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Under the VMSC Statewide Masters Programs, participating universities collaborate to offer professional development opportunities leading to master’s degrees in combinations of science, mathematics, and/or education and leadership for teachers of science and mathematics across Virginia. These programs utilize the resources of science, mathematics and education faculty in universities statewide through on-site, summer institute and distance learning courses. Frequently, special tracks within the program are designed and appropriate new courses developed to meet the needs of identified cohorts of teachers, often with support from grants or other specific sources of funds.

Initial financial support for the administration of the VMSC Statewide Masters Programs has been provided as a part of the following grants totaling more than 20 million dollars to Virginia Commonwealth University from the National Science Foundation. The proposals for these grants were submitted in conjunction with the Virginia Mathematics & Science Coalition:

  • Institute: Preparing Virginia's Mathematics Specialists - National Science Foundation MSP Program EHR-0412324
  • Mathematics Specialists in K-5 Schools: Research & Policy Pilot Study - National Science Foundation TPC Program ESI-0353360
  • MSP Institute: Mathematics Specialists in Middle Schools - National Science Foundation MSP Program DUE-0926537
  • Researching the Expansion of K-5 Mathematics Specialist Program in Rural School Systems - National Science Foundation Discovery Research K-12 DRL-0918223