Mathematics education is an integral part of the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University.

The main objective of mathematics education is to develop educators with an understanding of mathematics and its teaching and learning, and with the capabilities for research and professional practice in the field.

Master's Programs

Our Master of Education and Master of Science Secondary Mathematics Education program is designed to help teachers develop insights into the nature of mathematics and its place in the school curriculum.

The program stresses the human aspects of mathematics. We emphasize the role of mathematics in society and the natural development of mathematics as a growing, changing, entity. Developments in the school mathematics curriculum, and in pedagogy, will be related to historical, cultural, and psychological forces operating within society. The goal is to produce teachers who have a broad understanding of mathematics and mathematics education, and who will be qualified to deal with rapid curriculum change in the next several decades. To this end, the Faculty of Education and the Department of Mathematics have collaborated to develop six courses specifically for secondary mathematics teachers.

Our Curriculum & Instruction: Numeracy M.Ed. program is a two year program designed for elementary and middle school teachers who wish to: examine multiple perspectives on teaching and learning of mathematics, explore interconnection between mathematic and numeracy, and to enhance their own personal problem solving skills.

This M.Ed. program is designed around the definition of numeracy as 'mathematics in action.' As such, the program is designed on the principle that mathematics is best learned, and hence, best taught through an emphasis on 'doing' mathematics.

This cohort-based program extends over six terms. The Master of Education degree in Numeracy is awarded following the successful completion of a series of six courses and a culminating Comprehensive Examination. Our C&I: Numeracy M.Ed., Fall 2018 cohort is now accepting applications.

Doctoral Program

Our Mathematics Education PhD program is for those interested in becoming scholars and leaders in Mathematics Education. Prior knowledge of Mathematics and issues relating to teaching and learning Mathematics is required.

Connect here to program website for additional information.

Meet a Mathematics Education Graduate Student:

  • Gaya Jayakody Mathematics Education PhD student and future mathematics teacher educator.

Mathematics Education Faculty

Academic Coordinator: Mathematics Education PhD

Teaching Faculty

Research Projects

Pre-service Teachers of Mathematics and Computer-Enhanced Mathematics Learning Environments (Campbell)

Mathematics Educational Neuroscience Laboratory (Campbell)

Educational Neuroscience: Applying New Tools and Methods to Educational Research (Campbell)

The Professional Development of Mathematics Teachers: An in-Depth Look at the Centrality of Beliefs (Liljedahl)



Gestural Communication in the Mathematics Classroom (Sinclair)

Tangible Mathematics Learning (CRC/CFI) (Sinclair)

TouchCounts (Sinclair)

Using Dynamic Geometry Software to Develop Powerful Thinking in K-5 (Sinclair)



Teachers' Knowledge and Practice: Focus on Secondary Mathematics (Zazkis)

Decoding mathematical proofs: Actor-oriented approach (Zazkis)

Mathematical knowledge of prospective elementary school teachers: A focus on examples (Zazkis)

Reducing abstraction in teaching mathematics (Zazkis)

Advanced Subject Matter Knowledge in teaching Secondary Mathematics (Zazkis)

The discursive perspective on reconstruction of knowledge by preservice elementary school teachers (Zazkis)

Relearning mathematics: The reconstruction of knowledge by preservice elementary school teachers (Zazkis)

Irrational Numbers: Investigation of understanding of students and teachers (Zazkis)

Learning number theory: Exploring the web of students’ links (Zazkis)