Master of Arts in Educational Mathematics Curriculum

The MAEM Program is not accepting future applications at the moment and has paused offering admission.

The Master of Arts in Educational Mathematics program may be completed in two years, with substantial course work completed during the summer (see Projected Class Offerings for 2 Year Degree Completion for more information). Students also have the option to take these classes over a longer period of time, as needed. While most of the classes will be offered in a traditional format, some of the classes will be offered in a blended or web format. Classes also will be offered during the daytime and in the evening to accommodate the schedule of working teachers. Please note, the Master of Arts in Educational Mathematics program is NOT a license granting program.

Master of Arts in Educational Mathematics Program Completion Requirements

Build your program to 30 credits (all courses are 3 credits), following these guidelines:

MATHEMATICS from a MODERN VIEWPOINT (select at least two)
MATH 6110 Algebraic Structures for Mathematics Teachers
MATH 6120 Probability and Statistics for Mathematics Teachers
MATH 6140 Number Theory for Mathematics Teachers
MATH 6150 Advanced Geometry for Mathematics Teachers
MATH 6160 Advanced Calculus for Mathematics Teachers
MATH 6210 Great Theorems in Mathematics
MATH 6220 Discrete Mathematics for Mathematics Teachers
MATH 6230 Topology for Mathematics Teachers
MATH 6240 Dynamical Systems for Mathematics Teachers
MATH 6250 Game Theory for Mathematics Teachers
MATHEMATICAL PROCESSES (select at least two)
EDUC 6880 Problem Solving in Mathematics Education
EDUC 6881 Discourse in Mathematics Education
EDUC 6882 Representations in Mathematics Education
CAPSTONE (required)
EDUC 6885 Theory into Practice in Educational Mathematics
Comprehensive Exams
The Comprehensive Exam is a culminating assessment designed to measure a candidate’s knowledge and understanding of mathematics and mathematics education, based on their individual program of study in MAEM. During their final semester, candidates enroll in MATH 6300 (0 credits) to register for the exam.

The 18-in-15 Program

Are you a licensed AYA teacher who wants to teach College Credit Plus courses or at a community college? With Otterbein’s 18 in 15 Program, you can earn the 18 semester hours that you need* in only 15 months. Our educational mathematics classes are offered in the evenings and during the summer, providing practical information and experiences to apply in your classroom.

All courses are three credits and can be taken in any order – no prerequisites.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Master of Arts in Educational Mathematics Scholarships Available

The Master of Arts in Educational Mathematics program offers merit-based scholarships to top candidates when admitted. All MAEM candidates will be considered.

For consideration, the candidate must provide:

  • Documentation of acceptance to MAEM; or concurrent application to MAEM
  • Documentation of teaching employment in a Title I school or in a Type 7 or Type 8 school district (Ohio Department of Education, District Typology Index, January 2015;; or documentation of working with populations in developmental mathematics at the post-secondary level
  • Two letters of support, at least one from an individual in a supervisory position. Both letters should address:
    • the candidate’s expertise in teaching mathematics; and
    • the candidate’s capacity to perform at the graduate school level in mathematics.
  • A statement on post-program impact. Forecast and describe one of the following:
    • impact on career (for example: new short-term objectives, shifts in employment or specialization, continuing education, path to pursue long-term goals); or
    • impact on students (for example: meeting the needs of students / school / district, enrichment of opportunities, promotion of STEM teaching and learning).

    Deadline for Scholarship Applications:  August 17th

The Otterbein Advantage Scholarships

Otterbein University is proud to partner with employers throughout Ohio to offer scholarships and special educational benefits to employees of partner institutions and as well as to their spouses/partners and dependent children. To learn more about these scholarships and to find out if you are eligible, visit our Advantage Scholarships page.


For a complete list of tuition & fees, visit the Business Office for Students page.

Applying for Financial Aid at Otterbein

Here you will find all the information you need about how to apply for financial aid at Otterbein.

Otterbein is prepared to help you answer the question; how are you going to pay for your education? Graduate students are eligible for consideration for a variety of loans.

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (Otterbein’s School Code is 003110).
  2. Complete the Institutional Aid Form

There is NO COST to apply for financial aid or to complete the FAFSA.

Questions? Email Student Financial Services or call 614-823-1502.

Payment Options

In order to help you manage your graduate school expenses we offer a deferred payment plan and a 4 part payment plan. See the Business Office site for information about payment plans.


There is an additional fee for each Capstone hour. Please consult the Business Office (link) site for a complete list of fees. Tuition waivers may not be used to cover the additional Capstone fee.

Tuition Waivers

Teachers in schools with student teaching and field experience agreements with Otterbein University may qualify for tuition waiver certificates. Otterbein University provides these waivers to districts or independent schools in return for their provision of field placements for Otterbein students. However, Otterbein University has no control over the distribution of the waivers to teachers, which is determined by each district/school. The following provisions and conditions apply:

  • Tuition waiver certificates may be assigned by the proper school officials to school employees admitted to graduate study at Otterbein University. Admission to graduate study is solely at the option of the University. There is no obligation on the part of the institution to admit students because of this agreement who would not otherwise meet graduate study admission requirements.
  • Students may use multiple fee waivers within a semester; however, the number of fee waiver credits may not exceed the number of course credits taken.
  • Teachers paying tuition with tuition waiver certificates from their schools must submit a valid waiver certificate at the time of registration or make other arrangements with the Business office. Otterbein University has the right to refuse acceptance of an “expired” fee waiver.
  • Tuition waivers do not cover the costs of special fees for testing, Capstone hours, or computer labs.

How to Apply

Get Started on your MA in Educational Mathematics

Rolling admission for the Master of Arts in Educational Mathematics allows applications to the program any term.

Requirements for Admission

In order to be admitted into the Master of Arts in Educational Mathematics, applicants must have an AYA licensure in Integrated Mathematics or be a math educator holding a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or a closely related area from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants must also have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

How to Apply to the MAEM Program

  1. Complete the online application. The application fee is $40.(The application is available through the Otterbein University Graduate School website. Click here to start your application.)
  2. Submit Official transcripts for all previous college and/or university work
  3. Submit two recommendation forms (use this form)
  4. Submit a personal statement
  5. Submit a professional resume

Once all materials are received your file will be sent to the Admission Committee for review. We know you are eager to know the decision, so we complete this process as quickly as possible to notify you of the admissions decision. Typically this will take about one week from the time your file is received by the Admissions Committee. If you have any questions about our Master of Arts in Educational Mathematics program, please email

Student Learning Outcomes University Learning Goals (KMERI*)
1. Candidates will demonstrate mathematical expertise through  problem-solving and proofs. Knowledgeable
2. Candidates will create and employ multiple representations in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Multi-literate
3. Candidates will integrate sociocultural perspectives into their classrooms, grounded in historical and contemporary mathematics. Engaged
4. Candidates will debate the ethical challenges of educational research in mathematics classrooms. Responsible
5. Candidates will investigate issues and trends in the theory and practice of educational mathematics. Inquisitive

*NOTE: KMERI refers to Otterbein's learning goals. It stands for KnowledgeableMulti-literateEngagedResponsible, and Inquisitive. To learn more about KMERI, visit our University Learning Goals page.