M.Ed. in Curriculum and Learning: Teaching Children Mathematics Concentration

This concentration is designed for teachers who teach mathematics and other subjects in grades K-5 as well as for mathematics-certified middle and high school teachers who seek to increase their pedagogical competence. Program emphasis is on the teaching, learning, and assessment of mathematics in light of current New Jersey State requirements, the NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). Graduates are prepared to become grade level leaders of mathematics education in their schools. Principles of inquiry and applications for classroom research are emphasized throughout the program. Some of the courses in the concentration count toward the 12-credit New Jersey Supervisory Certificate. An on-campus mathematics clinic experience with school-aged children is part of the degree program. Completion of 5 specific mathematics content courses in this program (ELCL 6070, ELCL 6150; ELCL 6140, and two MAEN courses) will qualify candidates to apply for middle school mathematics endorsement in NJ.

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Coordinator:

Dr. Sandra Alon
AlonS@wpunj.edu
Phone: 973-720-3973
Office: Valley Rd. rm 4025

Entry Requirements
Each applicant must demonstrate that he or she can fulfill the requirements of the program, including the ability to read and write at a graduate level, the capability to do graduate level academic work, and an interest in educational theory and practice. Toward this end the requirements for admission are:
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended.
  • A cumulative grade point average from past degrees of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale*.
  • A minimum score of 388 on the Miller Analogies Test or a minimum score of 150 (current scale) or 450 (older scale)on the Verbal section of the Graduate Record Examination*.
  • A two-page essay by the applicant about how the degree will enhance professional development and what the important issues are in the proposed field of study. 
    A two-page essay by the applicant about how the degree will enhance professional development and what the important issues are in the proposed field of study.
  • A copy of a teaching certificate and/or a resume of any teaching or educational work the applicant has performed.
  • Two professional letters of reference, at least one from a professor or other person who can attest to the applicant's academic abilities.
  • Each applicant should have a personal interview before being accepted for matriculation.
*Applicants who do not meet the grade point average or standardized test requirements may supplement the application with additional materials in support of their academic potential for the successful completion of the graduate degree. Additional materials may include the achievement of a grade of B or higher in one of the TCM courses recommended by advisement.

 

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Course Requirements: 33 Credits*

 

Credits
Concentration Core: 6 credits
ELCL 6160 Contemporary Issues and Trends in Mathematics Education * 3
ELCL 6200 Math Clinic 3
Mathematics Concentration Core: 15 credits
Select five of the following:
ELCL 6070 Exploration of Number and Geometry 3
MAEN 5000 Middle School Mathematics 3
ELCL 6140 Multiple Representations of Mathematics Across the Curriculum * 3
ELCL 6150 Exploration of Number and Algebra 3
ELCL 6260 Adapting Math Instruction for the Inclusive Classroom 3
ELCL 6080 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 3
Pedagogical Innovations Electives: 3 credits
One of the following:
ELCL 6050 Learning Technology Operations and Concepts 3
ELCL 6190Applied Developmental Psychology 3

Other master's degree courses or MAEN courses or courses from other concentrations may be selected with advisement

Research Thesis Requirement (6 credits, both courses required; to be taken after completion of 24 credits)
ELCL 6290 Research in Education I 3
ELCL 6300 Research in Education II 3
Course Options for Supervisory Certificate may be taken during or after completion of program
EDLP 6040 Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice * 3
EDLP 6090 Supervision and Evaluation: People, Programs, and Performance Appraisal* 3

 
*This course counts toward the 12-credit Supervisory Certificate and may be taken within the M.Ed. program or post-master's.

Exit Requirements

  • The completion of 33 credits of prescribed graduate study for all concentrations including six credits in educational research culminating in the production of a master's thesis and oral presentation. 
  • This thesis developed and completed in the candidate's field of specialization during the Research in Education I and Research in Education II courses.
  • Satisfactory completion of a concentration-specific exit requirement. This latter requirement carries no course credit but must be completed before graduation.
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IMPORTANT PRAXIS UPDATES

NEW!  PRAXIS II CHANGES AS OF 9/1/2013

PRAXIS II State Requirement Changes:

Middle School Math
K-12 Subject Math
Middle School Language Arts
K-12 English

The New Jersey Department of Education has announced several new PRAXIS II exams effective SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 (see below).

 Candidates who have taken and passed the previous Praxis II for any of the areas listed below, prior to September 1, 2013, will be able to use those scores for licensure and do NOT need to take the new exams.

CANDIDATES WHO HAVE NOT TAKEN THE CURRENT PRAXIS II TEST for these particular areas, PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 1, 2013, WILL BE REQUIRED TO PASS THE NEW EXAM AND ADHERE TO THE NEW PASSING GUIDELINES- NO EXCEPTIONS! PASSING REQUIRED PRAXIS TEST(S) SCORES MUST BE OBTAINED TO STUDENT TEACH."

New Praxis Test Information (Effective September 1, 2013) Praxis Test Test Code New Passing Score:

Middle School Mathematics 5169   qualifying score 165
K-12 Mathematics 5161 qualifying score 160
Middle School English Language Arts 5047 qualifying score 164
K-12 English Language Arts 5038 qualifying score 167
 

The information in the chart above is derived from an attachment on the NJ Department of Education’s Office of Licensure and Credential (homepage item: Amendments to the Licensure Code Effective July 2, 2013)

http://www.ets.org/praxis/register/centers_dates/computer