Mathematics education, certification

University of Missouri-Columbia
Master of Education in learning, teaching and curriculum
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You’re passionate about reaching the next generation of learners and keenly aware that excellent mathematics education empowers young people for a lifetime. It’s time to join the outstanding online master of education program in learning, teaching and curriculum with emphasis in mathematics education certification from the University of Missouri (Mizzou). With cutting-edge strategies and skills learned from Mizzou’s esteemed faculty, you can help more students experience success in mathematics, whether you teach proportions, algebra, geometry or calculus and beyond. 

This 100% online program will equip you with everything you need to become a state-certified instructor in middle or secondary school mathematics. You’ll be immersed in the latest pedagogy through lectures, peer-to-peer learning and hands-on practice. You’ll network with education professionals and increase your job opportunities upon graduation. To complete your studies, you can intern in a school district that is convenient for you, or if you’ve been hired to teach under temporary authorization then you can complete your internship at your home institution.

You can complete this master’s program in two years or less, then sit for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) certification exam. Find out more about certification requirements on the DESE website.

Quick facts

Official name

Master of education in learning, teaching and curriculum and an emphasis in mathematics education, certification


University of Missouri-Columbia

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

College of Education & Human Development | Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission, DESE teacher certification

Credit hours


Estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

Graduates will be prepared to teach math in middle or secondary education and be prepared to sit for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) certification exam.

Program structure

Delivery of this program is 100% online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are cohort-based. Most students study part time, taking two to three classes per semester, and complete the course work in just one to two years.

Course work includes

  • Secondary mathematics from an advanced perspective
  • Teaching, learning and research in middle and secondary school math
  • Reading and writing in content areas
  • Foundation of teacher preparation
  • Teaching the exceptional learner
  • Advanced internship in curriculum and instruction


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

1.5 years

Typical course load

2-3 courses per semester


University of Missouri-Columbia is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. Accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Faculty spotlight

Sam Otten, PhD

Samuel Otten received his doctorate in mathematics education and his M.S. in mathematics from Michigan State University. His research centers on students’ participation in mathematical practices at the secondary level, with a focus on classroom discourse and instructional technology.

Samuel Otten, PhD
Lois Knowles Faculty Fellow, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum
John Lannin, PhD

John K. Lannin is the Associate Dean for Student Success and Academic Affairs for the College of Education in addition to professor for the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum. His research focuses on the improvement of the learning and teaching of mathematics in K–12 classrooms. Specifically, Dr. Lannin’s research focuses on student understanding of generality and algebraic thinking. His focus on teacher knowledge has involved deepening our understanding of how the specific knowledge for teaching mathematics develops over time. Dr. Lannin is a former middle and high school mathematics teacher, having taught at three different schools in Nebraska for 10 years.

John Lannin, PhD
Professor, Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum
Corey Webel

Corey Webel typically teaches mathematics courses for prospective elementary teachers, and is the director of the Elementary Mathematics Specialist Certification Program. His research explores how individual and institutional factors can support and inhibit improvements to mathematics teaching, and he is interested in studying how online tools and school structures could be used to facilitate teacher collaboration and learning across contexts.

Corey Webel, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum
Tiffany LaCroix

Tiffany LaCroix earned her Ph.D. from Virginia Technological University. She studies secondary mathematics teachers’ beliefs and has experience at elementary, middle and high school levels in mathematics, teaching and learning. She helps advise practicing teachers and teaches some courses in the online graduate programs in mathematics education.

Tiffany LaCroix, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum

Learn more about this program

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