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Master of Education for Teachers of Mathematics

About the Program

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching, a partnership between Teachers21 and Fitchburg State University, is designed for active elementary, middle and high school teachers, coaches and curriculum leaders who are passionate about teaching mathematics and improving student learning. The program is ideal for those interested in being licensed and highly qualified to teach middle or high school math, Math Specialists, Curriculum Directors, Mathematics Coaches, or those educators just seeking to improve their skills, knowledge and credentials.

Candidates who complete the program earn a Master's degree from Fitchburg State University for under $16,000. There is also a route to licensure for those in need (at an additional cost) and all graduates will have met the Massachusetts state course requirements for certification as math teachers.


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A Tremendous Program Designed for K-12 Math Educators

Sponsored by Teachers21 and led by Director Jenny Tsankova, Ed.D., this program integrates math content and pedagogy and includes modules on technology, action research, differentiated instruction, curriculum design, assessment and more in order to deepen mathematical knowledge, provide additional strategies for effective teaching of mathematical concepts, and prepare educators to successfully pass the MTEL. Program graduates will be on the leading edge of teaching and learning, technology integration, and implementing the Common Core. The program is designed to accommodate practicing elementary or secondary educators and math coaches who want to engage and inspire students to love and excel at learning math.



Master's candidates may be eligible to finance up to 100% of the cost through Sallie Mae at very reasonable interest rates. While participants are still responsible for paying for each course, including the credits, they are eligible to apply for a loan that will cover the full amount of all the courses in the program.

To initiate the financing, degree candidates must complete the Master’s program application and be accepted into the program although this does not have to happen before taking the first few courses. Once the application to Fitchburg State University and to Sallie Mae is complete, enrolled students will be eligible to receive the full amount they wish to finance, and payments will be made to the student directly over the course of the 2015-2016 school year.

Program Components

This is approximately a twenty-four month program with 12 required courses for the degree.

Up to four courses can be taken for credit without enrolling in the Master's program.

Registration Information and Costs

The cost for each course is fixed at $1,000 PLUS the cost of credits ($285 for 3 credits for FY2016). Participants must register and pay through both the T21 and FSU registration systems.


Program Features

Program Requirements:

  • 12 required courses for the degree
  • Middle and high school teachers take an additional calculus course
  • Roughly 24 month commitment

Who can register:

Elementary, middle or high school math teachers, Math Specialists, Curriculum Directors, Mathematics Coaches, or those educators just seeking to improve their skills, knowledge and credentials

Course schedule:

  • Each course typically meets 8 times (four Friday evening / Saturday sessions) or over 5-6 days in the summer
  • 3 courses will be offered online

Location and Start Dates:

A new regional cohort is being formed in the Worcester area TBD dates. 

Registration Costs:

  • In-person courses: $1,000 PLUS the cost of credits ($285 for 3 credits for FY2017