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Leadership in Mathematics Education Required Courses - Required Courses

(Students may enter this program any semester)

Required During First Semester

  • EDUC 500 Online Orientation - 0 credits
  • UNIV LIB Information, Research, and Resources - 0 credits

Required Courses

  • EADM 647 Educational Leadership in Mathematics I - 3 credits
  • EADM 648 Educational Leadership in Mathematics II - 3 credits
  • EADM 653 Technology Applications for School Mathematics Leaders - 3 credits
  • ECUR 601 Curriculum Studies and Trends in Mathematics - 3 credits
  • ETSP 656 Assessing & Teaching Mathematics to Students with Special Needs - 3 credits
  • MATH 641 Numbers, Systems and Operations for K-8 Teachers - 3 credits
  • MATH 642 Geometry and Measurement for K-8 Teachers - 3 credits
  • MATH 644 Algebra and Functions for K-8 Teachers - 3 credits
  • MATH 649 Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning for K-8 Teacher - 3 credits
  • MATH 651 Probability and Statistics for K-8 Teachers - 3 credits
  • MATH 663 Discrete Mathematics for K-8 Teachers - 3 credits
  • EFND 698 Professional Project - 2 credits

Total: 35 credits


Leadership in Mathematics Education Course Descriptions

EADM 647 Educational Leadership in Mathematics I (3) Essential characteristics, skills, and dispositions needed to maintain effective math education leadership roles in K-8 schools. In-depth review of national and state mathematics standards. On-site professional development models discussed with primary emphasis on the Content-Focused Coaching model by Lucy West.

EADM 648 Educational Leadership in Mathematics II (3) Field-based experience to develop and demonstrate skills for carrying out effective mathematics coaching in K-8 schools. Review of literature on best practices and case studies, and self-critique of videotaped coaching sessions.

EADM 653 Technology Applications for School Mathematics Leaders (3) Technology resources for learning mathematics and for leaders of mathematics education. Instructional applications through online resources, hand-held resources, and software packages that target the mathematical development of K-8 teachers and students. Includes management technologies for the mathematics leader.

ECUR 601 Curriculum Studies and Trends in Mathematics (3) Discusses big picture mathematics curricular design ideas, including history of mathematics curriculum, development of national and state standards, curriculum frameworks, and implementation of effective practices into K-8 schools. Reviews recent developments, research, and theoretical foundations of curricular concepts and practices in mathematics.

MATH 641 Numbers, Systems and Operations for K-8 Teachers (3) Historical numeration systems, base systems, representing numbers, combining numbers, relationships among numbers, and the nature of large and small numbers. Includes children's thinking, how they learn this basic mathematics, their problem- solving strategies, and how they construct their understandings of the base ten number system and arithmetic.

MATH 642 Geometry and Measurement for K-8 Teachers (3) Mathematical reasoning and geometric ideas through the study of topics in Euclidean geometry and measurement. Provides an appreciation for topics in other geometries such as nonEuclidean, fractal, and computational. Includes evaluating geometric thinking in grades K-8 using the van Hiele model of geometric thought. Prerequisite: MATH 649.

MATH 644 Algebra and Functions for K-8 Teachers (3) The mathematical underpinnings of algebra: patterns, variables, and functions. Includes modeling and interpreting graphs of linear and nonlinear functions (quadratic, polynomial, and exponential growth and decay.).as well as analyzing, interpreting, and assessing children's algebraic thinking in both written and oral communication. Prerequisite: MATH 649.

MATH 649 Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning for K-8 Teachers (3) Basic number strands in fractions and rational numbers, decimals, percentages, ratios, and proportions as identified in K-8 national and state standards. Includes interpretation, computation, and estimation to develop rational number concepts, skills, and proportional reasoning. Prerequisite: MATH 641.

MATH 651 Probability and Statistics for K-8 Teachers (3) Counting (i.e., combinatorics), probabilistic structures, data analysis, and reasoning. Includes common misconceptions in children's learning, and K-8 classroom applications to meet national and state standards. Includes interpreting children's probabilistic thinking, understanding how they learn these concepts and how to help build problem-solving strategies. Prerequisites: MATH 642 & MATH 644.

MATH 663 Discrete Mathematics for K-8 Teachers (3) Includes topics in discrete mathematics and implementation in both K-8 classrooms and in professional development programs for teachers. Review of national recommendations in discrete mathematics for schools, related educational literature, and how best to implement discrete mathematics in schools. Prerequisite: MATH 651.

EFND 698 Professional Project (2) Before the awarding of a degree, successfully complete a culminating experience. For most, the project will consist of providing evidence, in the form of a portfolio, that critical program competencies have been met.

Application Process - Leadership in Mathematics Education

  • Step 1: Application and Application Fee
  • Step 2: Official Transcripts
  • Step 3: Online Writing Sample
  • Step 4: Admissions Interview

*Additional pieces may be required by the admissions committee.

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