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Science/Math Education MSEd

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Secondary Math MAT

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Math Education

Math for Educators and Teachers

A Master of Science or a Master of Art in mathematics, without initial teacher certification, is available to individuals who already possess a bachelor's degree and teacher certification in another subject or academic area. These programs do not provide initial teacher licensure but are designed to prepare experienced teachers to add a mathematics endorsement to their existing license through a graduate level certification program, or while earning a master's degree. Many states consider mathematics to be a teacher shortage area (pdf download), making this a high demand occupation.

Math Teacher Career Outlook and Salary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, (BLS, 2010) expects demand for educators to increase by 13 percent by 2018, which is average job growth for all occupations. The BLS also reports that job growth may be slightly higher for hard to fill positions. Each state determines what positions are considered hard to fill. New STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) standards are increasing the demand for highly qualified mathematics teachers. It is becoming more common to teach Algebra in the middle grades for high school credit. Few middle school math teachers are prepared to teach a high school credit course and districts often struggle to find qualified teachers.

Job Title

Median Annual Salary (50th percentile)

Job Growth
2014-2024

Kindergarten & Elementary School Teachers

$54,550

6%

Middle School Teachers

$55,860

6%

High School Teachers

$57,200

6%

Postsecondary Teachers

$72,470

13%

Adult Literacy & High School Equivalency Diploma Teachers

$50,280

7%

Instructional Coordinator

$62,270

7%

Training Specialist

$58,210

7%

Career & Technical Education Teacher

$52,800

4%

Training Manager

$102,640

7%

Sponsored Schools Offering Math Education
Walden University Online

Chosen as an NEA Academy Partner for it's quality and value. Walden University offers the No. 1 Largest Online Graduate Program in Education By Enrollment (U.S. News & World Report). WU's School of Education is currently a candidate for accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Mathematics (K-6)
Master of Science in Education

Designed for elementary school math teachers, this specialization can help you develop more effective mathematics teaching practices so you can excite young learners. Explore new strategies and techniques for introducing students to the mathematical skills and concepts they will need in high school, college, and beyond, including measurement, data, geometric thinking, understanding rational numbers, and proportional reasoning.

Courses in this specialization are aligned with the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics as well as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Principles and Standards for School Mathematics.

Mathematics (5-8)
Master of Science in Education

In this specialization, you can expand your own mathematical expertise to develop more effective mathematics teaching practices. Help prepare your students for mathematics success in high school with courses that explore the Common Core State Standards. Examine key topics taught in middle school mathematics programs, including number systems and operations; geometric thinking and measurement; functions and equations; and data, probability, and statistical reasoning.

Courses in this specialization are aligned with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' (NCTM's) Principles and Standards for School Mathematics.

Mathematics and Science (K-8)
Master of Science in Education

Designed for elementary and middle school teachers who want to advance their own knowledge of science and mathematics (as part of the STEM core) subjects, this specialization provides strategies and a framework for ensuring that your students gain a strong foundation in mathematics and science as defined by the Common Core State Standards.

This specialization features math courses that are based on standards set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' (NCTM) Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, and science courses are based on standards from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the National Science Education Standards.

University of Southern California Online

USC Rossier School of Education is ranked #15 among graduate schools of education by U.S. News & World Report and is a candidate for NCATE accreditation.

Secondary Mathematics
Master of Arts in Teaching

For Licensed Teachers

Address the needs of today's classrooms with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree delivered online at the USC Rossier School of Education. The program offers a combination of up-to-date online learning and field-based teaching experiences to K-12 teachers looking to take their teaching careers to the next level. This innovative program is designed to help our students acquire the broader perspective needed to be transformative teachers.

Secondary Mathematics
(with Teaching Credential)
Master of Arts in Teaching

Prepare to be a Math Teacher

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with credential program prepares students to enter the teaching profession and pursue careers as teachers in a variety of settings and educational levels. The curriculum reflects the Rossier School's focus on strengthening urban education by placing emphasis on preparing teachers to work with diverse populations. Students will complete a Master's degree and teaching credential in 13-months of full-time study while engaged in supervised field experiences throughout the program.

