Don't let time get in the way of acheiving your goals—our accelerated master’s in education specializations allow you to deepen your expertise while earning your degree faster.
Help elementary school students cultivate a love for learning as they build essential reading and mathematics skills to succeed in the classroom and beyond. In the accelerated Elementary Reading and Mathematics (Grades K–6) specialization, you can complete the program in as little as one year for less than $10,000—a 40% tuition savings compared to our traditional MSEd program with a specialization in Elementary Reading and Mathematics (Grades K–6).*
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With this specialization, you can explore strategies to become more effective in delivering reading and mathematics instruction aligned with Common Core State Standards. You can also benefit from a curriculum that is based on standards set by both the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
While the MSED accelerated program is designed to be completed in 12-months, 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.
|Course Code||EDUC 6610||Course||Teacher as Professional||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6602||Course||Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Accelerating)||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||MATH 6561||Course||Learning and Teaching Mathematics||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6616||Course||Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations (Accelerating)||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||READ 6706||Course||Literacy Development P-3||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||MATH 6562||Course||The Base Ten Number System and Operations: Addition/Subtraction||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||READ 6727||Course||Reading and Literacy Growth, Grades 4-6 (Accelerating)||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||MATH 6663||Course||The Base Ten Number System and Operations: Multiplication/Division (Accelerating)||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||READ 6609||Course||Literacy in Academically Diverse Classrooms (Accelerating)||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6733||Course||Action Research for Educators||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
Effective teachers are leaders who make a positive difference in classrooms, schools, and society. Education professionals explore what it means to be a teacher leader in today's diverse and changing educational landscape, while gaining expertise in current research-based educational advancements. They examine their values, beliefs, vision, and mission, and they explore teacher effectiveness in relation to their role in the larger context of the teaching profession. They collaborate in professional learning communities and advocate for students and other educators in order to promote positive social change. They synthesize their learning throughout the course and use this knowledge to enhance professional growth and development.
Education professionals ensure continuous improvement for student learning through attention to the relationship among classroom curriculum, instruction, and assessment in standards-based educational systems. They explore learning theory, learner variables, and the need for differentiation to meet diverse learning needs. Education professionals design educational experiences for P–12 students using data-informed practices in order to promote student learning, critical thinking, and real-world application of knowledge and skills in technology-rich environments.
To foster high levels of learning and achievement in math, teachers must first have a deep understanding of mathematical concepts and know how best to teach them. In this course, teachers of K—8 mathematics are introduced to exciting ideas and practices to address their own learning and teaching of mathematics. Authentic and engaging mathematics experiences, including modeling, representing mathematical ideas in multiple ways, and identifying and addressing student misconceptions, are emphasized. Educators engage in effective practices for fostering students' ability to reason, analyze conceptual relationships, and persist in solving challenging problems. Connections across mathematics topics, skills, and levels as well as educational policies that impact the learning and teaching of mathematics are emphasized in this course. The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, including the Standards for Mathematical Practice, and the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) practices are frameworks for addressing fundamental principles and skills.
Education professionals examine the value of adapting the learning environment for multiple diverse populations within the classroom. They explore their attitudes, beliefs, and biases regarding diverse students, families, and communities, and they learn approaches for working together to ensure high levels of learning for all students. Through real-world application, they assess and implement high-quality learning experiences that provide equitable access to promote positive social change. Education professionals incorporate their students' background experiences and differentiate instruction using effective practices so all P–12 students have the opportunities and resources to learn.
Building a strong foundation of literacy skills and experiences in young children is critical to their success in school and life. In this course, educators take a developmental approach to reading and literacy instruction and are provided practical research-based approaches to help P-3 students achieve the literacy goals of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and other state standards. The characteristics of emergent and beginning readers are explored, focusing on phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Education professionals evaluate the role of motivation in learning to read and analyze the use of progress monitoring and Response to Intervention (RTI) to support all learners. Through their coursework, educators are provided with opportunities to explore writing, close reading, print concepts, and multiple text genres. Education professionals plan and implement developmentally appropriate assessment and instruction, including technology tools, to support the literacy development of all learners in preschool through third grade.
Effective elementary mathematics instruction requires a deep understanding of numbers and operations, the real-world situations in which these arise, and how children learn these ideas. In this course, teachers refine their knowledge of the structure of the base-ten number system and how it is used in addition and subtraction. They examine various methods of multi-digit calculations, including methods commonly created by students and variations of standard algorithms. Teachers extend their own conceptual understanding by modeling mathematics visually and explaining relationships between visual representations and mathematical notation. Teachers also learn how to develop appropriate interventions by diagnosing common student misconceptions.
The intermediate grades present unique challenges to literacy learning including complexity of text, students' use of technology, student motivation to learn, and explicit and implicit gender issues exhibited in the classroom. Education professionals are provided with opportunities to evaluate research-based instructional and assessment practices to help students in grades 4–6 to actively engage in literacy learning and achieve the literacy goals of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and other state standards. Education professionals examine the role of literacy in content area learning, explore ways to teach close reading of complex texts, and consider how to incorporate different levels, types, and genres of text to support all students' learning and literacy development. The focus of the coursework is on effective strategies to support writing about text, content-area specialization vocabulary, listening and speaking, and the effective use of technology tools to support content area reading.
Developing students' mathematical habits of mind and leading them to become mathematical thinkers are important goals of elementary mathematics education. In this course, teachers extend their own understanding of the base ten number system and the relationships among addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Teachers explore various interpretations and meanings of these operations while working with properties of multiplication, division, and proportionality. They investigate students' misconceptions and struggles and develop effective intervention strategies. Teachers further develop their own mathematical habits of mind as they engage in challenging tasks and solve real-world mathematical problems.
Today's classrooms require teachers to become competent and confident in supporting both students who struggle with reading and writing and those who excel. Education professionals in this course focus on accelerating the literacy development of students with reading difficulties, including students who have specific learning disabilities, and on addressing the needs of gifted students. Through coursework, education professionals have opportunities to examine informal and formal assessments, the use of data to inform instruction, and practical guidelines for implementing the Response to Intervention (RTI) model. Education professionals explore concepts and strategies, including collaboration with support resources, methods to differentiate and scaffold instruction, progress monitoring, leveling books, intervention strategies, and the use of motivating texts and technology tools to support student learning.
Education professionals use action research in a variety of ways to positively impact P–12 student learning. They examine, design, and implement action research. They address relevant problems, become involved in collaborative inquiry, use data and research to inform their practice, improve P–12 student academic success, and contribute to positive social change in their classrooms and school environments. Education professionals collect and analyze student data, develop and implement data-informed decisions to guide instructional planning, and engage in reflective practices to ensure continuous improvement and enhance professional growth.
Time to completion may 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 1-866-492-5336.
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.