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Education (Mathematics Teaching) (MA)

Course Description

The main objective of the course is to develop future leaders in primary mathematics who will champion mathematics across the primary age range.

Potential students do not need a background in mathematics to join this course. The course will enable you to develop deep subject and pedagogical knowledge within key themed areas of primary mathematics. There will also be scope to develop the teaching of mathematics into Key Stage 3. This course replaces the successful MaST course here at the University of Reading. The course enables primary teachers to gain cutting-edge knowledge of a government priority area in primary education. Participants will leave the course with a deeper insight into the complex nature of the teaching and learning of primary mathematics.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/education-pg/ma-education-mathematics-teaching.aspx

What will you study?

- Improving Primary Mathematics
- Leading Primary Mathematics

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

What career can you have?

In addition to the many masters' and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with well over 90 per cent of our NQTs finding a teaching job last year.

With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our masters' and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.


We are one of the leading providers of teacher training in the UK.

Our Institute of Education is committed to providing quality postgraduate courses for teachers to enable them to meet their personal career aspirations and to have a direct positive impact on the lives of the children and young people in their care.

We have a flexible range of courses to suit your interests. As well as our teacher training courses, you can also study for a Master’s in Education or choose one of our pathways, which will give you a more specialised qualification.

We also have excellent partnership arrangements with over 300 local schools. These partnerships ensure that we can offer first-rate placement opportunities to our students, many of which lead to roles once they graduate.

Our work extends around the globe with consultancy work and other projects taking us to countries as varied as China, Jamaica, USA and Singapore to name but a few. We also have a wonderfully varied community of international students from over 100 countries, taking short courses, master’s degrees and PhDs with us.

Visit the Education (Mathematics Teaching) (MA) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Apart from the standard University entry requirements, we normally expect students to have a professional background in education with experience of teaching. Ideally we would like students to have had at least two years' experience of teaching but will consider applications from good students with less experience. If you have a slightly lower degree qualification than usual, this can be compensated for by good teaching experience.

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