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Mathematics Specialist (K-8)

M.A.Ed. or Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction

New Cohort Beginning in Fall 2020 at the Roanoke Higher Education Center

This program is offered to currently licensed teachers who would like to expand their knowledge and offerings in Mathematics Education for grades K-8 only. If you are interested in initial State of Virginia Licensure for Secondary Mathematics Education (6-12), applicants should apply for Mathematics Education Licensure program that lists all the licensure/endorsement requirements, or for the interdisciplinary program with the Department of Mathematics which offers candidates a B.S. in Mathematics and the M.A.Ed. in Mathematics Education.

Campus: Roanoke HEC, Instructions: On Campus (Roanoke HEC)

Program Overview

The Mathematics Specialist Program at Virginia Tech is designed for in-service teachers in grades K-8. The program is a cohort program made up of 33 hours of coursework focusing on mathematics education leadership and mathematics content specific to grades K-8. The Mathematics Specialist Program leads to a Master's of Education Degree (M.A.Ed.) or Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in Curriculum and Instruction. 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.


Why choose this program?

This program is nationally accredited. Our math education faculty focus on preparing highly-qualified math teachers while engaging in innovative research on teaching and learning. With some members residing in the Department of Teaching & Learning and others in the Math Department, our faculty take advantage of opportunities to collaborate with additional Virginia Tech faculty members across the School of Education and the College of Science.

What You'll Study

At least 18 of the 33 credits including the Number and Operations course, Mathematics Education Leadership I and II courses, the 6 hours of field experience and at least one other math content course should be from Virginia Tech. The other 15 hours may be from Virginia Tech or from other partner universities as approved by the student's advisor.

  • Three years of successful teaching experience in grades K-8.
  • At least 6 hours of undergraduate or graduate mathematics coursework.
  • MATH 5614: Number and Operations for K-8 Teachers (3 hours: Prerequisite for other courses)
  • MATH 5614: Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning for K-8 Teachers (3 hours)
  • MATH 5614: Probability and Statistics for K-8 Teachers (3 hours)
  • MATH 5614: Geometry and Measurement for K-8 Teachers (3 hours)
  • MATH 5614: Algebra and Functions for K-8 Teachers (3 hours)
  • EDCI 5774: Mathematics Education Leadership I (3 hours)
  • EDCI 5784: Mathematics Education Leadership II (3 hours)
  • EDCI 5234: Adv. Curriculum and Instruction in Elem. and Middle School Mathematics (3 hours)
  • EDCI 5764: Externship in Education (6 hours)
  • EDCI 5784: Research in Assessment and Diagnosis for K-8 Mathematics (3 hours)

Final project to be planned with university advisor.

  • 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).
  • Three years of successful teaching experience in grades K-8.
  • At least 6 hours of undergraduate or graduate methematics coursework.
  • Three letters of reference.
  • A letter of support from your principal (please use this form).
  • Applicants may also be asked to complete an Interview with faculty members.
  • 2-3 page essay describing why you want to be a K-8 mathematics specialist.

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
This program is offered to anyone who would like to earn Mathematics Specialist K-8 (M.A.Ed. , Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction) only. If you are interested in State of Virginia Licensure, applicants should apply for Mathematics Education Licensure program that lists all the licensure/endorsement requirements.

Jay Wilkins
Program Leader
Public Safety Building, Suite 201 (0313)
330 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8326


Jay Wilkins
Program Leader
Public Safety Building, Suite 201 (0313)
330 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8326

Faculty Experts in Mathematics Education