# Graduate Degree Programs

### The Department of Education and Special Education houses a Master's of Science degree in Education with several concentrations. For more information about all graduate programs, visit the College of Graduate and Professional Studies site.

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

Virginia teachers at the middle school levels 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.

Applicants must hold a valid Collegiate Professional Teaching License or equivalent from another state.

Development of the mathematics courses for this program is the result of a cooperative arrangement by the University of Virginia, College of William and Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University and Longwood University.

## Program Requirements for Master's of Science in Education Degree with Concentration in Algebra & Middle School Mathematics

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

- EDUC 502 Research Design (3)
- EDUC 571 Foundations of Instruction and Learning Theory (3)
- MAED 625 Assessment in Mathematics (3)

*Mathematics Requirements: (27) Complete the following twenty-seven credits and examination.*

- MAED 623 Instructional Design in Mathematics for Grades K-8 (3)
- MATH 671 College Algebra for Middle School Teachers (3)
- MATH 672 Discrete Mathematics for Middle School Teachers (3)
- MATH 673 Trigonometry and Algebra for Middle School Teachers (3)
- MATH 674 Mathematical Programming for Middle School Teachers (3)
- MATH 675 Linear Algebra for Middle School Teachers (3)
- MATH 677 Euclidean Geometry for Middle School Teachers (3)
- MATH 678 Calculus for Middle School Teachers (3)
- MATH 679 Probability and Statistics for Middle School Teachers (3)
- EDUC 699 Comprehensive Examination (0)

**TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED: 36**

### Program Coordinator: Dr. Sharon S. Emerson-Stonnell

Professor of Mathematics

Ruffner 333

434-395-2197

emersonstonnellss@longwood.edu

### 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.

## Program Requirements for Master's of Science in Education Degree with Concentration in Elementary & Middle School Mathematics

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

- EDUC 502 Research Design (3)
- EDUC 571 Foundations of Instruction and Learning Theory (3)
- MAED 625 Assessment in Mathematics (3)

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

- EDUC 547 Instructional Media and Computer Technology in the Classroom (3)
- MAED 623 Instructional Design in Mathematics for Grades K-8 (3)
- MAED 650 Mathematics Specialist Leadership (3)
- MATH 651 Numbers and Operations for K-8 Teachers (3)
- MATH 653 Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning for K-8 Teachers (3)
- MATH 655 Functions and Algebra for Elementary School Teachers (3)
- MATH 657 Geometry and Measurement for Elementary School Teachers (3)
- MATH 659 Probability and Statistics for Elementary School Teachers (3)
- EDUC 699 Comprehensive Examination (0)

**TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED: 33**

### Program Coordinator: Dr. Maria Timmerman

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education

Ruffner 340

434-395-2890

timmermanma@longwood.edu