however, NCES data is subject to change as colleges report new information.
 The Areavibes cost of living score is from Areavibes.com and represents the city/ town of the college in question. It is completely independent of each college’s oncampus housing costs.
Rankings: Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Mathematics/ Statistics Education
25: Kansas State University
Kansas State University (KSU) is a public university established in 1863 and located in Manhattan, Kansas, about 118 miles roughly west of Kansas City, MO. It was originally founded as Kansas State Agricultural College.
KSU offers nearly 30 master’s degres, some of which are offered online or through distance options. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: MS Curriculum and Instruction with Specialization in Mathematics Education (MSCIME); graduate certificate in Applied Statistics. The MSCIME program is intended for teachers wanting to expand their knowledge in education for the K12 levels, and/or gain more endorsements. It requires 31+ credits, which includes seven 3credit core courses. There is also a 15credit grad certificate in Applied Statistics, designed for professionals seeking statistical knowledge, particularly for career advancement.
Sample courses: Advanced Methods for Teaching Math K12; Assessment in Mathematics Education; Contemporary Technologies in Mathematics Education; History of Mathematics Education; MiddleLevel Mathematics for Teachers; Research in Mathematics Learning and Teaching; Theoretical Models of Mathematics Teaching and Learning


24: Ball State University
Ball State University is a public institution established in 1918 and located in Muncie, Indiana, about 63 miles roughly northeast of Muncie, IN. Original name: Eastern Indiana Normal School.
BSU offers over 20 online or hybrid master’s degrees and over 30 grad certificates. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: Mathematics Education (MEd) with three Concentrations: (1) Elementary and Middle School Teachers, (2) Elementary and Middle School Specialists, (3) Secondary School Teachers; MA PostSecondary Foundational Mathematics Teaching; three grad certificates: (1) Elementary Mathematics Teacher Leadership, (2) Middle School Mathematics Education, (3) PostSecondary Foundational Mathematics Teaching. BSU’s MEd Math program has three concentration options, with 30 credits for each of the Elementary/ Middle School and Secondary options, and 36 credits for the Specialist option. All three options require a current teaching license and 1 or 3 years teaching experience, depending on option selected. BSU also offers three 15 or 18credit Mathematics Teacher/ Teaching certificates for elementary, middle school and postsecondary levels. Credits for all three certificates can be applied towards the MA Mathematics degree. See site for more details for each program.
Sample courses: Action Research in Mathematics Education; Algebraic Reasoning for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Mathematics Teachers; Assessment in Mathematics Education; Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics Education; Data Analysis and Probability for Teachers; Geometry and Measurement for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Mathematics Teachers; Mathematics Learners and Learning; Mathematics Teacher Leadership 1; Number Concepts and Number Theory for Teachers; Rational Numbers and Proportionality for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Mathematics Teachers; Research Methods in Mathematics Education; Special Studies in the Teaching of Mathematics; Teaching Mathematics through Problem Solving; Technology for Mathematics Teachers; Topics in Geometry


23: University of Idaho
University of Idaho (UI) is a public university established in 1889 and located in Moscow, Idaho, about 80 miles southsoutheast of Spokane, WA. For a period of 70+ years (until 1963), it was the only university in the state of Idaho.
UI offers 18 master’s degrees that are either or both distance and online delivery. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) – Teaching Mathematics; MS Statistical Science (MSSS) with two tracks (thesis or internship); graduate certificate in Statistics. The MAT program requires 30 credits and has no thesis requirement. It is designed especially for already certified teachers seeking to broaden their subject matter knowledge. It is also sufficient for teaching math at some community colleges. MSSS program also requires 30 credits, with 24cr for nine courses (13 credits each), plus 6cr for the Thesis or Internship options. While not strictly a teaching degree, it qualifies graduates to teach statistics at some community or technical colleges. The graduate certificate in Statistics requires 15 credits (6cr Required, 9cr Electives) and is intended for nonmath/stats grad students who need statistical competency. Courses for these programs are available for distance learning in video format.
Sample courses: Abstract Algebra I (groups); Abstract Algebra II (rings and fields); Complex Variables; Discrete Optimization; Educational Perspectives: Theories, Policies, and Practices; Geometry; Groups and Symmetry; History of Educational Thought; Information and Coding Theory; Introduction to Analysis; Linear Algebra; Mathematical Statistics; Measurement and Evaluation; Models of Teaching; Multivariate Analysis; Ordinary Differential Equations; Probability and Statistics; Probability Theory; Problem Solving Through History; Statistical Analysis


