Master of Arts in Education: Elementary Mathematics Science Specialist

NMSU-Mathematically Connected Communities (MC²), the New Mexico Legislature, and the NM Public Education Department (PED) have partnered for the 2-year EMSS Program.

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.

 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
Program Logistics

The EMSS is a six-semester hybrid program, beginning Fall 2021. The program uses a cohort model, participants will collaborate with peers from the entire state of NM. They will complete 34 credit hours and graduate in Summer 2023 with a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Elementary Mathematics and Science. 

The EMSS program follows a hybrid structure, participants and instructors will come together on the main NMSU campus in Las Cruces, NM for six in-person meetings per semester, happening during three weekends during each semester. Please see the tentative schedule below for dates and times. 

Course Schedule (by Semester):

Semester 1:

  • EDUC 571 - Elementary Mathematics Development 1
  • MATH 568 - Using Numbers Throughout the Curriculum

Semester 2:

  • EDUC 572 - Elementary Mathematics Development 2
  • MATH 564 - From Numbers to Algebra 

Semester 3:

  • EDUC 515 - Multicultural Education
  • ET 481 - Engineering for Elementary Teachers

Semester 4:

  • BIOL 565: Biology in the K-6 Classroom
  • MATH 567:  From Measurement to Geometry

Semester 5:

  • EDUC 573: Elementary Science Development
  • EDUC 519 - Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy

Semester 6:

  • EDUC 577: Leadership and Advocacy in Elementary Mathematics and Science
  • EDUC 597: Capstone Project


Contact Information

Terri Stockberger, EMSS Program Coordinator

Erika Acosta, EMSS Program Coordinator