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Mathematics (Grades K–6) - MS in Education

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To lay the foundation for future challenges in secondary mathematics as well as problem-solving in all areas of life, teachers of K–6 mathematics must foster students’ ability to use mathematical knowledge to solve authentic real-world problems. The MS in Education with a specialization in Mathematics (Grades K–6) degree is designed for elementary school mathematics teachers who want to increase their own mathematical expertise to promote their students’ conceptual understandings and abilities. The Common Core State Standards, including the Standards for Mathematical Practice, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ content and process standards are explored as frameworks for understanding and teaching mathematics and for making connections across grade levels. Teachers build upon their repertoire of instructional strategies and resources and focus on ways to assess students’ mathematical knowledge and skills, address misconceptions, plan interventions, and engage students through an intensive focus on the base ten number system and its properties and operations. Also addressed in the course are key topics in a well-balanced elementary-grade mathematics program including measurement, data, geometric thinking, understanding rational numbers, and proportional reasoning.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, educator professionals will be able to:

  1. Utilize a variety of manipulative materials and emerging technological resources in the classroom to incorporate the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Process Standards and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematical Practice into their teaching.
  2. Apply strategies to help students diagnose misconceptions, solve problems successfully, and develop mathematical habits of mind.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of connections among mathematical concepts and ideas and help students make similar connections.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the base-ten number system and the mathematical operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  5. Evaluate geometry, data, and measurement strategies to guide students’ thinking and reasoning about shape, spatial relationships, and measurement, including estimation.
  6. Justify the importance of rational numbers, rates of change, and proportional reasoning in their teaching practices in order to promote students’ ability to use Mathematical knowledge and skills in real-world problem solving contexts.

Degree Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
  • Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 sem. cr.)
  • ePortfolio
  • Minimum 5 semesters enrollment

Specialization Curriculum

Note on Endorsement, Licensure, or Certification

This program does not lead to an endorsement, certification, or licensure. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure. 

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy). Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on program requirements; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state and school district requirements.