Mathematics (Grades K-6)

Help elementary school children build a foundation for success in math with a specialization in Mathematics (Grades K–6).

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.

Emphasis on Practical Strategies

  • Improve strategies for problem-solving.
  • Leverage technology in mathematical instruction.
  • Sharpen your teaching skills in mathematics.
  • Ensure equity in a standards-based mathematics classroom.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 sem. cr.)
    • ePortfolio
 

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Mathematics (Grades K–6) Specialization

Graduates of this program will be prepared 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.
    This Specialization is informed by National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Process Standards and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematical Practice.

Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6610 Course Teacher as Professional Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6640 Course Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6561 Course Learning and Teaching Mathematics Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6650 Course Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6562 Course The Base Ten Number System and Operations: Addition/Subtraction Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6657 Course Creating an Effective Classroom Learning Environment Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6564 Course Measurement, Data, and Geometric Thinking Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6563 Course The Base Ten Number System and Operations: Multiplication/Division Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6565 Course Understanding Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6733 Course Action Research for Educators Credits (3 sem. cr.)

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.

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