2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    Jul 22, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics and Science (Grades K–8) - MS in Education

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This specialization provides elementary and middle school educators with strategies for helping their students meet the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Coursework offers opportunities for educators to strengthen their own knowledge and comprehension of math and science. They can apply their new skills to their classroom curricula to help ensure students gain a strong foundation in mathematics and science. By focusing on key K–8 science topics, educators will examine techniques to engage their students with lessons based on the nature and history of science, the scientific tools of inquiry and unifying themes, the physical world, and the future of science. Focus is also placed on math topics such as measurement, data, geometric thinking, understanding rational numbers, and proportional reasoning.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, graduates 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 for Mathematical Practice into teaching and learning.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of connections among mathematical concepts and ideas and help students make similar connections.
  3. Engage students successfully in developmentally appropriate inquiries that require them to develop concepts and relationships from their observations, data, and inferences in a scientific manner.
  4. Communicate interdisciplinary perspectives to help students understand why science is important.

Degree Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
  • Core courses (12 sem. cr.)
  • Specialization courses (18 sem. cr.)
  • ePortfolio
  • Minimum 5 semesters enrollment

Specialization Curriculum

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification

This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Prospective Alabama students: State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P–12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu.