Master of Arts in Educational Mathematics Extends its Reach with Online Option
Posted Apr 04, 2022
By Catie Duzzny ’21, MBA ’23
Starting this summer, Otterbein students can choose to earn their Master of Arts in Educational Mathematics (MAEM) degree fully online.
The last two years have provided both challenges and, more importantly, growth opportunities. Through these opportunities, Otterbein faculty have been provided with the tools and training to teach mathematics both synchronously and asynchronously.
“The ability to share the quality of our MAEM program beyond a normal radius is exciting. The time and resources are right for welcoming new populations to our curriculum,” said Associate Professor Jeff Smith.
Otterbein University is the only institution in Ohio to offer this unique degree in mathematics, which is designed for working teachers. Many of Otterbein’s MAEM students are seeking opportunities to teach college-level math courses to high school students or to teach math at the community college level.
“For many practicing mathematics teachers, few options existed for an advanced degree that honors both their roots in education and in mathematics. Other universities offer a Master’s in Education that is somewhat generic and covers teaching and learning in a broad sense,” said Smith.
MAEM was tailored for those passionate about mathematics and who hold a strong desire to share the power of that passion with others.
Offering MAEM in a flexible format enables working math teachers to study with highly qualified professors from any location. The online option will make it possible for teachers in areas far from universities, including rural school districts or online schools, to earn a master’s degree.
“We are hoping that more math instructors will earn their MAEM from Otterbein, then take their experience and implement what they’ve learned into their own classes,” said Smith.