Program Description

One of the first of its kind, this program prepares teachers to take on leadership roles as K-8 mathematics specialists. Designed for working professionals, this master’s degree program focuses on the study of mathematics content and pedagogy, curriculum, and professional development. Students explore school-based leadership issues, and an internship provides individual experience designed and developed in consultation with a faculty advisor or mentor. This program leads to Virginia state licensure as a K-8 mathematics specialist.

What it costs

The cost for this program is $687.00 per credit hour for VA state residents or $887.00 per credit hour for Non-VA residents. See the Cost tab below for a breakdown of tuition and fees. All of Mason’s tuition rates and fees can be found on our Student Accounts site.

Application Deadline

This program has an application deadline of April 1 for Fall and November 1 for Spring. For all application information and deadlines, see the CEHD Admissions site. 

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Program Summary

70 Percent Online

Program: Education Leadership

Concentration: Mathematics Specialist Leader (K-8)

Degree: MEd

College/School: College of Education and Human Development

Credits: 30 total

Who should apply?

Designed for working professionals, the MEd in Mathematics Education Leadership offers courses in the evenings, with some courses available fully online. The concentration focuses on mathematics education leadership with specific course work in mathematics content for the K-8 school setting.

The Math Specialist Leader (K-8) program is not an initial licensure program. Individuals seeking initial certification as a teacher should contact the Elementary Education or Secondary Education face-to-face programs.

Students who already have a Master’s should have their transcripts evaluated by the state to determine which courses are still needed. The academic program coordinator can assist with finding courses for the endorsement once an evaluation has been completed.

Why choose George Mason?

  • Designed for working professionals, the program can be completed in 3 years with some courses offered entirely or partially online.
  • Students gain a deeper understanding of the mathematics content of the K-8 classroom and its connections to advanced mathematics, as math content exams are a required assessment in these courses.
  • The internship in Mathematics Education Leadership (EDCI 702) offers an individualized experience, designed and developed in consultation with a faculty advisor or mentor.

Program requirements are subject to change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements.

Several courses required for this program are offered as fully online or hybrid online courses. Online availability varies per semester. Please contact your program advisor for more information.

Required Courses: 30 credits total

  • EDCI 644 Mathematics Learning and Assessment (K-8) | 3 credits (fully online synchronous)
  • EDCI 645 Curriculum Development in Mathematics Education | 3 credits (fully online synchronous)
  • EDCI 646 Mathematics Education Leadership for School Change | 3 credits (fully online synchronous)
  • EDCI 666 Research in Mathematics Teaching | 3 credits (fully online synchronous)
  • EDCI 702 Internship in Mathematics Education | 3 credits (fully online synchronous)
  • MATH 610 Number Systems and Number Theory for K-8 Teachers | 3 credits (face-to-face only)
  • MATH 611 Geometry and Measurement for K-8 Teachers | 3 credits (fully online synchronous)
  • MATH 612 Probability and Statistics for K-8 Teachers | 3 credits (face-to-face only)
  • MATH 613 Algebra and Functions for K-8 Teachers | 3 credits (face-to-face only)
  • MATH 614 Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning for K-8 Teachers | 3 credits (face-to-face only)

Tuition (2019-2020)

Virginia Resident$506.00
Non-Virginia Resident$706.00
Distance Learning Fee$35.00
Mandatory Student fee$146.00
Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit$687.00
Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit$887.00
Graduate New Student Fee$60 (non-refundable, one-time fee)

Please Note: In addition to the tuition and fees described above, various course and lab fees may be assessed depending on the course(s) in which the student is enrolled. Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.

VA state residents who are eligible can apply for the 15% PreK-12 VA Educators Discount.

Financial Aid

For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Also, many school districts offer tuition reimbursement options. Speak to your employer for more information.

Career Opportunities

The Mathematics Education Leadership Program prepares individuals for a variety of leadership positions in mathematics education. The 30-credit Math Specialist Leader K-8 concentration is unique for individuals who desire part-time study to become specialists in the teaching and leadership of school mathematics. Students study teaching, research, curriculum, and mathematics content, exploring school-based leadership issues in mathematics education.

As a Mason student, you may contact the George Mason Career Services center for more career information and counseling.

Further Studies

The Mathematics Education Leadership Program also offers a unique PhD in Education with a Specialization in Mathematics Education Leadership face-to-face program, which prepares individuals for high level leadership positions in mathematics education, including college or university faculty and researchers, school and central office leaders, curriculum and instructional materials developers, state and national agency leaders, and mathematics education consultants.

Academic OfficeMathematics Education Leadership
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Phone: (703) 993-3640
Fax: (703) 993-9380
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All applicants should review the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) Admissions page. For international applicants, see guidelines for International Graduate Requirements.


  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of study (Some applicants with a lower GPA may be admitted provisionally if there is sufficient evidence of potential success)
  • Three years of documented, successful, full-time teaching experience in an accredited public or non-public school (Exceptions to this requirement may be addressed with the program coordinator)

Application Materials

  • Graduate application
  • Application fee
  • Goals statement (750-1000 words) addressing the reasons for choosing math education as your profession
  • Two sealed official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants do not need to send in transcripts for courses taken at George Mason University)
  • Three letters of recommendation from former or current employers and/or university professors targeting work experiences and academic abilities
  • Interview required

If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the CEHD Admissions Office at or (703) 993-2010.