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Algebra & Middle School Mathematics

The Algebra & Middle School Mathematics concentration is designed for the middle school classroom teacher who wants to improve instructional skills as well as expand knowledge and skills in teaching mathematics through Algebra I.

Virginia teachers at the middle school levels must possess a deep understanding of the mathematics they are teaching, an understanding of how it connects to higher levels of mathematics, and a skilful use of methods to guide students in the learning.

Applicants must hold a valid Collegiate Professional Teaching License or equivalent from another state. Completion of this program meets current eligibility requirements for the Postgraduate Professional License with an endorsement in Algebra I.

Development of the mathematics courses for this program is the result of a cooperative arrangement by the University of Virginia, College of William and Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University and Longwood University.



Newly admitted students are assigned the appropriate advisor. The assignment of the advisor generally is not changed unless the student changes his/her degree program. Prior to registration, students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding course selection and sequence, career goals, and relevant academic policies. Although the academic advisor assists students with curriculum decisions and options, the student bears full responsibility for meeting graduation requirements.

NOTE: Students are cautioned to work closely with their advisors in planning their studies since some courses have prerequisites and are sequenced to begin with the fall semester.


Program Requirements for Master's Degree

Core Requirements: (9) Complete the following nine credits.

  • EDUC502 Research Design (3)
  • EDUC571 Foundations of Instruction and Learning Theory (3)
  • MAED625 Assessment in Mathematics (3)

Mathematics Requirements: (27) Complete the following twenty-seven credits and examination.

  • MAED623 Instructional Design in Mathematics for Grades K-8 (3)
  • MATH671 College Algebra for Middle School Teachers (3)
  • MATH672 Discrete Mathematics for Middle School Teachers (3)
  • MATH673 Trigonometry and Algebra for Middle School Teachers (3)
  • MATH674 Mathematical Programming for Middle School Teachers (3)
  • MATH675 Linear Algebra for Middle School Teachers (3)
  • MATH677 Euclidean Geometry for Middle School Teachers (3)
  • MATH678 Calculus for Middle School Teachers (3)
  • MATH679 Probability and Statistics for Middle School Teachers (3)
  • EDUC699 Comprehensive Examination (0) 



Program Coordinator

Dr. Sharon S. Emerson-Stonnell

Ruffner 333

Mathematics Faculty