Mathematics and Science (Grades K-8)

Help prepare young students in developing the analytical, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills they need to succeed in college and in their careers with an M.S. in Education with a specialization in Mathematics and Science (Grades K–8).

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.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credit hours
  • 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 and Science (Grades K–8)

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. Analyze student use of inquiry methods, observation, collaboration, data collection, and analysis by use of student assessments measuring achievement of concept development from empirical experiences in order to engage students in active learning.
  5. Develop and communicate a plan which uses inquiry, technology, and critical analysis for teaching students to distinguish science from non-science, to understand the evolution and practice of science as a human endeavor, and to envision an integration of science knowledge, pedagogy, history, and philosophy.
  6. Recognize that an informed citizenry, in order to make decisions on contemporary scientific and technological issues, must conduct analyses of the facts of such issues and assess possible actions and outcomes through activities such as creating informed scientific communities looking at societal implications of the decisions and communicating to the broader population.
    This Specialization is informed by National Science Teachers Association, Standards for Science Teacher Preparation, 2003; National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematical Practice


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 SCIE 6660 Course The Nature of Science Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6650 Course Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code SCIE 6661 Course Exploring the Physical World Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6561 Course Learning and Teaching Mathematics Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6564 Course Measurement, Data, and Geometric Thinking Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code SCIE 6664 Course Looking Into the Future of Science and Education 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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