22: Pennsylvania State UniversityWorld Campus
Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) is a public institution established in 1855 as a degreegranting agricultural college. Its main campus is located in University Park, Pennsylvania, about 135 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, PA, and 190 miles northwest of Philadelphia, PA. The World Campus is part of the main campus.
PSUWC offers nearly four dozen online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: Master of Applied Statistics (MAS); graduate certificate in Applied Statistics. This 30credit MAS program covers a range of techniques useful to the professional statistician, including: data mining, predictive analytics, biostatistics techniques, statistical consulting and more. Students also work with software such as R, SAS, minitab and others. The timeline is 25 years, and graduates of the program can subsequently certification for SAS programming or as an Accredited Professional Statistician(tm). Some of the same curriculum is covered in the 12credit grad certificate in Applied Statistics. PSUWC also offers an online, multidisciplinary, 30credit Master’s in Data Analytics (with options), as well a grad certificate in Business Analytics, and another grad cert in Applied Bioinformatics. See site for details. These master’s degrees also qualify graduates to teach at the community/ technical college level and at the college undergrad level at some institutions.
Sample courses: Advanced Statistical Procedures in SAS; Analysis of Discrete Data; Analysis of Variance and Design of Experiments; Applied Data Mining and Statistical Learning; Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis; Applied Nonparametric Statistics; Applied Statistics; Applied Time Series Analysis; Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials; Design of Experiments; Epidemiology Research Methods; Intermediate R Statistical Programming Language; Intermediate SAS for Data Management; Introduction to Mathematical Statistics; Introduction to Probability Theory; Introduction to SAS; Regression Methods; Sampling Theory and Methods; Statistical Analysis of Genomics Data; Statistical Analysis System Programming; Statistical Consulting Practicum; Topics in Stat Computing with R


21: University of Northern Iowa
University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is a public institution established in 1876 as Iowa State Normal School. UNI is located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, about 105 miles northeast of Des Moines, IA, and about 205 miles south and slightly east of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
UNI offers two dozen master’s programs through online (eLearning and videoconferencing) delivery, as well as a dozen grad certificate and endorsement programs. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: MA Mathematics with three Emphasis options: (1) Middle Grades 48 Teaching (MA Math 48), (2) MA Mathematics: Secondary Teaching (MA Math STE), (2) Community College Teaching (MA Math CCTE). The MA Math program has three teaching emphasis options, for middle grades, secondary and community college levels of teaching. The Thesis option requires 36+ credits, while the nonthesis option requires 3235 credits minimum dependent on emphasis taken. All three emphases are delivered online but some require inperson presence in twoweek summer sessions. The MA Math 48 emphasis is designed to produce middlegradelevel math teachers as per the NCTM Standards. The MA Math STE emphasis is for extending the knowledge of current secondary school math teachers. The MA Math CCTE emphasis is for either those planning to teach mathematics at the community college level, or for professional mathematicians wanting to increase career opportunity potential.
Sample courses: Abstract Algebra; Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis; Complex Analysis; Differential Equations; Differential Geometry; Geometric Transformations; History of Mathematics: To the Calculus; Intermediate Mathematical Analysis; Introduction to Mathematical Statistics; Introduction to Probability; Introduction to Stochastic Process; Mathematical Analysis; Modern Algebra; Numerical Analysis; Partial Differential Equations; Regression Analysis; Statistical Quality Assurance Methods; Theory of Numbers; Topics in Actuarial Science; Topics in Mathematical Logic and Set Theory; Topics in Probability and Statistics; Topics in the History of Mathematics; Topology


