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 Curriculum & Instruction: Innovations in Mathematics Education MEd program is a community based program delivered face-to-face in various cities in BC and Western Canada. It is currently being offered in Kelowna and will be offered in Whitehorse starting September 2022. It is designed for elementary and middle school teachers who wish to explore innovations in mathematics education, examine multiple perspectives on teaching and learning of mathematics, and enhance their own teaching of mathematics. Students will learn the latest research and innovations in mathematics education. Through guided methodologies they will also be scaffolded in the implementation of this research and innovations into their practice. 

This program is aimed at K-12 teachers of mathematics who are looking to bring their teaching into alignment with the latest research and innovations in mathematics education.

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.

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.

Mathematics Education Community

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Students and Alumni Experience

Mathematics Education (PhD)

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)