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Introduction 

The Master of Arts (M.A.) 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 M.A. 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.

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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 College of Graduate Studies and Research.
  • Students must hold a current Illinois teaching certificate for teaching elementary or middle school, which must be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies and Research.
  • 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 

To complete the degree, students must complete 30 hours of coursework at the 400-level. The degree requirements also include a portfolio and exit exam. Students may complete the program in two years by enrolling in two courses during each of the Fall and Spring semesters and two courses in the intervening summer. Admission preference will be given to applicants with teaching experience. Students interested in 9-12 mathematics endorsement should contact the program advisor for more information.

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 

The 10 courses listed are 3 credit hours each for a total of 30 credit hours for the program.

  • 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

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

Course Schedule

Students enter the M.A. program as a cohort; the program can be completed in one year and one semester. Contact the program's advisor to discuss a schedule that fits your needs.

FALL I

SPRING I

SUMMER I

MTHE 401  MTHE 403 MTHE 450
MTHE 402 MTHE 404 MTHE 451

FALL II

SPRING II

                    
MTHE 438 MTHE 496  
MTHE 439 ELED 403  

Licensing Requirements 

Students enrolled in the program must hold a current Illinois teaching certificate for teaching elementary or middle school.

Careers & Employment 

Program Benefits for Educators:

  • Courses are recognized by ISBE for the middle school math endorsement.
  • Courses are recognized by school districts (including CPS) for lane credit even if you already have a math endorsement.
  • Course content is job embedded-you will be looking at applications to your own students and your own teaching right from the beginning.
  • If you are currently teaching mathematics these courses were developed to expand your knowledge base and effectiveness.
  • If you have not taught math at the elementary or middle school level but are preparing to do so, these courses will provide you with knowledge and skills you need to be successful.
  • You will be prepared to support your students in the Common Core. Practices, procedures and content topics in the Common Core are embedded.
  • All of the courses are hybrids-you will not always be traveling to campus PLUS you will become familiar with on-line tools and instructional materials you can adapt for use in your teaching.
  • You may take the courses as a graduate student-at-large.
  • Courses may be used toward the M.A. in Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teaching Elementary and Middle School Mathematics should you decide to continue on.

Program Contact Information 

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

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

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