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Mathematics Specialist (PK-8) Endorsement Program

The Math Specialists' Program prepares in-service teachers to be mathematics leaders who support PreK-8 teachers, students, and administrators to increase mathematics achievement. The primary focus of the MSP is to deepen candidate's mathematics knowledge for teaching and to recognize mathematics as a coherent and connected body of knowledge. There are two paths for candidates: a) PK-8 Mathematics Specialist Endorsement only and b) M.S. in Education with PK-8 Mathematics Specialist Endorsement  

Program requirements

Mathematics Specialist (PK-8) Endorsement Only Program (21 Hours, non-degree)

This program leads to a Mathematics Specialist (PK-8) endorsement for individuals with a current Virginia license and a master's degree related to teaching elementary or middle school mathematics. This program is offered in partnership with the College of Sciences Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Admission

Candidates must:

  • Have 3 years of successful classroom experience in teaching mathematics.
  • Hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited college/university.
  • Hold the Virginia Collegiate Professional License or an equivalent license from another state.
  • Have an undergraduate grade point average of 2.80 and an average of 3.00 in the major.
  • Submit an application for the Mathematics Specialist Program.

Performance in classes taken as a non-degree student will not be taken into consideration in the admission process. Under certain circumstances, applicants who do not fully meet the requirements for regular admission to the program may be admitted on a provisional basis subject to conditions specified by the graduate program coordinator.

Continuance

Candidates must maintain a grade point average of 3.00.

Curriculum

A minimum of 21 semester hours are required for the endorsement program:

Mathematics Content Courses (15 Hours):

MAPD 601:

Number and Operations for PK-8 Mathematics Specialists

3

MAPD 602:

Geometry and Measurement for PK-8 Mathematics Specialists

3

MAPD 603:

Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning for PK-8 Mathematics Specialists

3

MAPD 604:

Probability and Statistics for PK-8 Mathematics Specialists

3

MAPD 605:

Algebra and Functions for PK-8 Mathematics Specialists

3

Education Content Courses (6 Hours)

STEM 661:

Mathematics Specialists as Teacher Leaders

3

STEM 668:

Internship for Mathematics Specialist

3

                                                                                                   Total Hours      

21

 

 Exit

Candidates must:

  • Have a 3.00 grade point average.
  • Have completed all course requirements.
  • Have completed a professional learning portfolio.
  • Submit an application for graduation.

 

 

Master of Science in Education with the Mathematics Specialist (PK-8) Endorsement (33 Hours)

This program leads to a Mathematics Specialist (PK-8) endorsement for individuals with a current Virginia license and a bachelor's degree related to teaching elementary or middle school mathematics. This program is offered in partnership with the College of Sciences Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Admission

Candidates must:

  • Have 3 years of successful classroom experience in teaching mathematics.
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university/
  • Hold the Virginia Collegiate Professional License or an equivalent license from another state.
  • Have an undergraduate grade point average of 2.80 and an average of 3.00 in the major.
  • Achieve a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test.
  • Submit applications for the M.S. Education Graduate Program and the Mathematics Specialist Program.

Performance in classes taken as a non-degree student will not be taken into consideration in the admission process. Under certain circumstances, applicants who do not fully meet the requirements for regular admission to the program may be admitted on a provisional basis subject to conditions specified by the graduate program coordinator.

Continuance

Candidates must maintain a grade point average of 3.00.

Curriculum

A minimum of 33 semester hours are required. The courses for completion of the Master's program are:

Mathematics Content Courses (15 Hours): 

MAPD 601:

Number and Operations for PK-8 Mathematics Specialists

3

MAPD 602:

Geometry and Measurement for PK-8 Mathematics Specialists

3

MAPD 603:

Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning for PK-8 Mathematics Specialists

3

MAPD 604:

Probability and Statistics for PK-8 Mathematics Specialists

3

MAPD 605:

Algebra and Functions for PK-8 Mathematics Specialists

3

Education Content Courses (15 Hours)

STEM 661:

Mathematics Specialists as Teacher Leaders

3

STEM 668:

Internship for Mathematics Specialist

3

STEM 651:

Differentiation of Mathematics Instruction for Diverse Learners

3

STEM 660:

Practitioner Research in Mathematics Education

3

STEM 662:

Mathematics Assessment and Data Driven Decisions

3

Electives (3 Hours)

Selected by student and approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator

3

                                                                                                   Total Hours      

33

 

Exit

Candidates must:

  • Have a 3.00 grade point average.
  • Have completed all course requirements.
  • Have completed a professional learning portfolio.
  • Submit an application for graduation.

For more information about Mathematics Specialist program contact:

Dr. Melva Grant
Mathematics Specialist Graduate Program Coordinator
STEM Education & Professional Studies Department
Education Building 228
757-683-4305
mgrant@odu.edu

Dr. Cindy Tomovic
Department Graduate Program Director
STEM Education & Professional Studies Department
Education Building 228
757-683-4305
ctomovic@odu.edu