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MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics

The sum of one and two will always be three and a parabola will always be u-shaped, but all great math teachers know that their field is in a constant state of change as its use expands. Between evolving state standards, cool new digital math games, and tablets so easy to use that PreK kids know to swipe right, there’s more value than ever in earning a master’s degree that brings relevance to your math instruction and gives you strategies to reach all kinds of learners — including those who have yet to see that they can “get” math.

With an emphasis on National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards, Concordia’s online MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics program addresses developmental learning, acquiring proficiency, problem-solving, and demonstrating understanding in mathematics for all children. You’ll also learn to utilize technology to improve student outcomes in the PreK-12 core curriculum.

Accredited, nonprofit, and taught by practitioners, all of Concordia’s online MEd programs reflect the same meaningful experience we’ve been delivering on campus since 1905. The convenience of 100 percent online, clearly defined coursework — paired with realistic deadlines and the ability to immediately apply what you learn in your classroom — makes our programs ideal for busy lifestyles. And the potential career benefits — from higher pay to promotions — are second only to the reward of having an everlasting impact on the lives of your students.

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NEXT START DATE
January 13th
MODALITIES
Online
Program Length 1 Year
Credits 30 Credit Hours
Accreditation NWCCU
SCHOLARSHIPS* Up to $3,000
100% online
100% online (no in-person field work required)
One year
Earn your MEd in one year, one class at a time, with built-in breaks
Updated curriculum
Curriculum is up-to-date and relevant
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Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
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Concordia is one of the most respected names in learning today
Positive career benefits
87% of our online MEd grads report positive career benefits as a result of their degree
20,000-strong alumni
20,000-strong alumni network
Satisfaction
93% of our online MEd grads say they are satisfied with their overall academic program experience

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives and requirements for the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics online degree program, successful candidates will also demonstrate:
Expertise in Evaluating Progress

Expertise in Evaluating Progress

Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress in relation to Oregon’s Common Core State Standards and specific district standards

Effective Instructional Skills

Effective Instructional Skills

Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs students

Classroom Diversity Skills

Classroom Diversity Skills

An understanding of the ways that the specific curricular/instructional area has the potential to be responsive to classroom diversity

Moral Leadership

Moral Leadership

A clear understanding of the moral leadership required of them as advanced scholars in the chosen area of curriculum and instruction

Differentiation

Differentiation

The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment results

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics is a 30 credit-hour program

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Core Courses
12 credits

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Mathematics
12 credits

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

Research Course 1
3 credits

The Master of Education culminates with the choice of either EDGR 698-Action Research or EDGR 696-Practitioner Inquiry. Either option provides candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.

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Research Course 2
3 credits   Select one of the following:

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

ON-CAMPUS/HYBRID OPTIONS

In addition to fully online, Concordia offers several Master of Education programs in an on-campus or hybrid format. See the options here.

Is the Master of Education in Mathematics concentration right for me?

Consider choosing this path if:

  • You could use an overview of the principles set forth by the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics
  • You want to better meet the needs of your learners through a developmental, constructivist approach
  • You’re interested in learning how you can incorporate technology into your teaching

Still unsure? We know we offer a lot of programs! Let’s talk more about your professional and personal goals.

Child Learning
The Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics program helped me to hone my skills of effectively differentiating lessons and understanding the differences in students. It is easy to teach an individual a lesson. It takes understanding and planning to meet the needs of all the students in a classroom.
TAMAR SHORR, MEd in Curriculum &amp Instruction:
Mathematics '17

MORE ON THE TOPIC OF MATHEMATICS

What makes this program so relevant today

Math teaches logical and critical thinking: Math requires discipline and critical thinking skills to find solutions for complex problems. When students master these thinking processes, that proficiency carries over into other areas of their lives and turns them into adept problem-solvers and critical thinkers.

Math is a necessary component of everyday life: Balancing a budget, paying our taxes, measuring a room, leaving a tip — math is a part of our daily lives. Fluency in math isn’t reserved for genius mathematicians. Everyone needs math!

