M.ED. TEACHING AND LEARNING MATHEMATICS IN THE MIDDLE GRADES
This is a 30-credit program intended for teachers already certified in elementary education, special education, or in ESOL who are or plan to teach in subject matter classrooms in the middle grades (4th- 9th grade). This is a cohort-only program offered in partnership with the Mathematics Department at the University of Maryland and local school districts.
Mathematics education faculty joined efforts with University faculty in the Department of Mathematics and with mathematics specialists from Montgomery County and Prince George’s Public Schools to define a cohort master's degree program. This degree program initiated with the support of several Improving Teacher Quality grants from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, which allowed its development through collaboration across disciplines and research.
What is this program?
This multi-year, content-based masters’ program prepares teachers to become highly qualified middle grades mathematics teachers. This research-based program involves coursework in mathematics content, mathematics education, curriculum-based integrated content and pedagogy courses, as well as an action research course.
What is the outcome?
In addition to the Master’s Degree from the UMCP, MSDE has recognized our program as a suitable set of courses to be used by certified teachers seeking an add-on endorsement in middle grades mathematics. This recognition will allow teachers to submit credits of our coursework as part of the 30 credits needed to request an add-on endorsement to their elementary certification for middle school mathematics.
What pedagogical experiences do we include?
The structure of the program includes school-based components including: teachers visit each other’s classrooms; strands on inquiry, analysis of assessments, case studies, etc.
The program includes 10 of the following courses:
A. Mathematics Education Pedagogy Courses - 3 courses (9 credits)
TLPL 611 Teaching and Learning Number in the Middle Grades Curriculum
B. Mathematics Courses (related to Pedagogy 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 focus on Algebra, data analysis & statistics, and geometry or number.
MATH 487 Number for Middle School Teachers
C. Mathematics Education Curriculum and Pedagogy - 3 courses (9 credits)
These are courses on assessment, curriculum, and students' mathematical understanding 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.
TLPL 610 Trends in 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.
TLPL 698 Conducting Research on Teaching
Students are responsible for payment of tuition to UM at the standard UM rates in effect during the semester in which classes are taken. The outreach off-campus tuition is about the rate of the in-state campus’ tuition. Students are responsible for payment of fees instituted by The Universities at Shady Grove and the home campus technology fee. University of Maryland Tuition and Fees.
Many school districts offer tuition reimbursement. For example, MCPS will provide teacher tuition reimbursement of 50% of the tuition. MCPS University Partnerships. It is not a requirement to be in MCPS to join this cohort.
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All Students must submit a Graduation Candidate application the semester of planned graduation. Graduate students should refer to graduation overview for additional requirements. Please visit the diploma guidelines webpage for more information regarding diplomas.