Students enrolled in the Mathematics program must complete:
- Four core courses required for the Curriculum & Instruction degree
- Foundation courses for the specific concentration
MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Core Courses
EDGR 502 (3)
Developing Character Through the Curriculum
This course will provide teachers with the resources and skills necessary to integrate character themes and character development into their school curriculum. It provides a forum in which to discuss and develop one's own moral perspectives on the basis of generally accepted criteria.
EDGR 535 (3)
Theories of Teaching and Learning
This course is designed to provide leaders with the latest psychological research about learning and guide them in exploring ways to directly apply these precepts to their current work setting. Topics will include cognitive science, learning theory, and relevant teaching theories that utilize this information. The course will fuse the latest biological and psychological understanding of how the brain learns so candidates can harness this knowledge and apply it directly to learning situations.
EDGR 595 (3)
Community of Learners
Relationships constructed on trust are critical for an efficient, collegial, collaborative workplace. This course challenges candidates to confront the tremendous diversity in their current environment and develop strategies to build community in the midst of the social, ethnic, economic and alternative lifestyle differences that permeate today's 21st century workplace. In sum, this course stresses the critical importance of creating community in the workplace and illustrates how that community, once established, can generate an efficient, supportive, and positive work place.
EDGR 602 (3)
Contemporary Educational Thought
Candidates identify, review, and analyze major trends and issues impacting the contemporary state and national educational scenes. Each class session provides students with an opportunity to evaluate the advantages and liabilities of current educational reforms and issues from the perspective of prevailing educational research as well as from their own personal beliefs and current work environment. Candidates will also consider how they can impact and influence change in their own workplace.
*This course is offered in a seminar format online, which consists of three one-week (1 credit) courses that are taken throughout the program.
MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Mathematics
EDCI 526 (3)
Foundational Mathematics Concepts
This course presents an overview of the principles set forth by the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics and is designed for teaching all learners: Equity, Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Assessment. In the study of the historical perspective and the theoretical foundations of mathematical teaching, close attention is given to the connection between theorists and practical application in the classroom. Emphasis is placed on transformational learning based in a developmental, constructivist approach.
EDCI 536 (3)
Learning and Teaching Measurement and Geometry
This course will guide teachers in the development of a foundation for the teaching and learning of measurement and geometry through transformational learning based on a developmental, constructivist approach. Numbers and operations are woven into the study of measurement and geometry in a meaningful, integrated manner. Emphasis is placed on student and teacher thinking, lesson planning, transformational teaching methods, the use of technology as an integral part of teaching and learning math, and assessment.
This course will foster a deeper understanding of pk-12 national standards, as well as the three NCTM curriculum focal points for each grade level (pk-12), in order to strengthen a teacher's thinking and perceptions of geometry as well as instructional practices which effectively increase student understanding of measurement and geometry.
EDCI 546 (3)
Learning and Teaching Algebraic Concepts, Data Analysis and Probability
This course will guide teachers in the development of a foundation for the learning and teaching of algebraic concepts, data analysis, and probability through transformational learning based on a developmental, constructivist approach. Numbers and operations are woven into the study of algebra, data analysis, and probability in a meaningful integrated manner. Emphasis is placed on student and teacher processing of algebra, on lesson planning, transformational teaching methods, the use of technology as an integral part of learning and teaching math, and assessment.
EDCI 556 (3)
Transformative Mathematics in the Differentiated Classroom
The focus of this course is transformational learning and teaching that meets the needs of all learners through a developmental, constructivist approach. There will be an emphasis on setting up the classroom, getting to know the learners, assessing learning styles and needs, differentiated teaching strategies including interactive age-appropriate games and manipulatives, and providing anchor activities to solidify learning. Technology is considered an integral part of learning and teaching math in the differentiated classroom and will include the strategic use of technology resources such as SmartBoard technology, digital tools, computers, calculators, online digital games, and podcasts along with Internet-based resources. The course will provide a plethora of practical ideas for making math a positive and transformational experience for teachers and learners alike.
Research Course 1
EDGR 601 (3)
This course provides students with the basic competencies necessary to understand and evaluate the research of others, and to plan their own research with a minimum of assistance. This course includes the basics of both qualitative and quantitative research.
Research Course 2
The Master of Education culminates with one of three additional research courses:
Any of the above options provide candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.