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M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Mathematics Education, Shady Grove

The EdTerps Learning Academy provides formal and informal training and professional development opportunities that encompasses current evidence-based research and practice related to instruction, policy analysis, counseling, and human development.

Mentoring and advising are an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the academic program director to ensure that educational goals and career learning and development goals are met. Students should contact: Dr. Sara Kirschner,


The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Specialty: Mathematics Education, Shady Grove (MCMM) has a 30-credit, 10-course curriculum that prepares certified elementary, middle, special education, and TESOL educators to become highly qualified mathematics teachers (grades 4-9).

  • Cohort structure is designed to help build a professional learning community.
  • Research-based program involves coursework in mathematics content, mathematics education, curriculum-based integrated content and pedagogy courses, as well as an action research course.
  • Pedagogical experiences include school-based components such as teachers visit each other’s classrooms; strands on inquiry, analysis of assessments, case studies, etc.
  • Can be completed in three years of continuous part-time enrollment. See Designation of Full-time/Part-time Status.

Program Feature

In addition to earning the M.Ed. from the University of Maryland, the Maryland State Department of Education has recognized this program as providing a suitable set of courses to be used by certified teachers seeking an add-on endorsement in middle grades mathematics. This recognition permits teachers to submit credits this program’s coursework as part of the 30 credits needed to request an add-on endorsement to their elementary certification for middle school mathematics.


Below is a listing of all program courses. For a detailed course description that includes pre-requisites or co-requisites, see The Graduate School Catalog, Course Listing as follows:

Focus Areas Course Number Title
Pedagogy TLPL611 Teaching and Learning Number in the Middle Grades
Pedagogy TLPL612 Teaching and Learning Algebra in the Middle School
Pedagogy TLPL615 Teaching and Learning Geometry in the Middle Grades
Pedagogy TLPL616 Teaching and Learning Statistics in the Middle School
Subject Matter MATH480 Algebra for Middle School Teachers
Subject Matter MATH481 Statistics and Data Analysis for Middle School Teachers
Subject Matter MATH482 Geometry for Middle School Teachers
Subject Matter MATH487 Number for Middle Grades Teachers
Assessment TLPL610 Trends in Mathematics Education
Assessment TLPL613 Problem-Solving and Innovative Thinking in Mathematics Classrooms
Assessment TLPL614 Assessing Mathematical Understanding
Assessment TLPL617 Understanding and Engaging Students' Conceptions of Mathematics
Research TLPL698 Conducting Research on Teaching

Registration Overview

  • See the sample plan of study, below. Each cohort’s 10-course sequence may vary. Students should use this as a guide to develop a plan with the academic program director. 
  • Actual course offerings are determined by the program and may vary. Students should note if a course has a pre-requisite or co-requisite.
  • Specific class meeting information (days and time) is posted on UMD’s interactive web service services, Testudo. Once on that site, select “Schedule of Classes,” then the term/year. Courses are listed by academic unit.
  • The program uses specific section codes for registration that are listed on the sample plan of study. 

Sample Plan

Semester Year Course Number USG In Person Section Code Credits
Fall 1 MATH487 PV** 3
Spring 1 TLPL612 PV** 3
Summer 1 TLPL613 PV** 3
Fall 2 MATH480 PV** 3
Fall 2 TLPL698 PV** 1
Spring 2 TLPL616 PV** 3
Spring 2 TLPL698 PV** 1
Summer 2 MATH481 PV** 3
Summer 2 TLPL698 PV** 1
Fall 3 TLPL610 PV** 3
Spring 3 TLPL615 PV** 3
Summer 3 TLPL614 PV** 3


  • Features a blend of in-person and online learning.
  • Instruction provided by UMD faculty and professionals in the field.
  • Uses the semester academic calendar with adjustments to align with local school district calendars. Classes held during fall and spring semester (15 weeks each) and Summer Session (6-week session beginning in May).

In-Person Instruction

  • Instructors present dynamic and interactive seminar-style instruction.
  • Classes are held in the evenings in The Universities at Shady Grove campus classrooms, offering a focused, distraction-free learning environment.
  • Students enrolled in a program that features in-person instruction are required to submit the University’s Immunization Record Form prior to the first day of their first semester/term. See Health Requirements.

Online Instruction

  • Using advanced audio and video technology, UMD’s online learning environment delivers dynamic and interactive content.
  • Featuring convenience and flexibility, online instruction permits asynchronous or synchronous participation.
  • Students attend lectures virtually (e.g., use of video technology, such as Zoom).
  • Online lectures (lecture, slides, presentation, and Q&A interactions) are recorded and video-archived for student review.

Admitted UMD Students

The University of Maryland offers this program at The Universities at Shady Grove. Upon successful completion, students earn a University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) degree.

As an admitted UMD graduate student, familiarize yourself with the information found in the grey box (top of this page, upper right-side.) Specifically, see Registration, Academic & Financial Deadlines, Graduation & Diplomas, and University Policies. With the exception of UMD Libraries, students attending programs at Shady Grove do not have access to most UMD Services & Resources as such access is linked to students who pay College Park mandatory fees.

In addition, all UMD students must complete the protocols found under Newly Admitted Students. See Activate Directory ID and UMD Email, Enroll in Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), and more. Completing these protocols is required to access course content and UMD systems (registration, financial, graduation).

Accessing Shady Grove Services and Resources

Students attending UMD programs at The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) are eligible to use USG services and resources which are accessed with a valid USG photo ID and an active USG Logon ID. This is in addition to activating the UMD directory ID, passphrase, and MFA.

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