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Mathematics Education Licensure Program (6-12)

*M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

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M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

This program is offered to State of Virginia Licensure applicants only. Other applicants including international students should apply for Mathematics Education (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction).

Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus, Instructions: Residential/On Campus

Program Overview

The Mathematics Education program at Virginia Tech unites faculty and students from the Mathematics Department and School of Education. Our research focuses on understanding how students learn mathematics, which informs curriculum design, teaching practices, and assessment instruments. We seek to establish equitable learning environments that take advantage of current research and technology. We believe that all teacher educators must be prepared to provide equity and access for all learners at all educational levels, kindergarten through doctoral studies.

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Why choose this program?

The School of Education at Virginia Tech offers a Secondary Mathematics Education teacher licensure program in which students earn a Master of Arts in Education. This program is nationally accredited and prepares students for licensure in the State of Virginia.

What You'll Study

The Mathematics Education Licensure Program includes coursework in mathematics pedagogy, mathematics, educational foundations, special education, and research methods. The program includes two field experiences in secondary schools. Students should obtain passing scores on the Praxis II (mathematics content) test prior to student-teaching during the spring semester. At the end of the program of study, students in this master’s degree program will also create and present an electronic portfolio to satisfy the university’s “masters comprehensive exam” requirement.

This licensure program has been specifically designed to satisfy Virginia’s licensure requirements for teaching mathematics in the secondary schools. Students will take between 30-42 credit hours of coursework to meet the state requirements, depending on the student's undergraduate preparation. Throughout the student’s program of study, the student and his or her advisor will work together to ensure that all state requirements for secondary licensure have been met through the student’s undergraduate and graduate-level coursework. The student is encouraged to be familiar with state licensure requirements so that informed decisions about courses can be made.

Completion of the program will take one or two years, depending on the student’s background. For instance, students graduating from Virginia Tech’s mathematics education option (Department of Mathematics) can typically complete graduate program requirements in one year (including at least one summer session). Students who majored in mathematics (or a related field) as undergraduates, but who did not complete any education-related coursework, will likely need two years to complete the program. In many cases, students need to enroll in one or more summer sessions on campus to complete program requirements.

Learn more about full licensure requirements.

This degree program is offered at the Blacksburg campus. The Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life Center. 

General Requirement

  • Bachelor's degree with 3.00 GPA for regular admission status or 2.75 GPA for provisional status is required (last 60 hours of coursework). Undergraduate majors in mathematics, mathematics education, or mathematics-related fields. For students who have not completed a basic core of undergraduate mathematics courses, a limited amount of undergraduate coursework may be completed during the graduate program.
  • Two letters of reference.
  • Undergraduate Mathematics content coursework for licensure.
  • Passing score on Praxis I or acceptable SAT or ACT scores (must be obtained prior to acceptance into program, required by Virginia regulations)
  • Passing score on Praxis II (must be obtained prior to student teaching, required for Virginia
  • licensure)
  • Passing score on VCLA (must be obtained prior to student teaching, required for Virginia licensure)

Dual Enrollment Status

Virginia Tech students may be considered for dual-enrollment status admission during the final semester of undergraduate coursework. Prospective students must have a 3.00 grade point average (GPA) for regular admission to this program. Students admitted under dual status may not receive both graduate and undergraduate credit for the same course (except under the Accelerated UG/G program).

Accelerated UG/G

Learn about accelerated B.A.-M.A.

Visit this page for more information on how to apply, including requirements, deadlines, and what you'll need in detail.

There is a discount for in-state K-12 teachers; use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs. Otherwise, as with on-campus students, we refer you to the VT Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial assistance. Generally, distance learners may qualify for federal loans if they take 5 or more credit hours per semester.

Learn more about other available funding opportunities

State of Virginia Licensure Applicants
Spring:  October 15
Summer: February 15
Fall:  February 15
Other Applicants
This program is offered to State of Virginia Licensure applicants only. Other applicants including international students should apply for Mathematics Education (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction).

Betti Kreye
Program Leader, Secondary Mathematics Education Program
Public Safety Building, Suite 201 (0313)
330 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8348
bkreye@vt.edu

Questions?

Betti Kreye
Program Leader, Secondary Mathematics Education Program
Public Safety Building, Suite 201 (0313)
330 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8348
bkreye@vt.edu

Faculty, School of Education

Faculty, Department of Mathematics