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Rebecca Polasek

Math Education (M Ed)

The University of Missouri's online master's offered Rebecca Polasek a unique blend of education and mathematics. She immediately applied what she learned in her classroom of ELL students.


Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. However, you may choose to enroll in electives that require face-to-face meetings on campus.

Successful completion of the program requires 30 credit hours. At least 16 credit hours must be at the 8000 level.

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. You may take courses in any order. Please note that some courses are offered only in ODD (e.g., 2017) or EVEN (e.g., 2018) years. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Mathematics education or mathematics courses (Select 17 credit hours)

LTC 8085 Problems in Curriculum and Instruction
1-3 credit hours; offered as needed
LTC 8865 Assessment in Mathematics EducationOdd  
LTC 8866 Contemporary Curriculum Issues in Mathematics Education
2 credit hours
LTC 8871 Teaching and Learning Number/Operations AdvancedOdd  
LTC 8874 Teaching and Learning Algebraic Reasoning AdvancedEven  
LTC 8875 Technology and Mathematics EducationEven  
LTC 8878 Mathematical Leadership for Elementary Schools Advanced  Odd
LTC 8886 Contemporary Equity Issues in Mathematics Education Even 
LTC 8896 Secondary Mathematics from an Advanced Perspective  Odd
LTC 8900 Seminar: Mathematics Education Odd 
MATH 7100 Differential EquationsXXX
MATH 7140 Matrix TheoryXXX
You may select other courses with approval from your advisory committee.   

Education electives (Select 9 credit hours)

LTC 8913 Curriculum DevelopmentX X
LTC 8914 Culturally Responsive PedagogyX X
ED_LPA 8428 Curriculum Leadership   
ESC_PS 7115 Human LearningXXX
ESC_PS 7170 Introduction to Applied StatisticsXXX
IS_LT 9467 Technology to Enhance LearningBAX
SPC_ED 7300 Introduction to Special EducationX A
You may select other courses with approval from your advisory committee.   

Master's project (4 credit hours)

LTC 8915 Classroom Research
2 credit hours
LTC 8910 Individual Research
1-3 credit hours
You may select other courses with approval from your advisory committee.   

X = full semester, A = 1st half of semester, B = 2nd half of semester

Note This program does not lead to initial teacher certification.


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. College of Education is a member of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    • While this program is intended for certified mathematics instructors, certification is not required for admission.
    • Two years of teaching experience in a related field
    • Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education. See note regarding letters of recommendation below.
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
    • Application to this program does require you to submit GRE scores. If you have not taken the exam in the past five years, now is the time to do so.
  2. Mark your calendar

  3. Submit your application in time.

    Application dates

    To start classes in Apply by Classes begin
    Fall May 1 August
    Spring Oct. 1 January
    Summer March 1 June

    International students should apply by March 1 for fall, Oct. 1 for spring and Feb. 1 for summer.

  4. Gather your papers

  5. Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

    • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
    • GRE scores.
    • Résumé or CV.
    • Two letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of two people who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work. If your GPA is below 3.0 or you are an international student (have an international transcript), three letters are required. The Graduate School will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
    • Personal data sheet and brief statement of purpose regarding your reasons for undertaking graduate study, including career objectives, motivation for advanced level studies and other pertinent information.
    • TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.
  6. Complete the online application

  7. Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

    • Upload the above documents in the online application
    • Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
    • Academic Program: Learning, Teaching & Curriculum/Mathematics Education-Distance, For teachers already certified (MEd)
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)

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This program is administered by the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum.