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Master in Teaching Mathematics and Science

Teacher and students

Students from the U.S. are not meeting standards in math and science at the same rate as other countries. Many experts believe that the best way to improve student performance on STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) exams is to increase the number of quality STEM teachers and support them with significant professional development. SPU designed the Master in Teaching Mathematics and Science (MTMS) degree to meet just this need.

Who Should Pursue This Degree

Do you want to teach mathematics or one of the sciences at the middle school, junior high, or senior high level? If you hold an undergraduate degree and want to earn teaching certification with a mathematics or science endorsement concurrently with a master’s degree, then this program is for you.

Although similar to other SPU teacher certification/master’s degree programs (e.g., MAT, ARC), the MTMS program provides you with courses specifically tailored to teaching styles appropriate for math and science rather than a general curriculum applicable to any subject area endorsement.  


As a student in the MTMS degree program at SPU, you will:

  • Focus on teaching methods and techniques specifically related to mathematics and science.
  • Earn a Washington Residency Teacher Certificate (4 quarters).
  • Complete a Master's degree that offers greater teaching experience within the five-quarter time frame.
  • Progress through the program with fellow students in a cohort.
  • Take part in field-based experiences with diverse learners, culminating in a full-time, year-long internship in a school classroom.
  • Enjoy personalized advising and mentoring from full-time faculty.
  • Learn from technology instruction embedded in the curriculum.
  • Create a personalized Teacher Development Plan.
  • Receive guaranteed enrollment in certification courses.
  • Graduate with a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Program Outline

The program outline includes a description of program components, program schedule, and suggested course sequence. The official degree requirements for this graduate program are stated in the SPU Graduate Catalog in effect when you are accepted into this program.

Admission Information

What is required for admission to the MTMS degree? Find information about admission requirements and procedures. The official admission requirements for this graduate program are stated in the SPU Graduate Catalog in effect when you apply to this program.

Courses begin with online components June 22. Face-to-face class sessions, held on the SPU campus, begin July 20. Online and face-to-face classes conclude by August 14. Internship begins when K-12 teachers return to school, typically the last week of August.

Faculty Contact

David W. Denton

Assistant Professor
Graduate Teacher Education Chair

Phone: 206-281-2504
Office: Peterson Hall 403

2014 ARC and MTMS Programs Interview

The ARC and MTMS programs interview will be held on March 22, 2014, on the SPU Campus. Candidates who pass the initial application review process will be invited to the interviews via the email address provided on the application.

Did You Know?

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