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Secondary Mathematics Education

Master of Science

The master of science (MSc) degree signifies advanced knowledge in a field of specialization and advanced competence in conducting significant and original research in education. This cohort program, leading to the MSc degree in the teaching of secondary school mathematics, is offered jointly by the Faculty of Education and the Department of Mathematics.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. In exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not meet these requirements may be considered if superior scholarly or professional achievement is demonstrated.

Admission is granted to a specific degree and to a particular program or specialization. Application information is available from the Faculty of Education.

Program Requirements

This program consists of courses and a thesis for a minimum of 38 units.

Students must complete

EDUC 844 - Issues in Mathematics Education (5)

An examination of critical issues, current research, and practices in mathematics education.

EDUC 845 - Learning Mathematics with Computers (5)

Experience in incorporating computers in mathematical problem solving, adaptation of materials for use in mathematics classroom.

EDUC 846 - Foundations of Mathematics Education (5)

An examination of historical, cultural, and psychological forces shaping the secondary school mathematics curriculum. Current developments in mathematics curriculum and in mathematics education research.

EDUC 847 - Teaching and Learning Mathematics (5)

The theory and practice of mathematics teaching at the secondary level. Emphasis on the nature of the learner and the function of the teacher.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 Peter Liljedahl
Tu 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
SECB 1013, Burnaby
MATH 603 - Foundations of Mathematics (4)

Crises in mathematics, their historical and philosophical background and their resolution. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MSc program in mathematics education or permission of the department. Graduate students in the Department of Mathematics cannot take this course to satisfy their degree requirements.

MATH 604 - Geometry (4)

Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries. Klein's erlangen program. Prerequisite: Entrance into the MSc in mathematics education program or permission of the department. Graduate students in the Department of Mathematics cannot take this course to satisfy their degree requirements.

and a thesis

EDUC 898 - Master's Thesis (10)

The thesis is a research investigation designed to generate and/or examine critically new knowledge in the theory and/or practice of education. The thesis should normally be completed and approved in three terms.


Normally, before the fifth course, a master's thesis research plan is presented to the tenured or tenure track member of the faculty whom the student proposes to be senior supervisor. The senior supervisor and at least one other faculty member chosen in consultation with the senior supervisor constitutes the supervisory committee. The master's thesis is examined as prescribed in Graduate General Regulations 1.9 and 1.10.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements within nine terms.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.