20: Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public institution established in 1899 as the Northern Arizona Normal School. NAU’s main campus is located in Flagstaff, Arizona, about 145 miles northeast of Phoenix, AZ.
NAU offers nearly two dozen online master’s degrees (excluding emphasis options). For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: MS Mathematics Education. This MSE program requires a minimum 37 credits and prepares graduates for secondary schoollevel teaching of mathematics (after suitable certification). It could also be used as a base for community collegelevel teaching of mat, although it is not designed as such. Students are required to write a Comprehensive exam, may be required to write a thesis, and have six years to complete the program. While all courses are online, one has blendedmode work involved. The 37 minimum credits consist of 15cr of mathematics content courses (five) and 22cr of mathematics education courses (seven). NAU also offers an oncampusonly MS Mathematics program (noneducation) and several educationrelated graduate degrees (nonmath but online)
Sample courses: Assessment In Mathematics; Capstone Course: Comprehensive Exam And Portfolio; Connections – Algebra And Number Theory; Connections – Calculus; Connections – Geometry; Connections – Probability And Statistics; Curriculum In Mathematics Education; Equity In Mathematics Education; History And Philosophy Of Mathematics Education; Problem Solving: Theory And Practice; Reflections On/In Math Education; Research In Mathematics Education; Technology In Mathematics Education


19: Emporia State University
Emporia State University (ESU) is a public university established in 1863 and located in Emporia, Kansas, about 61 miles roughly southwest of Topeka, Kansas. It was originally founded as Kansas State Normal School
ESU offers over 20 online master’s degrees (including one hybrid program, excluding concentrations) and over a dozen online grad certificates. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: MS Mathematics; graduate certificate in Mathematics. ESU’s MS requires 32 credits for the thesis option (thesis worth three or five credits) and 34 credits for the nonthesis option. Credits are spread across courses in Algebra, Analysis, and Statistics and Applied Mathematics. While the MS is not intended to be a math education program, ESU states that sufficient number sof students are high school or community college math teachers, and that “[t]here is room in our program for a limited number of pedagogically oriented elective courses.” The 18credit grad certificate in Mathematics, however, is designed for students seeking ” to teach at the community college level or to teach dualcredit courses at the secondary level.
Sample courses: Advanced Calculus; Applied Differential Equations; Categorical Data Analysis; Complex Variables; Field Theory; Group Theory; Mathematical Proofs; Mathematical Statistics; Number Theory; Numerical Analysis; Numerical Linear Algebra; Optimization Techniques; Regression Analysis; Ring Theory; Simulation Techniques; Topology; Vector Spaces; Wavelets


18: Lesley University
Lesley University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1909 and located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, about 3 miles roughly westnorthwest of Boston, MA. Original name: Lesley Normal School.
LU offers seven online master’s degrees and graduate certificates, both primarily in Education. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: MEd in Mathematics Education; Graduate certificate in Mathematics Education. This MEd program is designed for students planning to teach math at the grades 18 levels. Graduates of the program may subsequently seek professional licensure either in the state of Massachusetts or elsewhere. The 33 required credits consists of 11 core courses (plus any unobtained prerequisites). There is also a 18credit (sixcourse) grad certificate designed for students already holding an accredited master’s degree and initial teaching licensure for Massachusetts for elementary math (16) or middle school math or math/science (58). Other licensures are available. See Web site or contact LU.
Sample courses: Assessment Issues in Mathematics: Summative and Formative; Concepts of Calculus: Change and Infinity; Constructing Mathematical Understanding for Number Theory; Constructing Mathematical Understanding: Number and Operations; Functions and Algebra I: Building Mathematical Understanding; Functions and Algebra II: Broadening the Base ; Geometry and Measurement I: From Polygons to Pythagoras; Geometry and Measurement II: Circles, Symmetry, and Solids; Meeting Diverse Needs in the Mathematics Classroom; Probability: The Mathematics of Uncertainty; Statistics and Data Analysis


17: East Carolina University
East Carolina University (ECU) is a public research university that was established in 1907. ECU is part of the University of North Carolina System and is located in Greenville, North Carolina, some 85 miles east and somewhat south of Raleigh, NC, and about 140 miles southwest of Virginia Beach, VA. Original name: East Carolina Teachers Training School.
ECU offers over two dozen online master’s degrees (excluding concentrations/ specializations) and 36+ online grad certificates. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) – Mathematics Education; grad certificate in Elementary Mathematics Education. This MAEd program allows students to choose a concentration level from elementary, middle school or high school grades. Total credits required is 36, and the program can be completed in two years parttime, even for fulltime teachers. The concentrations are each between 1824 credits, depending on grade level. Alternatively, there is an 18credit grad certificate whose six courses are part of the Elementary Mathematics Education concentration.
Sample courses: Algebra and Number Foundations; Algebraic Reasoning: K5 Discourse and Questioning; College Algebra; Concepts in Discrete Mathematics; Data Analysis and Measurement: K5 Classroom Interactions; Data and Probability Explorations; Elements of Calculus; Functional Relationships; Geometry and Spatial Visualization: K5 Assessment; Geometry and Measurement; Mathematical Modeling; Mathematical Modeling: K5 Leadership; Number Systems and Operations: K5 Mathematical Tasks; Rational Numbers and Operations: K5 Learning Trajectories


