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Becoming a Teacher Leader in Elementary Mathematics and Coach/Model Effective Teaching Practices

The Elementary Mathematics Specialist Master of Arts program is designed to prepare currently licensed teachers to be teacher leaders in elementary mathematics.

The program also focuses on using new digital and networked technologies to expand opportunities for young people.

The coursework provides opportunities for students to engage in: 1) an intensive study of mathematics concepts relevant to the elementary grades, 2) an examination of effective teaching practices for supporting mathematics learning for all students; and 3) targeted study of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be an effective teacher leader.

The program includes four mathematics courses, four mathematics pedagogy courses, three teacher leadership courses, and one field-based practicum.

Courses are offered online both in the summer and during the school year. Courses during the school year are scheduled in the evenings to accommodate the work schedules of professionals.

Completing this master’s degree will support you in:

  • Creating a network of colleagues who will support your development as a teacher;
  • Developing your knowledge and skills as a teacher leader; and
  • Deepening your understanding of teaching and learning, using the most up-to-date delivery methods.

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The Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership: Elementary Math Specialist can be completed in five semesters. Courses will be conducted during summer, fall, and spring sessions, both synchronously and asynchronously. The courses are taught by faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their fields. This program will enable you to not only to become a more effective teacher in your classroom, but also to have influence within your school and beyond. As a teacher leader, you will develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and encourage them to join you on a journey to improve teaching and learning, both locally and further afield.

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Online Teacher Leadership: Elementary Specialist M.A. Admission Requirements

Admission into the Elementary Mathematics Specialist major is based on the academic accomplishments of the applicant as well as the alignment of the applicant’s goals with the goals of the program. Students are selected based on the strengths of their application and their fulfillment of the specific admissions requirements listed below.

Application requirements:

  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Three official letters of recommendation speaking to the applicant’s potential as a teacher leader in elementary mathematics
  • Submission of an official goal statement related to the program, including professional goals and interest in this specific program
  • Professional vita
  • Record of initial certification in elementary or early childhood education with 18 months of successful teaching experience

Note: the 18 months of experience must be completed by the end of the program.

Application Deadlines:

Applications are due by April 15 the semester prior to program entrance, although candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates are admitted for a summer start only.

Applicants will be reviewed by a committee of department faculty using a standardized review rubric in which the reviewer will assess the candidate based on: 1) the applicant’s fulfillment of the required admittance criteria; 2) the applicant’s fit with the program’s goals; and 3) the applicant’s potential for success in the program. Reviewers will indicate an overall admissions recommendation for each applicant. Final admissions decisions based on reviewer recommendations will be made by the program coordinator.

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Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827. Please contact the WVU Financial Aid Office at (304) 293-5242 or for additional information.

The Teacher Leadership: Elementary Math Specialist M.A. requires 36 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $673.
$24,228 – Residents and Non-Residents

Credits Cost
1 $673
3 $2,019
6 $4,038
9 $6,057

Tuition and fees are usually not the only educational expenses you may have while pursuing a degree. You may have other costs such as books, supplies and living expenses. Please see the Estimate Costs and Aid webpage for how to estimate and plan for other potential expenses.

Courses and Curriculum

Online Teacher Leadership: Elementary Math Specialist M.A. Requirements

Major Requirements
A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for all coursework applied toward the major.

Core Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
C&I 625 Leadership Field Experiences and Clinical Practice 3
C&I 670 Practitioner Inquiry 3
C&I 672 Professional Learning Communities: Creating Spaces for Collaboration, Coaching, and Praxis 3
C&I 673 Teacher Leadership: Transforming Identities, Contexts, and Practices 3

Mathematics Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
MATH 510 Number Systems and Operations 3
MATH 511 Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning 3
MATH 512 Geometry and Measurement 3
MATH 513 Functions and Algebraic Reasoning 3

Mathematics Education Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
C&I 635 Selecting, Designing, and Using Mathematical Tasks in K-6 3
C&I 636 Learning Trajectories in Elementary Mathematics 3
C&I 637 Classroom Practices for Effective Learning Environments in Elementary Mathematics 3
C&I 638 Planning, Implementing, and Assessing Mathematics Instruction 3

Total Hours: 36

Your future in Teacher Leadership: Elementary Math Specialist Education

This degree will prepare you to be a teacher leader, working collaboratively with classroom teachers to plan standards-based mathematics lessons and units to deepen understanding of mathematical concepts and improve learning outcomes among K-12 students. As a teacher leader, you will also evaluate mathematics standards, textbooks, and standardized assessments to make recommendations for addressing learning and achievement gaps and will coach/model effective mathematics teaching practices.

The Benefits to Choosing Our Program

  • The Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership: Elementary Math Specialist offered by the College of Applied Human Sciences will prepare you to positively affect the lives of today’s youth, helping them to reach their full potential.
  • You will not only to become a more effective teacher in your classroom, but also to have influence within your school and beyond. Completing this master’s degree give you a greater understanding of mathematics teaching and learning and how to use the most up-to-date delivery methods in your classroom.

Career Outlook for Teacher Leadership: Elementary Math Specialist

Students who graduate from WVU Online with a Teacher Leadership: Elementary Math Specialist M.A. degree will prepare themselves for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities open to you with this degree.

Education Professor
Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Elementary School Teacher
Projected Growth: 3-4% *Bright Outlook

Instructional Coordinator
Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Education Administrator
Projected Growth: 3-4%

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational information network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete an online master’s degree in teacher leadership: elementary math specialist?

This online teacher leadership program can be completed in five semesters. Courses are conducted during Summer, Fall, and Spring sessions.

What kind of jobs can i get with a teacher leadership: elementary math specialist master’s degree?

There are many career paths a student could take with a Teacher Leadership: Elementary Math Specialist Master’s Degree, including:

  • Education Professor
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Tutor
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Education Administrator

What jobs are the highest paid in teacher leadership: math specialist education?

Curious about which careers would yield the highest salary? Here are the following highest-paid jobs in the Teacher Leadership: Math Specialist field:

  • Education Consultant - $104,528 according to
  • Education Administrator - $90,560 according to
  • Instructional Designer - $75,690 according to
  • Education Professor - $101,599 according to
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