Mathematics M.S.T.

The Master of Science in Teaching degree in Mathematics is designed for individuals who are interested in teaching secondary mathematics; it is pursued as well by individuals who desire to teach college general-studies mathematics. Students strengthen their mathematics knowledge and understanding while they also explore teaching and learning approaches. Admission is open to licensed teachers as well as those seeking initial licensure. Those candidates seeking initial licensure must meet the mathematics major requirements, satisfy a professional education component, and meet discipline-related requirements. Master’s candidates may choose from two concentrations: teaching mathematics in either middle grades or secondary education. All students complete 36 hours, consisting of nine hours of required core courses, 15 hours of concentration, and 12 hours of cognate from the College of Education. Candidates must also successfully complete comprehensive examinations.

Computer analyst makes transition to math educator

Computer analyst makes transition to math educator

Amy Millen-Davies (M.S.T., Mathematics, 2014) switched careers after volunteering as a math tutor in Williamson County’s Adult Education program and then joining Columbia State Community College as a tutor/adjunct instructor. “I found my first year of teaching to be quite challenging, but I had also discovered great satisfaction in helping students remediate their math skills,” she says. She found that MTSU’s M.S.T. program balanced pure mathematics coursework with education courses she lacked in undergraduate studies. “I truly credit my M.S.T. courses with making me a better problem-solver,” she says. Millen-Davies had received her B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in mathematics from Eastern Michigan, then worked in the information technology field for eight years. She worked as a consultant for the Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research Division, 3M Healthcare, and General Motors before relocating to Nashville to join Telco Research as an application support analyst.  Millen-Davies now works at Columbia State’s Franklin campus as an adjunct instructor for Learning Support Mathematics.

M.S.T. grad uses new approach in statistics classes

M.S.T. grad uses new approach in statistics classes

Natasha Gerstenschlager earned her M.S.T. in Mathematics at MTSU and went on to earn her Ph.D. in Mathematics and Science Education at MTSU. Her interests include teaching mathematics and statistics in ways that research shows supports students’ deep learning of the content. In her time at MTSU, Natasha has developed active learning modules for in introductory statistics courses through the MTStatPal project (funded by a National Science Foundation grant) and assisted with facilitating professional development workshops for K-8 teachers through Project IMPACT (funded by a Mathematics and Science Partnership grant). Natasha currently conducts research and teaches mathematics and statistics education courses as a tenure-track faculty member at Western Kentucky University.

A number of schools report facing a shortage of teachers in certain subject areas including mathematics, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. A Master of Science in Teaching degree can help those with a strong mathematics background change careers into teaching mathematics at schools or even community colleges. Classroom educators also study valuable instructional approaches to help advance their careers and increase student success. Tutoring, textbook/testing resources, and state educational curriculum positions are other occupational options with this degree.

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Bedford County Schools
  • Bradley County Schools
  • Coffee County Schools
  • Columbia State Community College
  • Cumberland University, Gallatin
  • Hardin County Schools
  • Maury County Schools
  • McGraw-Hill Education
  • Metro-Nashville Schools
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Rose of Lima School
  • The Webb School
  • Williamson County Schools
  • Wilson County Schools

Doctoral programs accepting students include

  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • University of South Florida


Two concentrations are offered under the Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) in Mathematics: Middle Grade Mathematics and Secondary Mathematics.

Applicants for unconditional admission must have

  • an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college
  • an acceptable grade point average for all college work
  • completion of the GRE or MAT with acceptable scores (MAT score generally expected to meet or exceed 402).
  • a valid elementary teaching certificate (for the Middle Grade Mathematics concentration)
  • a valid secondary teaching certificate or completion of 9 hours of mathematics past the calculus sequence (I, II, III) or be seeking initial licensure to teach secondary mathematics (for the Secondary Mathematics concentration)

Candidates not meeting these requirements may petition to the Mathematics Education Graduate Admissions Committee.

Those seeking initial licensure for Middle Grade Mathematics must meet the major requirements, satisfy a professional education component, and meet discipline-related requirements. The candidate should contact the chair of the Womack Educational Leadership Department for the professional education component and the chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences for the discipline-related requirements.

Candidates seeking initial licensure for Secondary Mathematics may be required to complete additional hours in mathematics and/or professional education. An advisor should be consulted.

A Master of Science (M.S.) in Mathematics is also available, with concentrations in General Mathematics, Industrial Mathematics, and Research Preparation. The department offers a minor in Mathematics at the graduate level for non-majors.

The department also teaches courses in the Master of Science in Professional Science degree program, which includes concentrations in Actuarial Science and Biostatistics.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.


Undergraduate students interested in mathematical modeling and problem solving can pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Mathematics, choosing one of three concentrations: Actuarial Science, Mathematics Education, or Professional Mathematics.

Undergraduate minors are available in three areas: Mathematics; Statistics; and Mathematics for Managerial, Social, and Life Sciences.

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