16: University of Houston
University of Houston is a public institution established in 1927 and located in Houston, Texas. It is part of the University of Houston System. Original name: Houston Junior College
UH offers 16 online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: Master of Education (MEd) Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Mathematics Education; MA Mathematics. UH’s MEd program is designed to build the skills and knowledge for students to become not only educators in math, but also to be aware of recent research and theories about math learning and teaching. The 36credit program typically takes 23 years for students taking 69 credits per semester, and it involves core courses, electives and either Capstone or Thesis. There is also a Dual Credit Math/ Mathematics Education MEd program. There is also an MA program, which is designed for students who either plan to teach math at the secondary school or junior/ community college levels, or even for current teachers seeking supervisory positions. Thirtythree credits are required, with 21cr in mathematics covering four areas (Algebra, Analysis, Probability and Statistics, Applied Mathematics), 9cr in electives, and a 3cr supervised project.
Sample courses: Abstract Algebra; Analysis; Axiomatic Geometry; Complex Analysis; Differential Equations; Discrete Mathematics; History of Mathematics; Introduction to Differential Geometry; Linear Algebra; Mathematical Modeling; Models of Computation; Number Theory; Probability; Regression Analysis; Scientific Computing with Excel; Statistics; Survey of Mathematics; Technology in Mathematics Classes


15: Nova Southeastern University
Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a private, nonprofit institution based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The university was established in 1964 as a small, graduate institution in the physical and social sciences. In 1994, Nova University merged with Southeastern University of Health Sciences, thus taking on its current name.
NSU offers over 50 online master’s degrees (including concentrations/ specializations). For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: Master’s of Education (MEd) with Mathematics Education Specialization; Educational Specialist (EdS) with Mathematics Education Specialization. The 37credit MEd program is designed for students pursuing a role as an educators in middle, secondary, and postsecondary mathematics. There are 15 Core courses (including grad intro and research courses) and six math courses (for postsecondary educators). NSU also offers the advanced 36credit EdS degree, which goes beyond the level of master’s degree but is not a doctorate.
Sample courses: Abstract Algebra; Algebra in Secondary Schools; Applied Professional Experience in Mathematics Education; Conquering the Teaching of Calculus; Diagnosis and Remediation of Learning Difficulties in Mathematics; Educational Research for Practitioners; Elements of Differential Calculus; Elements of Integral Calculus; History, Current Trends, and Technology in Mathematics Education; Learning Geometry in the K12 Classroom; Linear Algebra; Linear and Abstract Algebra for Teachers; Methods of Teaching Middle and Secondary Math; Probability and Statistics; ProblemSolving Strategies in Mathematics Classrooms; Strategies for Teaching Calculus; Teaching Probability and Statistics in the K12 Classroom; Topics in Applied Algebra and Geometry


14: Nicholls State University
Nicholls State University is a public institution established in 1948 and located Thibodaux, Louisiana, about 60 miles roughly southwest of New Orleans, LA. It is part of the University of Louisiana System. Original name: Francis T. Nicholls Junior College.
NSU offers six online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: MS Community/ Technical College Mathematics. This MS program is designed for students pursuing roles teaching in community or technical colleges, and is specifically structured for the state of Louisiana. Required courses (six) take up 18 credits, while Elective courses take up 15 cr and can be selected from math, education, computer science, physical science — although 9cr must be math courses. The degree culminates with a comprehensive exam and possibly an oral exam.
Sample courses: Advanced Methods in Teaching Secondary Education Subjects; Advanced Methods of Instruction in Secondary School Mathematics; Calculus and Analytic Structures; Capstone Technology and Communication in Mathematics Education; Cornerstone Logic and Foundations; Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Research; Geometric and Algebraic Structures; Logic and Foundations of Mathematics; Mathematics Modeling: An Experimental Approach for Teachers; Numbertheoretic and Discrete Structures; Probability and Statistics; Research in Mathematics Education; Technology and Communication in Mathematics Education; Topics in the History of Mathematics; Topics in the School Mathematics Curriculum


