Teaching Middle Grades Mathematics (M.A.)

The primary objective of the Master of Arts degree, Teaching Middle Grades Mathematics, is to increase the mathematical knowledge and related pedagogical skills of New Jersey middle grades mathematics teachers. The program is designed for teachers, with New Jersey teaching certificates in disciplines other than mathematics and closely related fields, who are teaching mathematics in the middle grades or preparing for such an assignment. The program of study provides teachers with a broad understanding of the fundamental principles underlying school mathematics while making connections to the mathematics they will teach and at the same time preparing them to be leaders in their schools, districts, and perhaps, at the state and regional level. The Common Core State Standards Mathematics (CCSSM) has been incorporated into our whole program. Teachers who successfully complete the sequence of eleven courses will be able to make connections across the mathematics curriculum and to other disciplines with in the framework of the CCSSAM. Their increased content knowledge and pedagogical skill will result in an observable, enhanced level of enthusiasm and comfort with mathematics, which will in turn foster a deeper understanding, and appreciation of mathematics in both their students and their colleagues.

A secondary objective of the master's is to increase the number of students in the middle grades who are academically prepared to succeed in a first course in algebra, either in middle school or when they enter high school. Students thus prepared will have more options in terms of high school course selection, post high school education and career paths. Teachers who successfully complete the master's degree will contribute to the achievement of this secondary objective in two ways. They will be teaching algebra to middle grades students and also be a resource to other teachers in their district who are teaching algebra.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
MATH 611Leadership Development in Mathematics Education3
MTHM 505Number and Operations in the Middle Grades3
MTHM 506Algebra and Algebraic Thinking in the Middle Grades3
MTHM 507Geometry for Middle-Grade Math Teachers3
MTHM 508Data Analysis and Probability in the Middle Grades3
MTHM 509Measurement in the Middle Grades3
Mathematics Education Electives
Select two of the following:6
Technology in the Middle Grades Mathematics Curriculum
Mathematics Materials for Teachers of Mathematics
Approaching School Mathematics Through Applications
Select one of the following:3
Curriculum Construction in Mathematics
Contemporary Teaching of Mathematics
Mathematics Education in the Elementary School
Select 3 credits from following that have not already been taken:3
Workshop in Mathematics Education I
Workshop in Mathematics Education II
Technology in the Middle Grades Mathematics Curriculum
Curriculum Construction in Mathematics
Contemporary Teaching of Mathematics
Mathematics Materials for Teachers of Mathematics
Research Seminar in Mathematics Education
Mathematics Education in the Elementary School
Special Topics in Mathematics Education
Approaching School Mathematics Through Applications
Elective
Select 3 credits of elective as approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator.3
Culminating Experience
Minimum of 24 credits, including MATH 611 and 3.0 GPA required prior to completion.
Select one of the following options:0-3
Comprehensive Examination
Comprehensive Examination
In the term that you will sit for exam, register for the section which matches your major & advisor. Successfully pass exam.
Professional Portfolio
Present and defend a Master's Thesis
Master's Thesis
Submit the completed Thesis original and one copy to the Graduate Office. See Thesis Guidelines for details.
Total Credits33-36