Aurora University

Master of Arts in Mathematics and Science for Elementary Teachers

The Master of Arts in Mathematics and Science for Elementary Teachers online degree program at Aurora University is designed for elementary school teachers who wish to strengthen their content knowledge in mathematics and science. The curriculum focuses on national mathematics and science standards and how to implement them in the classroom. The program emphasizes deepening the participants' understanding of mathematics and science concepts and the connections between them. Content courses are designed to increase the participants' self-efficacy in various mathematics and science subjects, thereby enhancing their teaching with additional depth and breadth of content. Program courses present the content and pedagogy in a parallel manner and connect the two throughout the program. Teachers will become familiar with professional practices in mathematics, science and engineering, and will develop a research project based on mathematics and science education. The program helps teachers’ professional growth and helps them become leaders and advocates for mathematics and science education in their own school and district.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: 37 semester hours, including 1 semester hour of required field experience.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants should hold a current teaching certificate or license and an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher from a regionally accredited institution. Additional admission requirements include a resume or curriculum vita, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation and transcripts noting bachelor’s degree completion. The GRE is not required for admission.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Students nationwide are in an educational deficit, ranking far behind most other developed countries in the fields of math (25) and science (17). School systems across the country are looking to bolster academic achievement levels by hiring qualified, master’s-level educators that specialize in math and science. A Business-Higher Education Forum report suggests that the United States will need an estimated 280,000 math and science teachers by 2015 to become competitive in the global economy.

While overall career growth for post-secondary teachers remains stagnant through the next decade, math and science teachers are seeing tremendous growth as school systems nationwide look to bolster their students’ academic achievement level. Many local and state governments are looking to increase education spending and incentives in the near future for targeted hiring in the math and science areas.

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