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Masters and Credential in Science and Mathematics Education

This section is only for students who started their program in Summer/Fall 2017 or before. Students who will be starting in Summer 2018 will follow the BE3 program structure.

Faculty and students in the Masters and Credential in Science and Mathematics Education (MACSME) program operate on the fundamental belief that learning is best achieved when:

students build understanding by engaging with interesting and challenging content;

teachers support student learning with an “experimental attitude” toward teaching that is grounded in theory and open to ongoing refinement; and

such refinement is guided by reflective assessment of student and teacher performance.

The themes of equity and access are fundamental to MACSME and are woven throughout the curriculum.

MACSME is designed for talented individuals with solid preparation in mathematics or science who are dedicated to the improvement of mathematics and science education at the secondary level.

MACSME Supplemental Application Requirements

The MACSME admissions committee has two supplemental application requirements, due no later than Friday January 6 (please note that the regular application to the GSE must be submitted by Friday December 16):

  1. On a separate document, respond to the following questions: What is your definition of equity, and how do you think it will influence you as a teacher? Describe and analyze a situation that involved a dilemma related to equity, and how you worked to address it. (Limit: two page response.)
  2. Video: Submit a link to 1 to 4 minute video (shared from google drive or uploaded to a video sharing website) of yourself explaining or teaching something that is important to you.

Submissions for the MACSME Supplemental Application can be uploaded along with your GSE application, or can be sent directly to

Focus of Study

We balance educational research experiences, classes in educational theory, classes in teaching, and direct teaching experience to prepare candidates for exemplary careers in math or science education.

Graduates of the program will have a thorough understanding of the subject matter they will teach, knowledge of fundamental educational principles, and strong skills in the practice of teaching.

Program Structure

The program includes a progression of student teaching experiences in local schools and concurrent course work at Berkeley. In the first year, MACSME students work in a variety of settings, gradually moving from working with individuals and small groups to whole-class instruction. In the second year, MACSME students teach one class on their own with support from the regular teacher, and observe and assist in a second class, plus a placement in an alternative setting (ESL, Project-based, etc.)

MACSME is unique in that intending teachers join faculty research groups and take theory courses together with Ph.D. students, gaining research experience while learning the fine craft of teaching. MACSME graduates have consistently taken leadership positions in education.

Entrance Requirements

Strong candidates have:

a solid academic background in math or science with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher;

experience working with youth in educational settings, especially working with culturally diverse groups;

the personal characteristics of being flexible, organized, articulate, and confident;

a strong interest in teaching;

taken the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET); and

taken the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).

Type of Program

MACSME is a two-year graduate program leading to a combined Master of Arts degree in education and a preliminary California Single-Subject Credential for teaching either science or mathematics at the secondary level.


MACSME graduates are in great demand in the job market. Typically, graduates have their choice of multiple job offers.

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