Universal language: Mathematics is truly a universal language shared by all humans, transcending differences across cultures and religions. The concept of numeracy — or math literacy — connects individuals across continents and through time, and links ideas conceived from one profession to another.

A solid understanding of math helps people understand their world better: “There is no simpler, more fundamental way of expressing the universe than through the basic ideas of equality and inequality, which in turn lead to the concept of quantification, which lead to the concept of value and numbers (to expressed levels of inequality), and once we have numbers, the rest of mathematics seems to bloom from all around us.” – Futurism.com

Math encourages precision and persistence: Precision and persistence in math helps student to logically approach a problem and persevere until a solution is reached.

21st century jobs: Preparing our youth for competitive 21st century jobs will sustain our country’s economic growth. Graduates with strong math skills are in high demand for high-paying jobs in STEM (and STEAM) fields. But even non-STEM jobs require math. A filmmaker needs to create a budget for their project. Cashiers need the ability to calculate change. Business owners must balance their books and run payroll.

Sources: Why Is Math So Important for Kids to Learn? Elise Wile, LiveStrong.com; Why Early Math Education Is So Important, Huffington Post; Math is Foundational to 21st Century Success, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, July 11, 2017

Good math teachers help young learners discover the beauty and real-world relevance of math. Students are often resistant to math. Math instructors who can eliminate barriers to learning are in the highest demand. The Atlantic calls the I’m bad at math refrain America’s greatest “fallacy of inborn ability.” Professor of Psychology Carol Dweck, author of the now-famous Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, argues that intelligence is not fixed, but malleable. Her research indicates that when students believe they can learn and grow their intelligence, they are more likely to do so—a phenomenon she calls the “Growth Mindset.” Conversely, when students believe they can’t do something, they are more likely to be unsuccessful.

But is it really all in our heads? Researchers seem to think so. Alana Foley, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago in developmental psychology, notes, “There’s increasing reason to believe it’s a bidirectional relation. Poor performance in math can lead to mathematical anxiety, but there are also studies that point in the other direction; if you have math anxiety it disrupts your concentration.”

Sian Beilock, a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago, notes that parents who are anxious about math can pass that anxiety along to their children, creating a new generation of math-phobic learners.

Sources: Implicit theories of intelligence predict achievement across an adolescent transition: a longitudinal study and an intervention Blackwell LS1, Trzesniewski KH, Dweck CS, Child Dev. 2007 Jan-Feb;78(1):246-63; The Myth of ‘I’m Bad at Math’ Miles Kimball and Noah Smith, The Atlantic, October 2013; Fending Off Math Anxiety By Perri Klass, M.D., The New York Times, April, 2017.

In our Mathematics concentration, you’ll be able to make learning math a transformational process for students. You’ll learn:

  • The historical perspective and the theoretical foundations of mathematical teaching
  • How to develop a foundation for the teaching and learning of measurement and geometry, algebraic concepts, data analysis, and probability
  • How to set up a classroom, get to know the learners, assess learning styles and needs, and differentiate teaching strategies
  • How to teach math in a differentiated classroom with the strategic use of technology resources
  • Cognitive science, learning theory, and relevant teaching techniques

CAREER OUTCOMES

See where a Master's in education focused on math could take you

Planning to stay in your current teaching job? Many MEd graduates do! But in addition to potential benefits like increased salary and more self-confidence, an MEd could also expand your career opportunities within the education industry.

Potential careers include:

  • Higher education instructor: PreK–12 mathematics learning and teaching
  • Consultant/advisor in teaching mathematics (PreK–12)
  • Professional development (PreK–12), mathematics
  • Mathematics tutor
  • Program director, mathematics (PreK–12)
  • Learning and teaching mathematics (PreK–12) advisor to state legislatures/Congress
  • Curriculum director, mathematics (PreK–12)
  • Division or department chair, mathematics (PreK–12)
  • Lead grant writer: STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) local, state & federal grants

(Some states may require specific licensure for some of these positions. Check with your state’s Department of Education for more details.)

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