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School of Education - George Mason University
Deepen your knowledge of mathematics education so you can bring exciting, cutting-edge curriculum and instruction to your students and school.

Mason’s Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) K–8 mathematics concentration combines the study of mathematics content with the study of mathematics education research, curriculum, leadership, and assessment. Students in this concentration will learn the ins and outs of how to spark their own students’ love of mathematics learning.

What Are Some Benefits of This Degree Concentration?

  • Grow your career with the advantages of a master’s degree, including the possibility of increased pay and the opportunity to be a curriculum leader in your school.
  • Aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the courses help teachers think and practice with the same level of reflection and skill as Board-certified educators.

Who Should Apply?

This concentration is for teachers and other educators with one or more years of teaching or education-related experience who want to continue to grow professionally as mathematics educators. Educators holding a bachelor's degree with or without a master's degree may apply for the full master's degree program, which includes 12 credits of ASTL core courses and 18 credits of mathematics education courses. This is not an initial licensure program.

What are some of the program's strengths?

The program offers advanced study in literacy, flexible program of study, and instruction in and through digital technologies. Aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the courses help teachers think and practice with the same level of reflection and skill as Board-certified educators.

Can I use graduate credits from other universities to reduce my course load?

Possibly! University policy allows for up to 12 credits (depending on the program) that have not been previously used to complete a degree to be transferred from another accredited graduate program. Consultation with an ASTL advisor is necessary to determine if and which courses may be acceptable to a specific concentration. The literacy: K-12 reading specialist concentration does not allow for substitutions. Substitutions cannot be made for the five core courses of the ASTL program (EDUC 612, EDUC 613, EDUC 614, EDUC 606, EDUC 615). Course work that is older than six years will not be accepted, even if the courses were taken at Mason.