Masters Degree in Mathematics Education

Specialist in Education
Classroom, Field
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 8927 Degree Awarded: Specialist in Education
Age Restriction: N Admission status: graduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus
Admission Materials: 3 letters of  recommendation, résumé, objectives  

The primary emphasis of the specialist in education degree is on the development of specific competencies needed in mathematics education.

Admission Requirements

The applicant to the specialist in education program must hold a master's degree in mathematics or education, with mathematics as the teaching area.

General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section.

Degree Requirements

A candidate for the specialist in education degree must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better in a 30 credit hour program. Although research methodologies are included in the curriculum, no thesis is required. A three-member committee appointed by the department head and approved by the graduate programs office gives a final examination in the last semester of enrollment. A student can transfer up to 12 hours of graduate credit from other approved institutions offering at least the specialist in education degree.

It is the responsibility of the student to follow all master's degree policies governed by the graduate programs office. This includes arranging for the final program examination committee and scheduling the examination within the required time frame.


Candidates for the specialist in education degree must complete 30 credit hours of coursework beyond the master's degree as follows:

Current Research and Methodologies in Mathematics Education (9 credit hours)

Must be taken at Florida Tech; exceptions may be considered only through a written petition to be reviewed by the department's graduate faculty.

  • EDS 5070 Educational Statistics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes sampling procedures, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, estimation of variability, the normal distribution, differences between two groups, analysis of variance and correlation. Also includes nonparametric techniques, multivariate techniques and computer analysis of educational data.
  • EDS 5095 Essentials of Educational Research
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes research skills and related competencies involved in the planning, conducting and reporting of applied research studies of the type required for a graduate degree.
  • EDS 5203 Theories and Trends in Education
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides an overview of human development and learning. Topics include behavioral, social and cognitive learning theories. Emphasizes the application and implications of these theories to educational practice. Includes student review of research articles and other publications that relate to human development and learning theories.
Mathematics (9 credit hours)

The candidate must have earned a minimum of 21 master's degree- eligible credit hours in mathematics beyond the bachelor's degree. These credit hours include the nine specifically required for the specialist degree and any other credit hours from approved post-baccalaureate mathematics courses.

Education (9 credit hours)

Approved by the head of the department.

Electives (3 credit hours)

Each student chooses an elective to fit a particular certification and/ or interest area.