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Elementary Education: Math/Science Emphasis Graduate

This program is intended for certified, practicing elementary classroom teachers who have a strong interest in, and preparation for, teaching K-5 mathematics and science.

We prepare elementary teachers for leadership roles in mathematics and science in their respective schools and districts.

The Master of Arts in Elementary Education with the Math / Science emphasis has the following goals for each program candidate -Each candidate will:

  • Enhance her/his knowledge of mathematics for practicing elementary teachers
  • Enhance his/her knowledge of science for practicing elementary teachers
  • Examine standards-based content, pedagogy and assessment for elementary mathematics and science
  • Develop skills in reading and applying educational research
  • Use student data to develop research and standards based strategies to enhance student achievement
  • Create excitement and enthusiasm for learning that will spill over to your own classrooms

Students may take specified courses as non-degree-seeking students for one semester while finalizing their applications. Only 12 such credit hours can transfer from non-degree into the program, once accepted, so take such courses cautiously. We also recommend that, if possible, you start the program with a new cohort that “stays together” through the entire program.

Graduate level courses require a good bit of time and effort. In particular, the mathematics and science courses are not like professional development workshops that you may have attended through the school district.  These courses are designed to give you a strong background in K-8 mathematics and science content, in addition to opportunities to refine and develop inquiry pedagogical skills. These classes are for you, the adult learner.  By learning content that goes beyond the grade level you are teaching, we hope to reignite your love and passion for learning so that you pass on your excitement and experiences to your own students.

Here is what program graduates are saying:

“The program sharpened my skill and confidence as a math teacher. This unique degree has opened the door for amazing career opportunities, states, Mary Conage.

“This program validated my thoughts about teaching mathematics and helped me develop a better understanding for how we should teach math.” states, Kevin Larkin

“I walked away from the program with a renewed love of teaching. I learned how to teach math and science so [my students] will love it too! states, Leslie Strahl.

For a full list of required courses and program information, please visit the Graduate Catalog.

Advisor: Mr. Jesse Strong

Phone: 727-873-4420

Email:  jessestrong@mail.usf.edu