STEM Education program

STEM Education, MA

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University of Colorado Denver

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The online Master of Arts in STEM Education with a concentration in mathematics education at CU Denver is designed for practicing teachers who want to advance their knowledge and become teacher leaders or curriculum experts in their districts. This degree incorporates relevant coursework, insightful research, and engaging pedagogy with a global perspective needed to work with diverse populations. 

Students in the program will benefit from working with faculty who have classroom experience in a range of school settings and who have implemented innovative solutions both nationally and internationally.


Program Details

The School of Education & Human Development is the largest graduate school of education in Colorado and has extensive partnerships with schools in the Denver area. Students interested in the MA in STEM Education with a concentration in mathematics education can tailor their degree. Contact an Enrollment Navigator to learn more.

Effective, knowledgeable and technology-savvy math teachers are in great demand right now. If you are a licensed teacher who wants to be actively engaged in the exciting endeavors of understanding and improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, then you've come to the right place! Our program draws students with strong academic capabilities and broad professional experiences. Your core coursework will include Mathematical Content Knowledge for Teaching, Assessment and Equity in Mathematics Education, and Research in Schools. Elective courses can encompass additional Mathematics Education courses, and/or other relevant courses related to STEM teaching and learning, such as science or instructional technology.

I really enjoy working with our MA students in science education. They bring experience, creativity, and a thirst for learning to the program. Their engagement and feedback continuously help the program become better.

Bud Talbot, Associate Professor

bud talbot associate professor university of colorado stem education

Tuition and Fees

Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at the University of Colorado is a high-quality and affordable option for learners of all types. Tuition and fees are based largely on the degree program you enroll in.

The tuition amount assessed is determined based on which University of Colorado campus, school, or college is offering your degree program, as well as if it is at the undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page for more information.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

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The program is designed for working educators. Therefore, time to completion will vary.


Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on the program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first-time student, a transfer student or an international student. 

Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting our Enrollment Team today.

Dennis DeBay Senior Instructor University of Colorado STEM Education

What I appreciate about getting to work in our MA in STEM Ed – Math program is our amazing students. They do an incredible job of taking conversations focused around understanding our students’ ways of reasoning and determining how to practically apply the work in our school internships.

Dennis DeBay, Senior instructor

Career Outlook

Graduates with this MA have a variety of career options, including:

  • Classroom teacher with enhanced credentials and skills
  • Reading or math specialist
  • Instructional coach
  • Curriculum developers
  • School administrators


Courses at CU Denver are offered three times a year — fall, spring, and summer. Not all courses are available every semester. In fall and spring, courses last 15 weeks, plus one week for finals. In summer, there are opportunities for shorter, more intensive courses. This is a big commitment, but we believe the extra time you spend dedicated to your studies pays off.