Mathematics for Teaching Degree Program
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 master's degree field in mathematics for teaching you:
- Build deeper knowledge of mathematics content, with a particular focus on middle and high school math classrooms.
- Learn tactics that can improve student motivation through interactive problem-solving activities.
- Develop an enhanced understanding of what it means to learn math and where mathematical misconceptions and student confusion can occur.
The degree includes 12 courses, with at least four courses taken on campus.
- Get started. You begin by completing two stipulated degree courses as outlined on the degree requirements page. 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 second degree course, you submit your application. We have application cycles 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, year round, in the fall, spring, or summer. You are required to take at least four courses on campus. Three-week summer options available.
- 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.
- If you choose the capstone track, you'll work in a 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.
- Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: Mathematics for Teaching.
Affordability is core to our mission. Our 2020–21 graduate tuition is $2,900 per course; the total tuition cost of earning the graduate degree is approximately $35,000.