13: Montana State University
Montana State University is a university established in 1893 and located in Bozeman, Montana, about 144 miles roughly west of Billings, MT. It was originally founded as the Agricultural College of the State of Montana and is part of the Montana University System.
MSU offers nine online master’s degrees (MS, MEd, MN, MSEM) and seven online graduate certificates. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: MS Mathematics – Mathematics Education Option (MSMME). This MSMME program is designed to give students the skills for teaching secondary school mathematics. While it does not require a score for the GRE or other grad entrance exam, such scores may be required for other grad mathematical science degrees. Students living in 15 Western U.S. states can pay residential rates for tuition, and up to nine credits can be transferred in to the program. There is a summer residence requirement for the program.
Sample courses: Algebra for Teachers; Analysis for Teachers; Assessment for Teachers; Curriculum Design; Geometry for Teachers; Improving Mathematics Education: Action Research; Mathematical Modeling for Teachers; Number Structures for Teachers; StandardsBased Math for Teachers; Statistics for Teachers; Theory of Learning Mathematics


12: Western Kentucky University
Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a public university established 1906 and located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, about 66 miles roughly northnortheast of Nashville, TN.
WKU offers nearly 30 online master’s degrees and nearly as many online grad certificates. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: MA Mathematics; MA Education in Teacher Leadership for Middle Grades or Secondary Education with Specialization in Mathematics; Elementary Mathematics Specialists certificate. The MA Math degree is a 3134 credit program intended for students who are secondary teachers already holding certification and looking for career advancement. Students must have either a bachelor’s in math or complete a set of 56 undergrad courses covering a variety of math topic basics. The curriculum consists of 18cr Required courses and 1316 credits in Secondary Education courses, which includes 1016cr in Professional Education courses. Alternatively, there is the MAEMath program, which is primarily intended for teachers holding certification for Secondary school. It requires 3037 credits, with 1016cr for Professional Education courses and 18cr for Specialization courses. Finally, there is also a 15credit Elementary Mathematics Specialists certificate which includes courses in Pedagogy, Mathematics Content and Restricted Electives categories.
Sample courses: Action Research Capstone for Teacher Leaders; Action Research Design; Algebra from an Advanced Perspective; Classroom Instructional Strategies and Management; Curriculum Development; Foundations of Teacher Leadership; Geometry from an Advanced Perspective; Geometry; Introduction to Analysis; Introduction to Probability and Statistics; Introduction to Statistics; Leadership, Math, and Technology Education; Math and Technology Assessment; Math and Technology Methods for Diverse Learners; Problem Solving for Elementary and Middle Grades Teachers; School and Classroom Assessment; Secondary Mathematics an Advanced Perspective


11: Texas A & M UniversityCollege Station
Texas A&M UniversityCollege Station (TAMU) is a public research university established in 1871 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. TAMU is the flagship of the Texas A&M University System and its main campus is in College Station, Texas, about 95 miles northwest of Houston, TX.
TAMUCS offers nearly two dozen distance master’s and certificate programs, some of which are online, and others offered via videoconferencing. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: MS Mathematics; MS Statistics. The MS Mathematics program requires 36 credits and is intended for students wanting to teach math at either the K12 level or community colleges, or are interested in a nonteaching mathcentric career. For teaching, students choose the Teaching Track. For other mathrelated careers (computational math, industrial math, math biology), there is the Traditional Track with the three aforementioned Applied subtracks. Alternately, there is the MS Statistics program, which requires 32+ credits for the Research Thesis and 36+ credits for the NonThesis option. While it is not strictly a teaching degree, successful completion qualifies the graduate to teach statistics at the community/technical level and, for some colleges, at the undergrad level. Note: TAMU also offers traditional (oncampusonly) MS and MEd Mathematics programs.
Sample courses: Applied Biostatistics and Data Analysis; Communications in Math; History of Mathematics; Information, Secrecy, Authentication; Linear Algebra; Mathematical Modeling; Methods and Applications of PDE’s; Methods in Multivariate Analysis; Methods in Time Series Analysis; Numerical Analysis; Numerical Methods in PDEs; Overview of Mathematical Statistics; Problem Survey; Regression Analysis; Sampling; Seminar in Algebra; Spatial Statistics; Statistics in Research; The Methods of Statistics


