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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Students entering the Master of Science in Education program in Mathematics Specialist (PK-8) Endorsement should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
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.
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.
Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid
PK-12 educators working in a Virginia school division are eligible for the Virginia Educator’s Discount
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