Department of Math and Computer Science
Mathematics And Teaching at (formerly Hayward) CSUEB
A Master of Science Degree Program in Mathematics

CSU East Bay offers, M.A.T.H., a Master of Science degree program in Mathematics for current high school teachers who wish to extend their mathematical knowledge beyond the undergraduate level. This innovative program is responsive to the needs of high school teachers and is informed by current pedagogy and content standards. At the same time, this program is mathematically challenging and rigorous. The teacher who successfully completes M.A.T.H. will be mathematically reinvigorated and will have increased content knowledge in mathematics, broader knowledge of the math teaching resources available to them, familiarity with effective methods of using technology in the classroom, and knowledge of current content standards. The M.A.T.H. courses are also available to students not interested in pursuing a masters at this time. M.A.T.H. is designed for the professional development of high school teachers interested in learning more mathematics. M.A.T.H. is not appropriate for those interested in teaching at the community college level.

Department Admission Requirements This option is available only to holders of teaching credentials, unless special permission is obtained. To enter the program with Classified Graduate status, a student must have completed at least 24 units of acceptable upper division mathematics with a GPA of B or better. A student with course or grade point deficiencies may be admitted to the program with Conditionally Classified status.

Degree Requirements The following department requirements for the M.S. degree are in addition to the general University requirements.

Required Courses


  • Six M.A.T.H. core courses at 4 units each
  • Math 6015: Algebra for Teachers
  • Math 6025: Geometry for Teachers
  • Math 6035: Analysis for Teachers
  • Math 6045: Mathematics in the Sciences
  • Math 6055: Discrete Math
  • Math 6065: Connections in Mathematics


  • Two Teacher Education courses at 4 units each selected from
  • Ted 6010: Seminar in Teaching and Learning Mathematics
  • Ted 6021: Seminar in Diagnosis and Treatment of Learning Difficulties in Mathematics
  • Ted 6030: Seminar on Problem Solving and Critical Thinking in Mathematics
  • Ted 6040: Advanced Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics

3. 4 quarter units of upper division or graduate level statistics to be approved by the Math Graduate Coordinator.

4. 4-8 quarter units of upper division or graduate electives to be approved by the Math Graduate Coordinator.

5. Project 1-5 quarter units

M.A.T.H. Course Descriptions

Math 6015 Algebra for Teachers ( 4 ) Polynomials, groups, fields and rings from an advanced standpoint as they relate to the high school algebra curriculum. Also strategies to help secondary students develop their algebraic thinking skills will be presented and discussed.

Math 6025 Geometry for Teachers ( 4 ) Rigorous development of a non-Euclidean geometry, such as spherical, projective, or hyperbolic geometry. Models and technology will be used where appropriate. Furthermore, implementation strategies of teaching geometry will be discussed as well as the teaching of proof techniques for high school students.

Math 6035 Analysis for Teachers ( 4 ) A rigorous development of calculus. A study of the real line, functions, limits, continuity, differential and integral calculus. Technology will be used in order to develop an intuitive understanding of calculus which can be implemented in the high school classroom.

Math 6045 Mathematics in the Sciences ( 4 ) Mathematics as found throughout the sciences. This course will include a study of the mathematics used to model phenomena in Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics. Students will discover some of this mathematics through scientific experiments.

Math 6055 Discrete Math ( 4 ) Topics in discrete mathematics relating to the high school curriculum such as combinatorics, number theory, and graph theory.

Math 6065 Connections in Mathematics ( 4 ) Topics which illustrate connections between different fields and applications of mathematics such as neural networks, tomography, coding theory, symmetry groups, optimization theory, and applications found in differential equations or complex analysis.

Project All students are required to do a project in order to receive the M.S. degree in mathematics. This project may take many forms; including the design and implementation of new curricular materials, applying for and securing outside funding for a math based project, creating a math teaching resource site, writing and submitting a research paper for publication, or implementing an effective mathematical outreach program.

Financial Aid Financial aid (loans, grants, work-study) based on need is available through the university. Also, both the Department and the School of Science offer merit scholarships. A number of teaching assistantships are available each quarter to qualified graduate students. These positions involve teaching sections of some elementary (often remedial) mathematics courses. It is also possible to be paid as a reader for an undergraduate mathematics course.

For application contact:
Admissions Office
(510) 885 - 3680
For information contact:
Kevin Callahan (510) 885 - 3950
Kathy Hann
(510) 885 - 3887

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