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Master Teaching Fellows Program of Study

CSUN NSF Master Teaching Fellows (MTFs) will earn Master’s degrees in Mathematics Education -- specifically the CSUN Subject Specialist–Mathematics Master’s Degree program in CSUN's Department of Secondary Education.

The CSUN Subject Specialist–Mathematics Master’s Degree program is designed especially for secondary mathematics teachers.  During this two-year program, candidates will:

  • experience and implement innovative mathematics-teaching practices, especially drawing on reform methodology and curricula;
  • acquire greater fluency with educational technologies, including Internet resources, website development, and graphing technologies;
  • investigate current research in mathematics teaching and learning and how it translates into practice; 
  • conduct “action research” in their own classrooms;
  • deepen their knowledge and understanding of broad issues, policies, and controversies that impact schools in general and mathematics teaching in particular;
  • develop as leaders in mathematics education through presentations to colleagues and participation in professional organizations and support networks.
Readings, in-class activities, and assignments aim to help the candidate apply the most up-to-date research and technologies to make her or his teaching more effective.  Most major assignments center on a candidate's personal teaching experiences in her or his current classroom.  The culmination of the program is a candidate's own research project in which the candidate investigates a mathematics teaching or learning question through a systematic study in her or his own classroom.  In addition to becoming more effective mathematics teachers, graduates of this program will be well prepared for roles as department chair, math coach, or lead teacher; for leading conference sessions or workshops; for some community-college positions; and for further study at the doctoral level.
Program classes meet from 4:00 – 6:45 pm and 7:00 – 9:45 pm every Tuesday for four semesters.  The next cohort will run from Fall 2010 to Spring 2012 (no summers).


Department of Mathematics
California State University, Northridge 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8313
Phone: 818-677-2721