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Mathematics Specialist (PK-8) Endorsement (Education, M.S.Ed.)

This non-degree graduate program prepares you for VA Mathematics Specialist (MSP) endorsement. Your Virginia license and mathematics endorsements determine K-5 or K-8 MSP eligibility. This program is offered in partnership with the College of Sciences, Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Mathematics Specialist (PK-8) Endorsement (Education, M.S.Ed.)


Description


What is Mathematics Specialist (PK-8) Endorsement at ODU like?

This non-degree graduate program prepares you for VA Mathematics Specialist (MSP) endorsement. Your Virginia license and mathematics endorsements determine K-5 or K-8 MSP eligibility. This program is offered in partnership with the College of Sciences, Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Program Highlights


What makes Mathematics Specialist (PK-8) Endorsement at ODU unique?

  • Program is designed for teachers with a strong interest in teacher leadership and mathematics and at least three years of successful teaching.

  • Program has a strong emphasis on studying K-8 mathematics to improve mathematical understanding and making connections within and across grade levels.

  • Program affords learner–centric “doing” and teaching of mathematics to develop pedagogical and andragogical approaches for facilitating learning.

  • Program develops teacher leaders who value diverse learners and support their ways of knowing by using equitable approaches that utilize the mathematics process and practice standards to reach ALL learners.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

$57,110

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach elemental natural and social science, personal hygiene, music, art, and literature to kindergarten students. Promote physical, mental, and social development. May be required to hold State certification.

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

$60,830

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.

Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$61,040

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Mathematics Specialist (PK-8) Endorsement at ODU?

MAPD 601:
Number and Operations for PK-8 Mathematics Specialists


This course will meet the requirements of students in the Master of Science in Education: PK-8 Mathematics Specialist Endorsement Program, and cannot be used for credit toward any degree offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The course introduces students to a number of topics in PK-8 mathematics and related pedagogical methods. Acknowledging that learning with understanding occurs through a process of establishing a solid knowledge base upon which to build, students will explore the many and varied ways in which PK-8 students may develop number sense. The focus will be upon the development of best practices for teaching mathematics. This requires that the student have knowledge of the content, use a variety of pedagogical approaches, and be able to select and utilize appropriate manipulatives and technological resources that will foster PK-8 student understanding.

TLED 650:
Mathematics Specialists as Teacher Leaders


The critical characteristics and responsibilities of Mathematics Specialists as teacher leaders will be explored. Structuring professional learning for classroom teachers through peer coaching, mentoring, observations, conferencing and relational group learning will be explored for developing teacher leadership capacity.

TLED 654:
Practicum for Mathematics Specialists


This course requires candidates to complete a 150-hour practicum that is designed to provide opportunities and learning experiences to refine and reinforce mathematical and leadership skills, understandings, and dispositions for optimal performance as a Mathematics Specialist. Pre- or corequisite: TLED 650.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Mathematics Specialist (PK-8) Endorsement at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Science in Education program in Mathematics Specialist (PK-8) Endorsement should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate 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; and

  • Submit an application for graduate studies.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Virginia Educator's Discount


PK-12 educators working in a Virginia school division are eligible for the Virginia Educator’s Discount

Next Steps


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Graduate Program Director:


Name:

Melva Grant Ph.D.


Location:

3107 EDUCATION BUILDING, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-5725


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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