Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching

  • Department/School
  • Department of Teaching and Learning
  • Head of course
  • Magda Ramadan, Department of Education and Learning and Andrea Graf, Department of Innovative Technologies
  • Qualification awarded
  • Master of Arts SUPSI in Mathematics Secondary Education
  • Course type
  • Course running in parallel with professional working activity (126 ECTS over three years)
  • Admission
  • Since there is only a limited number of available places, admission to the course is regulated by a procedure.
  • Language
  • Italian
  • Application fee
  • A CHF 100 fee must be paid when the application is made. This fee is not reimbursable, and cannot be deducted from the semester fee.
  • Course fee
  • The semester fee amounts to CHF 1,600. This sum is reduced to CHF 800 for students who benefit from the application of the ASUP Intercantonal Agreement for Vocational Universities (Swiss nationality or civil and fiscal domicile in Switzerland or in Liechtenstein). Contribution to didactic costs: CHF 80.
  • Centre
  • Lugano and Locarno
  • Start date
  • 7 September 2020
  • Application deadline
  • 17 February 2020
  • Description
  • A profession dedicated to the cultural development of citizens. School is a place of cultural and social development, so, in addition to a strongly-based didactic and pedagogic education, teachers must also view the future in an open and interested manner, since they are in constant contact with the new generations, and with the challenges and the demands related to their development. The program leading to a Master in Secondary Teaching (Lower Secondary School or Scuola media) for UAS Engineers is structured along five main axes: disciplinary learning (Mathematics), education sciences, the didactics and epistemology of Mathematics, the diploma thesis and professional practice, the latter being the central point of the entire Master’s program. Strong focus is therefore placed on the interaction between theory and practice, with periodic professional practice assignments to be conducted one day a week in a pre-selected institution, designed in close synergy with the theoretical, application and experiential modules of the class-based part of the programme. The program trains students for teaching Mathematics in Lower secondary schools, which in Ticino corresponds to Scuola media. The standard duration is three years part-time. The reference professional profile is the Mathematics teacher of the Cantonal Scuola media.


 The programme focuses on the interaction between professional practice, theoretical and research modules in education, and is designed to build up a sound education based on the acquisition of an increasingly strong command of a fundamental set of didactic and educational tools. In accordance with a model of lifelong learning made necessary by the rapidly changing socio-economic and cultural circumstances, these tools will, of course, undergo constant and career-long improvement and revision by means of professional development training courses.


School is a place of learning in broadest sense of the term, and therefore not simply a place of knowledge in the narrow sense. The reference contents are the body of learning representing the cultural foundations of society. The professional figure of the teacher must therefore possess a variety of wide-ranging skills, so a teacher’s expertise must cover many fields: from socio-relational skills fostering the establishment of a profitable relationship with the pupils in order to facilitate the learning process, to professional skills associated with the link between knowledge and the didactic transfer of this knowledge.

Admission requirements

 In order to be admitted to the Master's program, the candidate shall have, before the program's starting date, a Bachelor certificate in the field of Engineering or Technical sciences awarded by a University of Applied Sciences (UAS) and one or more documents proving the achievement of at least 60 ECTS in Mathematics, Physics or related fields.

The candidate's academic education in Mathematics shall include the domains of basic Mathematics, Analysis and Linear algebra. Competences in these domains will be subject to examination during the admission procedure. Failure in this examination leads to the interruption of the admission procedure.

Students whose academic education in Mathematics, Physics or related fields is lower than 80 ECTS, must follow a complementary Mathematics education program that will lead, within the first year of the program, to achieve the minimum threshold of 80 ECTS. Details are provided in the Piano degli studi.

Candidates who are not Italian native-speakers must provide a certification of their language competence corresponding to at least the C2 level according to the European Reference Framework for Languages (ERFL). The Department of Education and Learning reserves the right to examine the language level of the candidates before their admission.

Career prospects

 Mathematics teacher in lower secondary education (scuola media).