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The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved a 24 hour Elementary Mathematics Specialist certification. Such a program is being offered through collaboration among NW, MSU, MU, SEMO, and UCM. Each university in the collaboration will deliver designated content courses and make them available to students at all five universities using online classes and blend formats of online with approximately six face-to-face sessions. Students declaring Northwest as their home university will register for all of their classes through NW and pay NW tuition rates, regardless of which institution is offering the course. NW faculty will teach and supervise all of the Seminar and Internship classes for NW enrolled students.
The program includes a mathematics content course (3 credit hours) and a sister seminar and internship course (1 credit hour) each fall and spring trimester for two years. The Data and Probability course (no associated Seminar and Practicum) and two leadership courses will be taught during summers. Other courses that will complete the MSEd Elementary Mathematics will also be taught during the summer.
The course content in each of the mathematics content courses align with the content in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM, 2010) and the recommendations in the Mathematical Education of Teachers (MET) books (Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences CBMS).
The seminar and internship courses will help teachers take the new mathematics content and use it appropriately in their elementary classrooms. The leadership courses provide instruction specific to the coaching of teachers in mathematics pedagogy and sharing mathematics issues with school and district stakeholders. Instruction in these courses will also focus on understanding assessment data and using that at the classroom, school, and district levels to improve student learning.
Dr. Jennifer Wall
Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001
The call to improve student achievement in mathematics is particularly challenging at the elementary level where teachers generally receive limited specialized training in mathematics or mathematics pedagogy. In order to address this demand for highly-trained mathematics teachers who may act as administrators and supervisors of mathematics programs, mathematics coaches, and teachers of mathematics at the elementary level, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has established an advanced certification of Elementary Mathematics Specialist. This program is designed to prepare students for this certification by offering in-depth study of grade appropriate mathematics as specified in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (2010), supervised application of pedagogy and leadership training.
Subject Field Requirements
|Math 17-623||Data and Probability for Elementary Mathematics Specialists||3|
|Math 17-625||Number and Operation for Elementary Mathematics Specialists||3|
|Math 17-626||Rational Number and Ratio and Proportional Relationships for Elementary Mathematics Specialists||3|
|Math 17-627||Algebraic Reasoning for Elementary Mathematics Specialists||3|
|Math 17-628||Geometry and Measurement for Elementary Mathematics Specialists||3|
|EdCI 62-623||Mathematical Leadership for Elementary Mathematics Specialists: Foundations||2|
|EdCI 62-624||Mathematical Leadership for Elementary Mathematics Specialists: Influencing and Facilitating Improvement||3|
|EdCI 62-625||Seminar and Internship in Numbers and Operations||1|
|EdCI 62-626||Seminar and Internship in Rational Numbers and Proportional Thinking||1|
|EdCI 62-627||Seminar and Internship in Algebraic Reasoning||1|
|EdCI 62-628||Seminar and Internship in Geometry and Measurement||
|Math 17-681||Curriculum Construction in Mathematics||3|
|Math 17-622||Introduction to Research Methods for the Social Sciences||1|
|Math 17-624||Research Project||1|
|Subject Field Requirements (see Certification)||24|
Any advisor-approved graduate course from any department may be selected as an elective providing the student will have completed 16 semester hours at the 600 level. These may include any of the prerequisite courses that have not been completed. They must be taken at the graduate level to be applied to the M.S.Ed. degree.