Master of Arts in Education: Elementary Mathematics Science Specialist

Our Vision: To develop Elementary Mathematics and Science Specialists in New Mexico school districts who are experts in elementary mathematics and science content and research-based elementary pedagogy, who possess the leadership skill set, and who have the disposition to be advocates for student learning, teacher support, and community involvement at the classroom, school, district, and state levels.
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Program Design

This program of study integrates and focuses on mathematical, scientific, and instructional competencies which are organized into three critical areas of professional growth:

  1. Content knowledge for teaching and understanding elementary mathematics and science
  2. Pedagogical knowledge for teaching students mathematics and science
  3. Leadership skills and knowledge


NMSU-Mathematically Connected Communities (MC²), the New Mexico Legislature, and the NM Public Education Department (PED) have partnered for the 2-year EMSS Pilot Program beginning in Fall 2019. Pilot program teachers will highly influence the success of the first EMSS program in the state of New Mexico.

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Important to Remember

August 12-20, 2019   Graduate School Registration Window   Fall 2019 Course Schedule*

  • EDUC 501
  • MATH 568

 *Two courses required per semester


August 21-31, 2019   Graduate School Late Registration Window  
September 7, 2019   Meeting Day 1: First Day of Classes  
September 28, 2019
  Meeting Day 2
October 26, 2019
  Meeting Day 3
November 16-17, 2019
  Meeting Days 4-5
December 7, 2019
  Meeting Day 6
July 2020
  Summer Academy (3 Weeks)
July 2021
  Summer Academy (3 Weeks)


Program Logistics

This is a hybrid program, meaning that we will meet on the main NMSU campus in person six times per semester, all on a weekend basis. For example, our first class meeting is Saturday, September 7th, and each meeting day will be no more than 7 hours, such as from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Participants will also do 4-8 hours of online work a week, which includes team meetings and discussions, etc.


Contact Information

Erika Acosta, EMSS Program Coordinator