Faculty of Education and Social Work


Master of Professional Studies in Mathematics Education

Designed for mathematics teachers who wish to study and research their classroom practice. The degree brings together research, mathematical knowledge, and professional experience to develop critical approaches to mathematics teaching and learning.

Quick facts
Length
Full-time: One year
Part-time: Either 3.5 years (if taken as taught masters) or 2 years (if taken as research masters)
Delivery

Faculty of Education and Social Work courses are taught at Epsom Campus and Faculty of Science courses at City Campus. Some courses may be offered by online/study guide. Your research will be guided by at least one supervisor.

Points per degree 120
Contact for help and advice Dr Jean-Francois Maheux - Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88791 Email: j.maheux@auckland.ac.nz
Dr Fiona Ell - Phone: +64 9 923 9847 Email: f.ell@auckland.ac.nz

The Master of Professional Studies in Mathematics Education is jointly offered by the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Programme highlights

  • Gives insight into classroom practice and provides an introduction to research in mathematics and statistics education.
  • Flexible structure: The courses can be chosen from a large array of mathematics-related courses in the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Education and Social Work.
  • Projects are supervised by research staff and will be related to the workplace.

Prgramme overview

The Mathematics Education specialty within the MProfStuds degree is designed for mathematics teachers who wish to study and research their classroom practice. 

The degree brings together research, mathematical knowledge, and professional experience to develop critical approaches to mathematics teaching and learning.  

The degree is offered as EITHER a Taught Masters (which involves 75 points of coursework and a 45 point dissertation), OR a Research Masters (which involves 30 points of coursework and a 90 point research portfolio).  It is a one year degree (full time), but the taught version may be taken part-time over 3.5 years, and the research version may be taken part time over 2 years.

Students will research work related to their mathematics teaching practice.

For more details, please see the University of Auckland Calendar.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this programme will be better able to be senior practitioners in mathematics education at primary, secondary or tertiary level, and to take on positions of responsibility that involve mentoring other teaching staff.

In particular, it is expected that graduates of the MProfStuds (Mathematics Education) will be suited for Lead Teacher or HoD Mathematics roles in secondary schools.

Entry criteria

Students will require either:

  • a bachelors degree

or

  • a bachelors (honours) degree

and

  • a professional teaching qualification recognised as equivalent to one year’s advanced study

and

  • at least three years’ post-qualification teaching involving mathematics

and

  • any prerequisites for the courses in the subject area in which they wish to enrol

Entry is with the approval of the Director of the programme.

Programme structure

Taught Masters

  • 45 points (Dissertation) from MATHS 785; STATS 792; EDPROFST 789
  • At least 45 points from MATHS 701-789, STATS 701-787, ENGSCI 701-772
  • Up to 30 points from EDUC 764, EDPROFST 787, or other courses as approved by the Head of School of Curriculum and Pedagogy or programme director

The 45-point dissertation may be supervised either through Mathematics, Statistics, or the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Research Masters

  • 90 points (Research Portfolio): MATHS 790
  • 15 points: EDPROFST 787, EDUC 764
  • 15 points from MATHS 701-770; STATS 701-787; ENGSCI 701-772

The 90-point research portfolio will be jointly undertaken with the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Education and Social Work.  

Further study

From a masters degree you can go on to doctoral study. The Faculty of Education and Social Work offers two programmes at doctoral level – the Doctor of Education (EdD) and the Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD).

 

Fees and scholarships

Find out the cost of tuition at the University, how to pay your fees and important dates. 

You may be eligible to apply for scholarships and University awards available to help you pay for your study. Learn more about postgraduate scholarships and how to apply.

 

Application for admission

Apply now or learn more about the application process (How to apply).

 

 

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