Mathematics for Teaching Degree

From Harvard trained faculty, you'll learn new strategies that will dramatically improve your ability to teach middle and high school students the math skills needed to succeed in life, work, and academia.

Key learning outcomes

Through the degree in mathematics for teaching you build:

  • Deeper knowledge of mathematics content, with a particular focus on middle and high school math classrooms.
  • Tactics aimed to improve student motivation through interactive problem-solving activities.
  • An enhanced understanding of what it means to learn math and where mathematical misconceptions and student confusion can occur.

Program Overview

The degree includes nine courses and a thesis, or 11 courses and a capstone, with at least four courses taken on campus.

  • Get started. You begin by completing three admission courses from the program curriculum. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
  • Apply to the program. While you are completing your third admission course, you submit your application. We have application periods in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you choose from courses offered on campus or online, in the fall, spring, or summer. To fully experience Harvard, you take at least four courses on campus as part of your degree. Short, intensive on-campus options are available in the summer.
  • Complete a thesis or a capstone. If you choose the thesis track, you work independently with a thesis director on in-depth research topic related to your professional goals. You'll emerge with a solid understanding of how educational research is executed and communicated, producing publishable quality results. For the capstone track, you'll work in classroom setting with fellow master's candidates to investigate a variety of approaches to teaching, with the goal of helping you develop fresh, innovative approaches to communicating mathematics in the classroom.

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Affordability is core to our mission. Our 2015–16 graduate tuition is $2,400 per course; the total tuition cost of earning the graduate degree is approximately $24,000 to $28,000.

There are a number of financial aid options available once you’re admitted to the program.