MEd in Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Education

  • An integral part of the program will be to familiarize students with recent developments in curriculum, instruction, and implementation of contemporary mathematics programs in elementary and middle schools. Upon completion of the program, the student will be prepared to serve as a resource teacher, as a mathematics teacher in a departmentalized situation, as a coordinator, or in other leadership roles in an elementary or middle school mathematics program.

    For teachers in public schools, the program meets the credit requirements for Instructional Level II certification. It does not provide 7-12 certification for those who hold a K-6 Level I certificate.

    Program Requirements

    Students have three options for the completion of the program leading to a Master of Education degree in Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Education.

    Option 1: Primarily designed for those who wish to pursue a degree after the master’s degree. The requirements are 27 hours of course work and a three-hour committee thesis.

    Option 2: Primarily designed for those who will take a leadership role in the school. The requirements are 30 hours of course work and written comprehensive examination.

    Option 3: Primarily designed for the classroom teacher who wishes to update skills. The requirements are 36 hours of course work with no thesis or comprehensive examination required.

    Students must satisfy the following course requirements:

    I. Professional Development (9 cr.)

    Required (6 cr.)

    ELMA 650 Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary School Mathematics 3 cr.
    EDSP 704 Advanced Educational Psychology 3 cr.

    Elective (3 cr.)

    Chosen from the graduate course offerings of the Department of Professional Studies in Education and the Department of Special Education and Clinical Services. Students should consult their advisor concerning prerequisites and appropriateness before scheduling these courses.

    II. Educational Research (3 cr.)

    GSR 615 Elements of Research 3 cr.

    III. Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics Education Electives (6 cr.)

    ELMA 651 The Laboratory Approach to Teaching Mathematics 3 cr.
    ELMA 652 Diagnosis and Remedial Teaching of Mathematics 3 cr.
    ELMA 653 Mathematics for the Gifted Student 3 cr.
    ELMA 654 Teaching Problem Solving in the Elementary and Middle School 3 cr.
    ELMA 655 Mathematics for Early Childhood 3 cr.
    ELMA 698 Supervised Internship 3 cr.
    ELMA 699 Elementary Math—Independent Study 3 cr.
    ELMA 795 Thesis* 3 cr.

    IV. Subject Matter Concentration Electives

    Options 1 and 2 (9 cr.)


    Option 3 (15 cr.)

    ELMA 517 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3 cr.
    ELMA 520 Pre-Calculus Mathematics I 3 cr.
    ELMA 556 Principles of Geometry I 3 cr.
    ELMA 557 Introduction to Number Theory 3 cr.
    ELMA 558 Introduction to Logic and Logical Games 3 cr.
    ELMA 559 Computer-Related Topics in the Elementary and Middle School 3 cr.
    ELMA 571 Algebra for Elementary/Middle Level Teachers
    3 cr.
    ELMA 601 Basic Concepts in Mathematics I 3 cr.
    ELMA 602 Basic Concepts in Mathematics II 3 cr.
    ELMA 603 Teaching the Metric System 3 cr.
    ELMA 681 Special Topics 3 cr.

    V. Electives (3 cr.)

    Chosen from other courses in categories I, III, and IV above

    VI. Comprehensive Exam

    Option 2 only

    * ELMA 795 is required for Option 1 only.