Elementary Education (MA; Elementary Mathematics Education Certificate)

Master of Arts in Elementary Education
Graduate Certificate in Elementary Mathematics Education

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Reich College of Education

Susan Colby, Chair and Professor
colbysa@appstate.edu

Chrystal Dean, Graduate Degree Program Director and Associate Professor
deanco@appstate.edu

Kathleen Lynch-Davis, Graduate Certificate Program Director and Professor
lynchrk@appstate.edu


The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers the following programs related to elementary school teaching:

  • Master of Arts in Elementary Education (Major Code: 422A/13.1202)[T].
  • Graduate Certificate in Elementary Mathematics Education (Code: 711A/13.1202)

The master's program leads to North Carolina master-level (M) licensure in elementary school teaching. Students in the program will demonstrate their ability to:

  • Explain the theoretical and philosophical bases for educational practices as they relate to the elementary school curriculum, and the interrelationships of subjects.
  • Understand the nature of the elementary school-age learner in relation to the learning and evaluation process.
  • Utilize research techniques in the design and implementation of curricula and activities in classroom settings.
  • Concentrate in one or more of the instructional areas of the elementary school curriculum.
  • Make critical decisions by synthesizing information relative to the development of appropriate living/learning environments for children enrolled in elementary education.
  • Identify major movements, issues and trends impacting elementary education, including multicultural education, technology, students with special needs, and parent involvement.

The Graduate Certificate in Elementary Mathematics Education is designed for in-service elementary education teachers who wish to work toward an endorsement in mathematics.

Location of Program: This program is offered on campus in Boone in the format described in this Bulletin. Off-campus cohorts are started periodically, and follow a part-time extended program format. For information on upcoming off-campus cohorts, please contact the Office of Distance Education: distance.appstate.edu.

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS EDUCATION+

+Requirements for this graduate certificate leading to add-on license were designed, and have been approved
by the appropriate bodies at the state level, to meet the advanced competencies to receive the elementary
mathematics add-on license. In order to be eligible for the license, a candidate must possess an initial or a
master level NC license in elementary education and successfully complete a portfolio and comprehensive
exam.

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate or master's degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; clear initial or master's level NC elementary education teaching license.

Location: On Campus and Off Campus; Off-Campus cohorts begin periodically, and follow a part-time extended format.

 Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Elementary Mathematics Education (Code: 711A)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 18
 
Required Courses*
  • CI 5922: Number Systems & Operations: K-5 Mathematical Tasks
  • CI/MAT 5923: Geometry & Spatial Visualization: K-5 Assessment
  • CI/MAT 5924: Algebraic Reasoning: K-5 Discourse & Questioning
  • CI/MAT 5925: Data Analysis and Measurement: K-5 Classroom Interactions
  • CI 5926: Rational Numbers & Operations: K-5 Learning Trajectories
  • CI 5927: Mathematical Modeling: K-5 Leadership
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*Required courses must each be completed with a B or better to obtain the elementary mathematics add‐on license.

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION+

+Advanced Licensure: Requirements for this degree were designed, and have been approved by the appropriate bodies at the state level, to meet the advanced competencies as mandated in the North Carolina Excellent Schools Act for Master-level teacher education programs.

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE or MAT exam scores; North Carolina "A" license or the equivalent from another state*.

* Applicants who do not have an A level license in the area of Elementary Education will need to take Praxis II to receive M licensure in that area.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Location: On Campus and Off Campus; Off-Campus cohorts begin periodically, and follow a part-time extended format.

 Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Elementary Education (Code: 422A)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 39**
 
Required Courses
  • CI/SPE 5045: Advanced Topics in Diversity (3)
  • CI 5130: Recent Trends and Issues in Education (3)
  • CI 5525: Product of Learning (1+1+1=3)
  • CI/LSA 5585: Teacher Leadership and School Improvement (3)
  • CI 5591: Advanced Curriculum Design in Elementary Education (3)
  • CI 5630: Instructional Technology (3)
  • Choose one course from the two below:
    • CI/RE/RES/SPE 5040: Teacher as Researcher (3)
    • RES 5000: Research Methods (3)
  • Choose one course from the two below:
    • CI 5041: Assessment to Improve Learning and Inform Teaching (3)
    • RES 5560: Classroom Assessment (3)
  • Choose one course from the two below:
    • FDN 5840: Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3)
    • PSY 5555: Advanced Educational Psychology (3)
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Teaching Field Courses

Graduate courses selected from each of the content areas; math, science, social studies, and English language arts with the advice and approval of the academic advisor

  • Mathematics (choose one):
    • CI 5070: Advanced Study in Elementary School Mathematics (3)
    • Graduate level mathematics course (3)
  • Science (choose one):
    • CI 5075: Advanced Study in Elementary School Science (3)
    • Graduate level science course (3)
  • Social Studies (choose one):
    • CI 5080: Advanced Study in Elementary School Social Studies (3)
    • Graduate level course from a social studies area (3)
  • English Language Arts (choose one):
    • Graduate level course in RE or ENG (3)
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Other Requirements for the MA in Elementary Education:

  • Thesis: Not required
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Not required
  • Comprehensive: Not required
  • Product of Learning: Required

**Students without grades K-6 student teaching or teaching experience in grades K-6 must take CI 5900 Internship/Practicum (3 s.h.). This may result in the total number of hours exceeding 39 s.h.

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