Graduate Studies: Middle School Mathematics Teaching and Learning
Master’s of Education Program Option: Teaching and Learning in the Middle School
The Master’s of Education Program Option: Teaching and Learning in the Middle School is currently offered only with emphasis in Middle School Mathematics Teaching and Learning. This is a 30-credit program intended for teachers already certified in elementary education and/or special education who are or plan to teach in subject matter classrooms at the middle school level. The current option with emphasis in mathematics education is a cohort-only program offered in partnership with the Mathematics Department at the University of Maryland and the Montgomery County Public Schools.
The curriculum framework for the Middle School Mathematics Teaching and Learning
A. Mathematics/Mathematics Education Integrated Courses
- 3 courses, 9 credits
These are curriculum-referenced courses in mathematics education that focus on the content taught as part of that curriculum and the design, pedagogy, and student learning issues associated with the effective implementation of the courses. These would be offered at the 600 level as special topics courses. For the initial cohort aimed at serving the EDCI-MCPS Partnership, these new courses are being developed jointly by EDCI-Math Ed faculty and Math Department faculty with consultation from MCPS.
B. Mathematics Courses (related to Integrated courses)
- 3 courses, 9 credits
These are three content courses that are intended to deepen the middle school teacher’s understanding of the subject matter beyond that specific to a particular middle school level course of study. Courses forcus on Algebra, geometry, and data analysis & statistics.
C. Mathematics Education Curriculum and Pedagogy –
3 courses, 9 credits
These are courses on issues, assessment and curriculum that are part of the M.Ed. Program in Mathematics Education and in which the candidates will study positions and review theory and research that helps them see themselves in relation to the broader field of mathematics education.
D. Research/Inquiry Methods – 1 course, 3 credits
This course provides for foundations in quantitative and/or qualitative inquiry and analysis and engages the candidate in the completion of a classroom-based inquiry project.
I. MATHEMATICS/ MATHEMATICS EDUCTION INTEGRATED COURSES
EDCI 655 Teaching and Learning Algebra in the Middle School
EDCI 656 Teaching and Learning Statistics in the Middle School
EDCI 645 Teaching and Learning Geometry in the Middle School
II. MATHEMATICS COURSES
MATH 480 Algebra for Middle School Teachers
MATH 481 Statistics and Data Analysis for Middle School Teachers
MATH 482 Geometry for Middle School Teachers
III. MATHEMATICS EDUCATION CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY
EDCI 650 Trends in Mathematics Education
EDCI 654 Assessing Mathematical Understanding
EDCI 657 Understanding and Engaging Students’ Conceptions of Mathematics
IV. Research/Inquiry Methods
EDCI 698 (3 credits) or EDCI 696
Additional Requirements for Completion: comprehensive exam or professional portfolio
One research/inquiry seminar paper