If you have a bachelor's degree in mathematics or closely related field and want to teach math to students in grades seven through twelve, the School of Education offers an M.Ed. in Education that leads towards teacher licensure in secondary mathematics. In this program, you can become a licensed teacher in approximately 15 months through our accelerated program.
Apply online or download an application.
Deadline: Applications must be posted by February 1.
Tips for a successful application
Follow all instructions in the application materials. The Self-Managed Application Checklist is a helpful guide. Also, keep in mind the following tips
- Degree-seeking status. You are applying as a degree-seeking student.
- Transcripts. You must send official transcripts in sealed envelopes (or have them sent directly to ISU at the address below) from each institution you previously attended.
- Letters of recommendation. You must send three letters of recommendation. Choose recommenders who can comment on your potential to become a good mathematics teacher. This might include former professors, employers, or others who know you well but are not related to you.
- GRE. You must take your GRE and have the testing agency send us your scores. Minimum required scores are: 146 for Verbal and 144 for Quantitative.
- Cover letter. Include a cover letter (roughly 2 pages long) with your application that describes your career history and goals, as well as your interest in our graduate licensure program.
- Fee. There is a $25 application fee for applying online. You save $5 by downloading the application and applying on paper. (Previous ISU students do not pay an application fee but must apply on paper).
- Major/degree designation. On your application, the desired major is Curriculum and Instruction, and the desired graduate degree is M.Ed.
- Entrance date. On your application, the planned entrance date should be Summer Session.
- Assistantship. Regarding question #13 on the application, if you are interested in being considered for a teaching or research assistantship, check yes on the application (and put both, if you would like to be considered for both). However, assistantships are relatively rare in Curriculum and Instruction. If you would like to pursue the possibility of a teaching assistantship in the mathematics department, you should contact them directly.
- Past activities. Regarding question #15, you do not need to give detailed descriptions of past activities. You have room for this in the cover letter if this information is relevant. Simply list your past employment or education-related activities here.
You can upload all of your materials to your online graduate application or send them to:
Robyn Goldy, Graduate Program Coordinator
School of Education
1620F Lagomarcino Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011