10: Mercy College
Mercy College (Mercy) is a private, nonprofit college established in 1950 and located in Dobbs Ferry, New York, about 27 miles roughly northnortheast of New York City. It was founded by the Sisters of Mercy.
Mercy offers nearly 20 online master’s degrees (MEd, MBA, MS, MPA, MSOL, etc), some with short residencies. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: MS Secondary Education, Grades 712 – Mathematics; dual degree option. This 36credit MS is intended for students seeking either initial or professional certification in order to teach math at the grade 712 level. There are two Tracks, A and B, dependent on background. See site for details. Mercy also offers a joint BS/MS in Mathematics and Secondary Education, Grades 712.
Sample courses: Approaches to Literature: Early ChildhoodAdolescence; Educational Evaluation/ Assessment Early ChildhoodAdolescence Disabilities; Educational Foundations Diverse Perspectives; Educ Psych and Adolescent Development; Foundations Education Students w/Disabilities; History of Mathematics; Methods and Materials Adolescent Education; Methods and Materials in Mid Childhood Education; Problem Solving in Mathematics; Read/Write Content Area Grades 512; Student Teaching Experience; Teaching English as 2nd Language


9: Columbus State University
Columbus State University is a public institution established in 1958 and located in Columbus, Georgia, about 107 miles roughly southsouthwest of Atlanta, GA. It is part of the University System of Georgia. Original name: Columbus College.
CSU offers nearly 20 online master’s degrees (MS, MEd, MSN, MPA, MAT), including tracks/ specializations. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Secondary Education: Mathematics. This MAT program (with option of Math or Science) is a offered jointly by CSU, Georgia Southern University and Valdosta State University. Students completing this degree are prepped for one of five teaching certification topics at the secondary (grades 612) level, including Mathematics. The 39 required credits breakdown to four categories of 912 credits each: (1) Area 1 Transitioning into Teaching, (2) Enhancing Student Learning, (3) Emerging Teacher, (4) Advanced Teacher.
Sample courses: Assessment for Instruction; Becoming an Advanced Teacher; Classroom Management; Knowledge of Students; Methods in Teaching Secondary Mathematics; Methods in Teaching Secondary Science; Research in Education ; Student Teaching; Teaching Internship; Teaching Practicum; Technology as a Teaching and Learning Tool ; Transition to Teaching


8: Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (SRU) is a public institution established in 1889 and located in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, about 51 miles roughly north of Pittsburgh, PA. It is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
SRU offers 16 online master’s degrees (MA, MS, MEd) and four online grad certificates. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: Master of Education Elementary Education: K8 Math and Science (MEd K8 Math); Master of Education Secondary Education: Teach Math and Science (MEd 912 Math); graduate certificate in Applied Research, Statistics, and Measurement; Alternatives: MS Data Analytics (MSDA). The 11course, 30credit MEd K8 Math program is intended for certified teachers looking to become instructional leaders in elementary math and science, with a program that focuses on Common Core State Standards (Pennsylvania). The MEd 912 Math program requires 36 credits and can be completed in a year. It has a two track options: Basic Teaching or Advanced Teaching. The first one is for students with a bachelor’s degree in math or a STEM science but who have no certification. The second track is for certified math/ STEM science teachers. SRU also offers a 33credit MS Data Analytics (MSDA) online degree (10 month timeline) and a 12credit graduate certificate, the latter of which includes education courses.
Sample courses: A Survey of the Mathematics Curriculum K8; Advanced Study of Learning Disabilities; Advanced Technologies for the Teaching of Mathematics and Science; Crucial Issues in Education; Curriculum Materials for K8 Science; Directed Field Experience in Secondary Schools; Elements of Qualitative Educational Research; Elements of Quantitative Educational Research; History of Mathematics Education; Introduction to Educational Research; Mathematics Content for K8 Teachers; Measurement and Assessment in Schools; Philosophical Foundations of Education; Problem Solving in K8 Education; Research Methods for Teacher Leadership; Seminar and Supervised Teaching in the Secondary School; Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education Research; Social Foundations of Education; Teacher Action Research in the Math/Science Classroom; Teaching Integrated Science and Mathematics; TechnologyBased Inquiry in Middle and Secondary Schools; Univariate Statistical Methods


