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Why ODU for a Mathematics Specialist master's degree?

Take a leadership role in your educational community. Prepare to impact the mathematics achievement and success of preK-8 students. ODU's Mathematics Specialist program will provide you with a strong background in mathematics education, and how to best teach those concepts. You will also have opportunities to practice and craft your leadership skills with this master's degree. 

Strengthen your ability to:

  • Re-examine connections among key math concepts in preK-8 curriculum aligned with National Council of Teachers of Mathematics education standards;
  • Leverage processes and practices for developing mathematics content understanding;
  • Use effective tasks to enhance students' mathematical confidence;
  • Gain a deeper understanding of students’ mathematical thinking and cognitive development to enhance their education.

You will also learn how to:

  • Support learners through culturally responsive pedagogy and reform-oriented instruction;
  • Facilitate professional learning and bridge the gap between research and practice.

* Note: This program is not available in the state of Washington.

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This mathematics specialist degree is for educators with a current Virginia license and a bachelor’s degree related to teaching elementary or middle school mathematics.

Upon graduation, you will be eligible for licensure endorsement as a math specialist (preK-8) in Virginia schools.

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Math Specialist Degree Required Courses

  • 33 credit hours, including an internship

You will take four education content courses, five math content courses, five STEM leadership course, and one math specialist internship. This internship can be completed in your local school division or school of employment. 

You will earn a Master of Science in elementary education with a mathematics specialist endorsement. Already have a master's degree? You can pursue the math specialist endorsement only.

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Some classes will have live, regular online meeting times, while others will not. Instructors may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. This program requires a practicum or internship. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Careers in Math Education

Teachers pursue a mathematics endorsement so they can serve as:

  • Mathematics specialists
  • Mathematics resource teachers
  • Mathematics coaches

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$551 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Fall 2020 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

State Licensure

This program is designed to prepare Virginia licensed teachers for endorsement as a math specialist (preK-8).

If you live outside Virginia, we encourage you to check your state's teacher licensure requirements before applying to ODU. Use these licensure links to explore whether this program may help you obtain a teaching endorsement in other states.

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How to Apply

This degree is intended for educators with a current Virginia license and a bachelor’s degree related to teaching elementary or middle school mathematics.

To apply for admission, you must have:

  • Three years of successful classroom experience teaching mathematics
  • A teaching-related bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a 3.0 overall program GPA
  • A Virginia Collegiate Professional License or equivalent from another state

Meet Your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.