Elevate Your Mathematical Journey: Active Learning, Personalized Goals, and a Collaborative Community.

Our mathematics graduate courses feature active learning and discovery, both for mathematical content as well as pedagogical ideas and technology. Classes are small and meet the personalized goals of our graduate students. Our program fosters community so that our graduate students have peers they can collaborate with during and beyond the program. We practice how to create tasks and set up classrooms to invite K-12 students to explore mathematics, as well as dive deeper into the mathematical knowledge of teaching. Many classes are held on Zoom which allows for community and collaboration while giving the flexibility of location.

We offer the following program options:

Program Highlights

  • Flexible schedule for working teachers
  • Reliable and consistent advising throughout program
  • Initial and professional licensure options available
  • Attend during the fall, spring, and summer sessions

Embark on a dynamic journey in mathematics education at Westfield State!

Our graduate courses prioritize active learning, fostering a collaborative community for personalized growth.

Continuous Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education program approval and national accreditation for many years

  • Two students in a classroom talking holding paper assignments

    Join a network that supports professional growth.

    Stay connected even after graduation! Our graduates foster lasting collaborations with WSU faculty, cultivating a supportive network that often paves the way for exciting future opportunities, including student teacher placements, collaborative projects, grants, and more.

  • Student wearing black sweatshirt and pink shirt writing math formulas on chalkboard.

    Relevant and career focused curriculum.

    Program content is built around graduate student needs. Ideas that are developed during class will be applied in a K-12 classroom (if appropriate) and continuously refined.

  • Student in pink shirt with glasses cutting paper in math classroom.

    Our program and faculty are committed to culturally responsive teaching.

    Our program is aligned with DESE's initiatives that include promoting diversity as well as equitable student access and outcomes. Professors care deeply about teaching and culturally sustaining pedagogy. Students will learn how to practice these initiatives in their career.

The flexibility and availability of night classes meant that the program would fit into both my profession and family life.

Math student wearing striped polo shirt and glasses sitting at a desk with Mac computer

Nate Paquette, '23 

Advance your career with a mathematics teaching license

Mathematics licensure prepares candidates for positions as:

  • Math teacher
  • Math tutor
  • Math specialist
  • Math coach
Math instructor in front of chalkboard wearing tie, black shirt, and glasses.

We build a community of leaders.

We offer high-quality academics, unique learning opportunities, and a gorgeous campus—and we have small classes, accessible faculty, and one-on-one support. 

You’ll join fellow motivated students ready to make the most of the graduate education experience through active participation. Become part of a caring and committed community that understands and embraces the bridge between academic study and civic responsibility.

  • Longstanding

    relationships and collaboration with area schools

  • Faculty

    bring their experience as teachers to the classroom

  • Responsive

    to and collaborative with DESE regulations and initiatives

Accessible faculty and personalized attention

As a mathematics student at Westfield State University, you’ll benefit from the expertise of our faculty. You will receive one-on-one, specialized attention to help you succeed and meet your academic and professional preparation goals. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to work and study alongside your professors, giving you a unique first-hand learning experience. 

Contact Us

Christine von Renesse
Professor of Mathematics & Advisor
Wilson Hall 326H

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the application requirements?

Prospective students should access the graduate application online at connect.westfield.ma.edu/apply/

The following material must be received for an application to be reviewed:

  • Completed graduate application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended indicating a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. 
  • Three professional letters of recommendation. At least one academic recommendation is suggested. 
  • Narrative statement about your professional goals, academic experience, work experience, and other factors such as academic achievements not reflected in transcripts that support your application. 
  • For Initial Licensure students: a copy of official Communication and Literacy, Reading & Writing subtest MTEL scores or approved alternative as outlined by DESE
  • For Professional Licensure applicants only: a copy of
    your Massachusetts teacher’s license
How long will it take me to complete the master’s degree?

This varies, most students take two to three years to complete depending on how many courses are taken a semester.

When are the courses offered and is there flexibility?

Courses are offered in the late afternoon to early evening during fall, spring, and summer sessions. Math courses are offered remote synchronously, and education course modality may vary.

For the initial licensure program will I need to take any time off to complete the practica?

Working teachers can complete practica while maintaining their teaching positions. For students who are not working as teachers day-time availability is needed to complete this requirement.

What if I want to accelerate or slow down for a personal need?

This is possible with the advisement from the math advisor.

Can I take a course without enrolling into the program?

Yes, students can take up to two courses (six credits) non-matriculated prior to matriculating into the program. Financial aid is not available for non-matriculated courses and cost can be found on our tuition and fees page. If you are interested in taking non-matriculated courses please contact the Registrar at registrar@westfield.ma.edu or 413-579-3200 for assistance.

For students interested in taking more than six credits non-matriculated and will not be applying the credits to a degree additional credits may be taken by completing the professional development waiver.

Do you offer graduate assistantships?

Yes, a limited number of graduate assistantships are available each year for graduate students. These opportunities are competitive and are awarded to students with excellent academic records who are enrolled in a graduate degree program.

This valuable opportunity can enhance your academic journey and provide valuable experience. Don't miss out on the chance to be part of this enriching program!

Learn more about graduate assistantships 

Is graduate housing available?

Discover graduate living at Welch Hall Apartments – your gateway to a vibrant community and tailored amenities. Choose from four-person apartments featuring single and premium single rooms, all inclusive of utilities and internet. Make connections by signing up as a group or embark on an individual adventure with like-minded roommates. Revel in the comfort of fully furnished apartments, boasting a well-equipped kitchen with a breakfast bar, cozy bathrooms, and inviting shared living spaces.

Your convenience is our priority – enjoy free laundry facilities on campus and parking at an affordable rate. Immerse yourself in academic pursuits with easy access to the campus library or prioritize your well-being at our fitness centers.

Whether you prefer cooking with your roommates or opting for a meal plan, relish access to an array of campus dining options, including late-night and takeaway choices. Elevate your graduate experience with Welch Hall Apartments – where living meets exceptional comfort and convenience.

For more information contact housing@westfield.ma.edu or 413-572-5402.

Will I receive academic support?

Yes, students have a dedicated advisor – your compass through class choices and beyond. Beyond academics, your advisor becomes a mentor, guiding you on further education and career paths. We're not just about classes; we connect you to resources like the Banacos Center and the Reading & Writing Center. At every step, we're here to ensure your success is our priority.

Request Information

Ready to get started? Take the next step to advance your career today!


Mathematics, M.Ed.