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Master's Degree in Elementary Mathematics

Learn about master degrees and course topics in elementary math education. Explore program prerequisites, areas of study, practical training and online schooling options.

What Master's Degrees in Elementary Mathematics Can I Earn?

A degree in elementary mathematics focuses on math that is taught in elementary schools, though some programs extend through secondary school grades. Many universities offer a Master of Arts in Elementary Mathematics or a Master of Arts in Elementary Education with a concentration in mathematics, for teachers of K-8 grades. A Master of Science in Mathematics with a teaching option typically prepares you for teaching K-12 math. Some elementary education master's degree programs focus in both science and math.

ProgramsMaster of Arts in Elementary Mathematics, Master of Arts in Elementary Education with Mathematics focus, Master of Science in Mathematics with a teaching option.
PrerequisitesBachelor's degree in elementary education or mathematics. Some colleges may require teaching experience or math placement exam.
CourseworkCurriculum development and theory, child development, problem solving, number theory and research.
Online ProgramsOnline options available and require the use of online tools to communicate with instructors and classmates.
Median Salary (2018)$58,230 (for elementary school teachers)*
Job Outlook (2016-26)7% growth (for all elementary school teachers)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

How Do I Prepare For This Degree?

The two bachelor's degrees that prepare you for a master's degree program are elementary education and mathematics. Some colleges require applicants to their education master's degrees to have prior teaching experience. For admission to the math teaching programs, you may be required to take a math placement exam to prove proficiency.

What Will My Curriculum Entail?

Many courses focus on math and education, covering algebra, geometry, probability, decimals and percentages for elementary students. Pedagogy classes include allowing students to learn through experience, as well as other teaching strategies for your own classroom if you are a current teacher. Some colleges require a practicum for teaching experience. Courses for elementary math master's degrees may include:

  • Curriculum development and theory
  • Child development
  • Problem solving
  • History of math
  • Number theory
  • Research for teachers

Can I Earn this Degree Online?

This degree can be earned over the Internet or through distance learning programs. Many students in master's degree programs for elementary mathematics are already working grade school teachers. Through online, evening and weekend courses, you are able to complete your degree without a sabbatical.

Classes are generally held through online videos. Exams are given over the Internet and readings are provided either through texts or online. Assignments and assessments are completed via e-mail.