Grand Canyon University

Math (With IR and Certification)
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (Grades K-8) (Eligible for Institutional Recommendation) is for students who are preparing for a teaching career in grades K-8, inclusive of elementary and middle school, and who are seeking initial teacher certification or licensure. The format and courses are designed to maximize the content knowledge that the teacher candidate will possess upon graduation. Content courses are aligned to the professional standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Graduates of the Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education program are prepared to become informed educators in public and private schools and other settings requiring a teaching credential. Applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for certification requirements and program approval.

Math
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education

The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (Emphasis in Math) (Eligible for Institutional Recommendation) is for students who are preparing for a teaching career in grades 7-12, inclusive of middle and high school, and who are seeking initial teacher certification or licensure. The format and courses are designed to maximize the content knowledge that the teacher candidate will possess upon graduation. Content courses are aligned to the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for certification requirements and program approval.

Liberty University

Program Specialist - Math
Master of Education

The Master in Education Math Program Specialist degree is designed to instruct individuals how to plan and implement mathematics curriculum and is geared toward those interested in becoming a math specialist. The math specialist requires a math teaching license in middle or secondary education (may be earned at bachelor's level or M.A.T.).

Nova Southeastern University

Elementary Math
Master of Art in Teaching and Learning

Nova Southeastern University's Master of Arts in Teaching & Learning (MATL) is the perfect fit for busy teachers. Our more than 90% graduation rate proves you can balance work, family and your master's education. In less than a year, you can complete our practical, affordable MATL. Program topics include teaching and assessing math through technology, practice of action research, and teaching mathematics across the curriculum. Topics include: Teaching and Assessing Math through Technology and Best Practices for Teaching Math Across the Curriculum.

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The STEM Crisis

American students are falling behind in the essential subjects of math and science, putting our position in the global economy at risk.

  • U.S. students recently finished 25th in math and 17th in science in the ranking of 31 countries by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

  • Women currently constitute 48 percent of the U.S. workforce but hold just 24 percent of the U.S. jobs in STEM.

  • Fewer than 15 percent of American engineers are women.

  • Sixty percent of the new jobs that will open in the 21st century will require skills possessed by only 20 percent of the current workforce.5 The U.S. may be short as many as three million high-skills workers by 2018. Two-thirds of those jobs will require at least some post-secondary education. American universities, however, only award about a third of the bachelor's degrees in science and engineering as Asian universities. Worldwide, the United States ranks 17th in the number of science degrees it awards.

  • The competitive edge of the US economy has eroded sharply over the last decade, according to a new study by a non-partisan research group. The report found that the U.S. ranked sixth among 40 countries and regions, based on 16 indicators of innovation and competitiveness. They included venture capital investment, scientific research, spending on research, and educational achievement.7 The prestigious World Economic Forum ranks the U.S. as No. 48 in quality of math and science education.

  • 25 years ago, the U.S. led the world in high school and college graduation rates. Today, the U.S. has dropped to 20th and 16th.
(Source: National Math & Science Initiative)
Becoming a Math Teacher

Individuals interested in teaching mathematics at the secondary level will study several branches of advanced mathematics in addition to taking coursework on specific teaching strategies for mathematics. Teachers may prefer to complete a certificate program (without a master's degree) or they may prefer to complete the full master's degree program.

Some of the mathematics courses might include:
  • Calculus I, II, and III
  • College Algebra and Abstract Algebra
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Probability and Statistics I and II
  • Finite Mathematics
  • Mathematical Modeling

Each state determines how many credit hours are required for an additional content endorsement. Some states, such as Tennessee, require only 18 hours (the equivalent of an academic minor). Other states, such as Washington and California, require the equivalent of an academic major (usually 30 hours).

In addition to the coursework required by your university or college, you will also be required to pass additional certification exams by your state. Please visit your state's website, or www.ets.org/praxis, to determine your state's requirements.

Most states require your university or college to complete a letter of recommendation for your mathematics endorsement. It is imperative that educators make sure their program is considered a teacher endorsement program by the college or university. Some programs will not provide a recommendation for public education endorsements, but can be used to further your career at the post secondary level and can be used to meet continuing education credits (CEUs).