7: National University
National University (NU) is a 4year, private, nonprofit university that is based in La Jolla, California, about 13 miles roughly northwest of San Diego, CA, with dozens of campuses and learning centers in other parts of CA, as well as four other states (Hawaii, Nevada, Texas, Virginia), plus an online division. It was founded in 1971 as Pikeville Collegiate Institute and is a member of the National University System.
National offers over three dozen online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with Specialization in Teaching Mathematics K9. This MAT program is designed for currently practicing educators. (Candidates in Nevada must hold a current teaching license valid in the state.) The program’s requirements are 10 courses, equivalent to 45 quarter units (qu), with six courses (27 qu) for Core, four courses (18 qu) for the mathematics specialization.
Sample courses: Applications of Research; Contemporary Issues/Challenges; Education and Social Pluralism; Foundations of Curriculum; Leadership Impact Seminar; Leadership Portfolio; Meaningful Learning with Technology; Models of Teaching; Program Design; Teaching Algebra/Number Theory; Teaching Geometry/Measurement; Teaching Probability/Stats


6: Faulkner University
Faulkner University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1942 and located in Montgomery, Alabama, about 161 miles roughly southwest of Atlanta, GA. Original name: Montgomery Bible School. Affiliation: Churches of Christ.
Faulkner offers over a dozen master’s degrees (plus emphases/ tracks/ concentrations), some of which are online. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: MA Teaching (MAT) – Mathematics Concentration; Master of Education Traditional Class A (EDM or ALTA) Math 612. Faulkner’s 30credit MAT program is designed for students who plan to teach at the undergrad level at 2yr/ 4yr institutions. Courses are online and there is no required clinical experience, with 12cr for Core courses (four) and 18 for content area (e.g., six Math). There is also an MEd program with two tracks, requiring 3236 credits. The EDM track is designed for students with an undergrad educationrelated degree who want to focus on a content area (such as Math) and who seek certification for this effort. The ALTA track is for students with a noneducation bachelor’s background. For the MEd, field and clinical experiences are required but an internship is not.
Sample courses: Abstract Algebra; Advanced Classroom Management; Advanced Educational Psychology and Exceptionalities; Complex Variables; Curriculum, Design, Assessment and Evaluations; Educational Research; Elementary Pedagogy for Social Studies; Geometry; History of Mathematics; Materials and Methods in Mathematics; Philosophy, Ethics, and Character Building; Reading Skills and Comprehension; Real Analysis; Seminar in Education; Teaching of Elementary Mathematics; Technology of Learning


5: Marygrove College
Marygrove College is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1905 and located in Detroit, Michigan. Original name: St. Mary’s College. Affiliation: Roman Catholic Church.
Marygrove offers four online master’s degrees and two graduate certificates. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: MA Teaching (MAT) with two Focus options: (1) Elementary Mathematics, K5; (2) Middle Level Mathematics, 68. This MAT program offers two focus options: one for elementary math, the other for middle school math. Both have six Core courses and four specialty courses. Each focus option emphasizes math education for a specific age range. Marygrove’s teaching program started since the school’s founding in 1905, and they claim to have been one of the first U.S. colleges to offer distance master’s degrees.
Sample courses: Algebra, 68; Algebra, K5; Data Analysis and Probability, 68; Data Analysis and Probability, K5; Effective Design; EvidenceBased Interventions; Instructional Design; Measurement and Geometry, K5; Measurement and Geometry, 68; Meeting the Needs of All Students; Problem Solving and Number and Operations, 68; Problem Solving and Number and Operations, K5; Teacher as Leader; Teacher as Researcher


4: Chadron State College
Chadron State College is a public institution established in 1911 and located in Chadron, Nebraska, about 297 miles roughly northnortheast of Denver, CO. It is part of the Nebraska State College System.
CSC offers online or hybrid master’s degrees in six topic areas. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: MA Education Curriculum and Instruction – Mathematics, Elementary and Secondary (MAEMath). This MAE program is designed for students either eventually seeking a doctorate or for professional development in math education. Total credits are 36, with 1518 for Core courses (including Thesis or Project) and 1518 for Electives/ Specialization. Note: some online courses are available in 8week lengths.
Sample courses: Blended Teaching and Learning; Curriculum Development ; Educational Philosophy; Introductory Analysis; Math Education Standards; Mathematics Curriculum; Mathematics for Managers; MultiMedia Classroom; Public Relations; Research Design and Data Analysis; Sampling Techniques; Statistical Methods/Data Analysis; Tech in Instructional Strategies; Theory of Statistics


