2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022) 
    Nov 30, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022)

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.)

Specialization Curriculum

Course Sequence

The course sequence for this specialization is dependent upon the student’s Program of Study. Students work directly with their student success advisor to ensure the appropriate course sequence based on course availability.

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.