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Elementary & Middle School Mathematics

The Elementary & Middle School Mathematics concentration is designed for the elementary and middle school classroom teacher who wants to improve instructional skills as well as expand knowledge and skills in mathematics.

Virginia teachers at the elementary or middle school level must possess a deep understanding of the mathematics they are teaching, an understanding of how it connects to higher levels of mathematics, and a skilful use of methods to guide students in the learning.

Well-prepared teacher leaders in a specialist's role can have a significant influence on strengthening content, pedagogical, and assessment knowledge of those classroom teachers who are inadequately prepared to deliver significant mathematics programs. They can also provide the professional development that is critical for improving instruction and student learning.

Applicants must hold a valid Collegiate Professional Teaching License or equivalent from another state and have taught for a minimum of two (2) years, which include teaching mathematics. Upon completion and three (3) years of teaching experience in which teaching mathematics was a critical role, one meets current eligibility requirements for the Postgraduate Professional License and an endorsement as a Math Specialist for Elementary and Middle School.

Development of the mathematics courses for this concentration is the result of a cooperative arrangement by the University of Virginia, the University of Mary Washington, James Madison University, Norfolk State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, George Mason University and Longwood University. A consortium agreement with these partner institutions has established these six jointly developed core mathematics courses as transferable across member institutions.



Newly admitted students are assigned the appropriate advisor. The assignment of the advisor generally is not changed unless the student changes his/her degree program. Prior to registration, students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding course selection and sequence, career goals, and relevant academic policies. Although the academic advisor assists students with curriculum decisions and options, the student bears full responsibility for meeting graduation requirements.


Program Requirements for Master's Degree

Core Requirements:  (9) Complete the following nine credits.

  • EDUC502 Research Design (3)
  • EDUC571 Foundations of Instruction and Learning Theory (3)
  • MAED625 Assessment in Mathematics (3)

Mathematics Requirements:  (24) Complete the following twenty-four credit hours and examination.

  • EDUC547 Instructional Media and Computer Technology in the Classroom (3)
  • MAED623 Instructional Design in Mathematics for Grades K-8 (3)
  • MAED650 Mathematics Specialist Leadership (3)
  • MATH651 Numbers and Operations for K-8 Teachers (3)
  • MATH653 Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning for K-8 Teachers (3)
  • MATH655 Functions and Algebra for Elementary School Teachers (3)
  • MATH657 Geometry and Measurement for Elementary School Teachers (3)
  • MATH659 Probability and Statistics for Elementary School Teachers (3)
  • EDUC699 Comprehensive Examination (0)



Program Coordinator

Dr. Maria Timmerman

Assistant Professor
Ruffner 340