3: North Greenville University
North Greenville University (NGU) is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1891 and located in Tigerville, South Carolina, about 164 miles roughly northeast of Atlanta, GA. Affiliation: Southern Baptist Convention.
NGU offers nearly a dozen master’s degrees, some of which are online or hybrid. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Math. This MAT program is offered in hybrid mode, with classes available online and “observation” hours requiring presence in the state of South Carolina. It is primarily intended for students who are aiming for certification in South Carolina, to teach math. The 42 credits required consist of thirteen course combining general teaching topics and the teaching of mathematics. NGU has a rolling enrollment for this program of five eight week terms per year.
Sample courses: Advanced Human Behavior Development and Learning; Best Current Teaching Practices; Classroom Management and Discipline; Current Issues in K12 Schools; Diversity and Social Issues in Education; EDU History and Philosophy of Education; Intervention Strategies and Techniques; Methods and Material for Teaching Math; Practicum in Methods and Materials for Teaching; Principles of Curriculum Development; R2S Foundations in Reading; Supervised Student Teaching


2: Western Governors University
Western Governors University (WGU) is a private university established in 1997 and based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The name comes from the fact that the university was founded by over a dozen U.S. governors of western states. All programs through WGU are online. It awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as postbachelor’s certificates.
All degree and certificate programs from WGU are online, which includes master’s degrees from four colleges: teachers college, business, information technology, health professions. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: MA Teaching (MAT), Mathematics (59 or 512); MA Mathematics Education (MAME; K6, 59, or 512); PostBaccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program in Mathematics (59 or 512; leads to Teacher Licensure). The MAT program is for bachelor’sholding individuals wanting to earn both a master’s degree and certification to teach middle school or high school mathematics. The MAME program is intended for licensed teachers seeking both a master’s degree and certification to teach elementary, middle or secondary mathematics. Requirements range from 3032 credits, depending on level of teaching desired. Alternately, students with a bachelor’s degree in math, engineering or science can take the postbaccalaureate certificate, leading to licensure for middle school or secondary mathematic. The timeline is 1.52 years and 27 credits are required (34 per most courses)
Sample courses: Demonstration Teaching; Elementary Mathematics Content; Foundations of Research; Foundations of Teaching; High School Mathematics Content; Instructional Planning and Presentation; Mathematics Education; Middle School Mathematics Content; Preclinical Experiences; Research Fundamentals


1: Regent University
Regent University is a private, nonprofit, Christian research university that was established in 1977 as CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) University. Regent is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, about 100 miles southeast of Richmond, VA, and around 185 miles northeast of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Regent offers master’s degrees through seven graduate schools — all of which offer online master’s programs. For online master’s level programs in Mathematics or Statistics, they offer: Master of Arts in Education (MEd) with Endorsement – K8 Leadership in Mathematics Education; Education Specialist (EdS) K8 Leadership in Mathematics Education. The MEd program is intended for particularly for students wanting training for a mathematics specialist role and focuses on requirements for a Virginia Mathematics Specialist endorsement. The 35 credits required consists of 14 required courses (including two 0credit orientation and research courses). Courses are eight weeks long and there are six start dates per year. For students seeking knowledge beyond the master’s but not yet ready for a doctorate, Regent has an EdS in K8 Leadership Mathematics Education, which is also 35 credits. It has three start dates per year and take about 18 months fulltime.
Sample courses: Algebra and Functions for K8 Teachers; Assessing & Teaching Mathematics to Students with Special Needs; Curriculum Studies and Trends in Mathematics; Discrete Mathematics for K8 Teachers; Educational Leadership in Mathematics; Geometry and Measurement for K8 Teachers; Numbers, Systems and Operations for K8 Teachers; Probability and Statistics for K8 Teachers; Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning for K8 Teachers; Technology Applications for School Mathematics Leaders


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