School of Education & Counseling

Mathematics (5-8 or 8-12)  Master of Education

The Mathematics (5-8 or 8-12) Master of Education program explores the concepts, language and procedures of mathematics. You'll advance your math education and develop your ability to apply mathematics to the middle school and high school learners around you.

30 - 38 Credits
Starts September 3, 2024


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Program Overview for MEd in Mathematics (5-8 or 8-12)

This program is designed for adults who want to help children learn the language of mathematics, current teachers who wish to add mathematics as a new subject area, and those wishing to become National Board Certified mathematics teachers, coaches, specialists and directors.

It’s also a good fit for non-mathematics majors who wish to broaden their teaching careers, as well as career changers who wish to pursue a rewarding job that involves teaching children mathematics. Available in licensure and non-licensure options, the program is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, but currently only offers licensure for students in Massachusetts.

Based out of our Boston campus, courses in this MEd program are taught in a hybrid format through scheduled remote (Zoom) and self-paced online (asynchronous) classes.

Program Highlights for Mathematics (5-8 or 8-12) MEd

Graduates of this program are skilled teachers with strong mathematics content knowledge. Through the coursework, you’ll learn to make connections between math and other fields to deepen your students’ understanding and use technology as an essential mathematics tool. You’ll also learn inclusive practices to create a safe and collaborative learning environment and how to implement lessons with measurable assessments of learning.

Why Choose Cambridge College for Your MEd

Earn your master’s in mathematics education at Cambridge College. We provide high-quality, affordable graduate programs designed to fit your life:

  • Career-focused learning: Graduates of the Mathematics education program are ready to lead in the classroom, adept at using the latest technologies and prepared to advance social justice.
  • Hands-on training: The math education curriculum links theory and practice in a collaborative learning environment. Licensure students will complete a mathematics teaching practicum (for grades 5-8 or 8-12) and a supporting seminar that provides a cohort for students to address problems and find solutions.
  • Licensure preparation: This program satisfies Massachusetts licensure requirements, based on current regulations. If you have any questions about the requirements, please speak to the program chair.
  • Diverse experiences: As one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in the United States, Cambridge College offers the opportunity to gain new perspectives from working with other adult learners from all over the world. This program also features a Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Content License Endorsement Course to prepare licensure candidates to address the needs of a diverse and ever-changing student population in Massachusetts.
  • Flexible course options: The master’s in mathematics education is delivered via convenient evening, weekend, and online course options designed to fit your busy schedule.

MEd in Mathematics Tuition Information

Cost Per Credit
Total Program Tuition
Cost Per Credit$639
Credits* 30 - 38 credits
Total Program Tuition $19,170 - $24,282

*See curriculum sheet for a breakdown of credits and credit ranges.

Prospective graduate degree students for programs in the School of Education & Counseling must satisfy the following requirements plus any program-specific requirements your program may have.

  1. Complete and sign the online application.
  2. Pay the application fee. Pay your $50 ($100 for international students) application fee by the term start date.
  3. Send official transcripts. Maildirectly to Cambridge College in a sealed, unopened envelope. Learn How to Send Transcripts. Required degrees must be from accredited colleges or universities.
    • Master's and most graduate certificate programs require an earned bachelor's degree.
    • Post-master's certificates and CAGS require an earned master's degree.
    • International transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an approved agency. See all international student requirements
  4. Send your résumé and work experience. Send your resume that details your education and work experience, including how they pertain to your career goals. If your SEC program has a work experience requirement, it will be listed in the Program-Specific Requirements section below.
  5. Submit your personal statement. Write a 500-word, typed, double-spaced essay describing your professional experience, goals and objectives for graduate study. How do you expect your graduate studies to enhance your future career?
  6. Include two professional recommendations (not required for fully online programs). These should address your professional character and ability to perform graduate work. Download Applicant Recommendation Form
  7. Interview (required for some programs). If your program requires an interview, it will be listed in the Program-Specific Requirements section below.
  8. Satisfy Health Insurance & Immunization requirements. (Massachusetts only). These are required only for graduate students taking six or more credits per term in Massachusetts through on-campus or hybrid classes. Health insurance may be waived.

Teacher Licensure Program Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed above, our Teacher Licensure Programs have these additional requirements:

  1. Earned bachelor's degree with 3.0 or higher GPA.
  2. MA Educator Documentation from the Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) website. Keep copies of all documents submitted and, upon admission, post in your electronic portfolio:
    1. Massachusetts Educator Personnel ID (MEPID number)
    2. MTEL Communication & Literacy Test, successfully completed.

Required if completed:

  • Massachusetts preliminary license, if held
  • Sheltered English Instruction requirement
  • Fingerprinting and Criminal Offender Record Information

Applicants who do not initially meet all requirements (e.g. GPA of 3.0 or MTEL) for admission into their chosen licensure program must enroll in the corresponding non-licensure degree option. Students who achieve a 3.0 GPA upon completion of the first three SEC courses, pass the MTELs, and now meet all requirements, may request a change of program.

Disclosures: For all Licensure Programs

  • Licensure requirements are subject to change per Massachusetts regulations. All Cambridge College licensure programs are based on current regulations.
  • All candidates admitted for licensure programs must successfully complete the program in its entirety.
  • All requirements at the time of program completion must be finalized prior to seeking Massachusetts endorsement for licensure purposes.
  • If you have any licensure questions, please speak to your program chair.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

A math placement test is required, and is administered during the interview to assess applicant readiness to enter the math program selected and, upon acceptance, for program advising.

This program accepts students to start in the Fall term.

Careers in Middle or High School Mathematics

Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average Massachusetts salary for middle school teachers is $85,460* per year and the average salary for high school teachers is $82,960** The greater Boston metropolitan area is also ranked as one of the top 10 cities with the highest employment levels for these teaching roles.

Keep in mind that your teaching salary will vary based on your experience and the region in which you work.


Mean annual salary for middle school teachers in Massachusetts*


Mean annual salary for secondary school teachers in Massachusetts**

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, 25-2022 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education, (visited December 29, 2023).

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, 25-2031 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education, (visited December 29, 2023).

Jobs in Mathematics for Grades 5-8 or 8-12

Teaching mathematics to children and high school students is a rewarding career that gives you the chance to make a difference in young lives. Qualified math teachers are also in high demand—in Massachusetts and across the nation.

Jobs in mathematics for program graduates include:

  • Math teacher (grades 5-8 or 8-12)
  • Mathematics specialist
  • Mathematics coach
  • Mathematics director