EDCI 650 TRENDS IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION (3 credits)
Recent developments in educational thinking and practice which have affected the curriculum in mathematics. (Fall semester, evening)
* EDCI 651 TEACHING AND LEARNING MATHEMATICS IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL (3 credits)
Prerequisites: Enrollment in a University of Maryland certification program; bachelor’s degree in mathematics or related field; and 2 semesters of calculus. Objectives, selection and organization of subject matter, appropriate methods, lesson plans, textbooks, technology and other instructional materials; assessment of student learning and other topics pertinent to secondary mathematics education. Internship or other placement in a secondary mathematics classroom is required.
* EDCI 652 TEACHING AND LEARNING MATHEMATICS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (3 credits)
Strategies and methodologies for the teaching of elementary school mathematics based on current research and theories about how children learn mathematics. Attention is given to professional recommendations and teaching practices that foster communication, reasoning, and reflection in the mathematics classroom. Internship or other placement in an elementary classroom is required.
EDCI 653 PROBLEM SOLVING AND INNOVATIVE THINKING IN THE MATH CLASSTOOM (3 credits)
Prerequisites: EDCI 352 (or equivalent); experience teaching mathematics at the K-8 level. The goal of this course is to support students to re-imagine the mathematics learning environment, re-think mathematics instruction, and re-consider the mathematics curriculum so that we open the door to the development of powerful problem-solving skills and innovative thinking. (Summer session course)
EDCI 654 ASSESSING MATHEMATICAL UNDERSTANDING (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EDCI 650 or permission of department. Techniques of assessing K-12 students' understanding of mathematics - including standardized tests, but focusing on alternative forms such as individual interviews, writing tasks, performance tasks, portfolios. Mathematics assessment viewed as an ongoing part of instruction. (Every other Spring Semester, evening)
EDCI 657 UNDERSTANDING AND ENGAGING STUDENTS’ CONCEPTIONS OF MATHEMATICS (3 credits)
Prerequisites: Experience teaching mathematics at some grade K - 14 or permission of department. Research related to K-14 students’ common errors in and (mis)understandings of mathematics. Instructional strategies useful in building on errors and amending students’ conceptions. (Every other Spring Semester, evening)
* Certification course for master’s level students.