Mathematics: Secondary Teaching Emphasis (MA)

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Northern Iowa offers a program leading to a Master of Arts in Mathematics: Secondary Teaching Emphasis. The purpose of the program is two-fold — to strengthen and extend the understanding of mathematics and to enhance teaching methods and strategies for secondary educators.

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

Qualifications and selection

You are expected to have experience teaching mathematics and be certified for the Secondary Teaching program. 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.

What students are saying

"UNI's graduate program had a strong, positive influence on me as a teacher. The courses helped me step out of the day-to-day routine of the classroom and really evaluate the choices I was making as a teacher. My focus changed to be more about making the students think, explain and learn from their mistakes. Forming connections with colleagues throughout the state was another great benefit." -Allysen Lovstuen, program graduate, Iowa finalist of the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and recipient of UNI's 2013 Yager Exemplary Teaching Award

"The program has influenced every aspect of how mathematics is viewed by my students and me...It has moved my teaching practice to one that strives for deeper understanding of mathematical concepts, high student expectations, and causes me to enjoy teaching more."