Mathematics for the Middle Grades (4-8) (MA)

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Northern Iowa offers a Master of Arts program in Mathematics for the Middle Grades. The purpose of the program is to develop highly-trained, knowledgeable teachers of mathematics at the middle grades level (grades 4-8) who possess the ability, insight, confidence and commitment to implement mathematics programs as envisioned by the NCTM Standards.

Program highlights

Built around a core foundation of strategies

  • Teaching and learning mathematics
  • Implementing programs
  • Understanding school mathematics goals
  • Providing leadership in bringing about change

Visit the UNI Mathematics website to learn more about the program.

Qualifications and selection

You are expected to be certified and have experience teaching mathematics. A commitment to change, a willingness to incorporate new activities and approaches in the classroom, involvement in professional growth opportunities and administrative support for district leadership are considered in the selection process. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission into the program.

Convenient course delivery

Fall and spring courses in this program are offered online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. Summer sessions include two weeks of in-person instruction at UNI, set on a beautiful 900-acre campus. Students who desire housing on the UNI campus may make arrangements with the UNI Department of Residence. For information and to reserve a room, visit or contact David Schmid, UNI Department of Residence, at 319-273-2333 or 866-207-9411.

Student achievement

Congratulations to Karla Digmann, graduate from our 2003 cohort, for receiving the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, a recognition bestowed on only 97 teachers nationally!

"I really need to give the UNI program credit for much of my success. I grew so much as a teacher during my master's program. All the classes gave me something to really think about and try in my classroom. It really helped develop my teaching." -Karla Digmann