M.A. in Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teaching Elementary and Middle School Mathematics
The program is mathematics-content oriented with a focus on content-specific pedagogy, mathematics teaching in diverse settings, and current Illinois educator and student standards. Students study elementary and middle school mathematics content from an advanced perspective, exploring the underlying concepts with the goal of improving their teaching of elementary and middle school mathematics. The program is designed for teachers who wish to improve their level of competence in mathematics or wish to serve as Elementary or Middle School Mathematics Specialists, Coordinators of Elementary or Middle School Mathematics Programs, or Teachers of Elementary or Middle School Mathematics. Successful completion of the program leads to a middle school mathematics endorsement.
In Illinois, the number of employed elementary and middle school teachers is expected to increase from 117,310 in 2008 to 136,310 in 2018. In addition, The Chicago Public Schools Policy Manual requires that teachers of middle school mathematics be recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education as Middle Grade Content Area Specialists in Mathematics and that a sufficient number of teaching positions be programmed for Middle Grades Content Area Specialist teachers. The MA program is designed to prepare its graduates for these positions.
MTHE-401 Number Systems and Operations
MTHE-402 Patterns, Functions, and Algebra
MTHE-403 Geometry and Measurement
MTHE-404 History of Mathematics
MTHE-438 Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability
MTHE-450 Equitable Mathematics Teaching
MTHE-451 Research Trends
MTHE-496 Graduate Seminar
ELED-403 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary and Middle Schools
Total 30 cr.
The University has regional accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition, the university also is accredited through several disciplinary bodies.
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Average Cost per Credit (Graduate):
In-state $364.60 Out-of-state $671.60 USD
Master's College or University I
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