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Introduction 

The Master of Arts (MA) in Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teaching Elementary and Middle School Mathematics program at Northeastern Illinois University 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.

The MA 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. Successful completion of the program leads to a middle school mathematics endorsement.

Admission to the Program 

Students must have successfully completed 6 or more credit hours of college mathematics content courses. Students must fulfill the requirements for admission to the Graduate College. Students must hold a current Illinois teaching certificate for teaching elementary or middle school. Applications must include an essay (not to exceed 1000 words) describing a successful or unsuccessful elementary or middle grades mathematics lesson taught by the applicant. Essays must address mathematics content, teaching and learning.

Degree Requirements 

All courses listed below are required. Students must have completed at least 24 program hours by the time they complete MTHE 496. Course sequence must be chosen in consultation with the MA advisor. All courses are 3 credit hours.

Courses 

MTHE 401 - Number Systems and Operations for Elementary and Middle School Teachers MTHE 402 - Patterns, Functions, and Algebra for Elementary and Middle School Teachers MTHE 403 - Geometry and Measurement for Elementary and Middle School Teachers MTHE 404 - History of Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers MTHE 438 - Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability for Elementary and Middle School Teachers MTHE 439 - Technology for Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Teachers MTHE 450 - Equitable Mathematics Teaching for Elementary and Middle School Teachers MTHE 451 - Research Trends in Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Education ELED 403 - Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary and Middle Schools MTHE 496 - Graduate Seminar for Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Teachers

Total: 30cr Courses are listed on NEIUport under the subject: `Ped Cntnt Kldg Tch Ele Mid Mth'

Program Contact Information 

For more information about the Master of Arts (MA) in Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teaching Elementary and Middle School Mathematics please contact:

Dr. Katherine Bird
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Advisor, MA Program
Office: BBH 225D
Tel (work): 773-442-5754
Email: K-Bird@neiu.edu

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