Why UM-Flint

The MA in Mathematics Education for Elementary and Early Childhood Educators is currently on program moratorium. However, interested students should still inquire about future semester offerings by emailing the program director, Dr. Elizabeth Cunningham. 

What Sets UM-Flint's Program Apart?


The curriculum of this program includes mathematical topics such as: numeracy, matching, sorting, patterns, sets, counting, number operations, measurement, spatial relationships, shapes, geometry, additive reasoning, multiplicative reasoning, and fractions. The curriculum also includes the study of learning trajectories and pedagogical best practices for teaching mathematics.


The roles of Elementary Mathematics Specialists vary according to the needs and plans of their districts, but their expertise and experience are critical to childhood education. At the classroom level, they take the lead across multiple platforms and age groups. At the school or district level, they work as teacher-coaches in a professional development capacity, or lead school improvement efforts. This MA program positions you to pursue these possibilities and more.


MA in Mathematics Education for Elementary and Early Childhood Educators courses are taught by expert faculty who bring real-world knowledge and experiences to their instruction. Your devoted faculty mentors will guide and support you in learning the real-world applications of your classroom lessons. University of Michigan-Flint faculty members are regularly published and involved in ongoing research, proposal writing, and other scholarly activities.


Course schedules are designed to accommodate the unique needs of working professionals through a mixture of two one-week, face-to-face summer sessions on campus; and fall and winter classes that combine online learning and in-person Saturday meetings on campus. The third summer session will be a mixed-mode research seminar that leads into the final capstone class.


You’ll complete the program with a small cohort of fellow early childhood and elementary teachers who share your passion for improving math education. This cohort structure allows for a lot of interaction with peers and faculty alike, and enables students to develop strong relationships and support networks to further their personal and professional development. Class projects create a collaborative environment that allow you to build practical skills.


As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan system, UM-Flint students can tap additional resources, expertise and contacts at the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses. “Maize and Blue through and through,” our supportive community provides students with invaluable assistance in research, networking and other initiatives.



Summer 1

  • EDM 500 - Number and Operations I (3)
  • EDM 502 - Number and Operations II (3)

Fall 1

  • EDM 510 - Early Childhood Mathematics (4)

Winter 1

  • EDM 530 - Mathematics and Formative Assessment (4)

Summer 2

  • EDM 520 - Children's Algebraic Thinking (3)
  • EDM 522 - Children's Geometry and Measurement (3)

Fall 2

  • EDM 512 - Promoting Equity through Classroom Discussions (4)

Winter 2

  • EDM 532 - Curriculum and Leadership in Mathematics Education (4)


  • EDE 670 - Research Seminar (3)

Fall 3

  • EDM 680 - Early Childhood and Elementary Mathematics Education Capstone (4)

Additional information on the Master of Arts in Mathematics Education for Elementary and Early Childhood Education including course descriptions can be found in the catalog



• Admission requires a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
• A minimum of two years teaching experience is also required (for questions on teaching experience, please contact the program director, Dr. Elizabeth Cunningham)


To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to FlintGradOffice@umich.edu or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation from 1) principal or equivalent, 2) an academic reference who can speak to your capabilities as a learner
  • Essays on the following topics
    • In approximately 1000 words describe the key challenges faced by your school district to offer students an effective mathematics education. In particular, explain how you work to assist students who are mathematically behind their peers.
    • In approximately 500 words include a self-assessment of your understanding of the (grade appropriate) mathematics curriculum and your knowledge of successful approaches to teaching mathematics.
  • International Students: Submit additional documentation. Visit umflint.edu/international for details. This program is an online program with mandatory on-campus meetings. Students admitted to this program are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa). Students with all other visa types are eligible.

Application Deadlines

*The Summer 2020 cohort will not be running. All applicants can apply to the Summer 2021 cohort option.

To be considered for admissions by the MA in Mathematics Education for Elementary and Early Childhood Educators program, all application materials must be submitted on or before:

Summer - May 15

Dr. Matt Wyneken

“At the very center of the way we will revolutionize mathematics education in this country will be the elementary and early childhood mathematics specialists who support classroom mathematics instruction.”