Mathematics (Grades 5–8)

Middle school is a critical time in children’s math development and learning. You can help children build on their math skills to ensure school success with a specialization in Mathematics (Grades 5–8).

In this specialization, you can expand your own mathematical expertise to develop more effective mathematics teaching practices. Help prepare your students for mathematics success in high school with courses that explore the Common Core State Standards. Examine key topics taught in middle school mathematics programs, including number systems and operations; geometric thinking and measurement; functions and equations; and data, probability, and statistical reasoning.

Courses in this specialization are aligned with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (NCTM’s) Principles and Standards for School Mathematics.

Emphasis on Practical Strategies

  • Improve strategies for problem-solving.
  • Leverage technology in mathematical instruction.
  • Sharpen your teaching skills in mathematics.
  • Ensure equity in a standards-based mathematics classroom.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 sem. cr.)
    • ePortfolio

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Mathematics (Grades 5–8) Specialization

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Utilize a variety of manipulative materials, calculators, and other emerging technological resources in the classroom to incorporate the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Process Standards and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematical Practice into their teaching.
  2. Apply strategies to help students diagnose misconceptions, solve problems successfully, and develop mathematical habits of mind.
  3. Demonstrate a deep conceptual understanding of number systems and rational numbers.
  4. Evaluate geometry and measurement strategies to guide students’ thinking and reasoning about shape, spatial relationships, and measurement, including estimation.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of algebraic processes using mathematical modeling, high-level problem solving tasks, and real-world experiences to help students develop similar knowledge and understandings.
  6. Justify the importance of proportional reasoning and probability and statistics in their teaching practices in order to promote students’ ability to use mathematical knowledge and skills in real-world problem solving contexts.
    This Specialization is informed by National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Process Standards and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematical Practice.

Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6610 Course Teacher as Professional Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6640 Course Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6561 Course Learning and Teaching Mathematics Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6650 Course Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6551 Course Understanding Number Systems and Operations Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6657 Course Creating an Effective Classroom Learning Environment Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6552 Course Geometric Thinking and Measurement Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6553 Course Algebraic Reasoning, Functions, and Equations Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6554 Course Data, Probability, and Statistical Reasoning Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6733 Course Action Research for Educators Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification
This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

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