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This endorsement 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 Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the College of Sciences.
Program is designed for teachers with a strong interest in teaching mathematics and at least three years of successful teaching
Program was developed jointly with ODU’s College of Sciences in order to build strong mathematics content along with student centered content pedagogy
Develop sound knowledge of the mathematical concepts, skills, and reasoning processes being taught
Understand how students learn mathematics across the spectrum of diverse populations
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 classroom assistance through peer coaching, mentoring, observations and conferencing will be highlighted to expand the prospective Mathematics Specialists
An internship experience that provides mathematics specialists an opportunity to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and dispositions to impact and improve the mathematics program of schools. Requires 150 hours of internship. Prerequisites: MATH 335.
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 2021-22 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.
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PK-12 educators working in a Virginia school division are eligible for the Virginia Educator’s Discount
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