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 mathematics 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.

 

 

Course Requirements: 33 Credits*
Credits
Concentration Core: 9 credits
ELCL 6160 Contemporary Issues and Trends in Mathematics Education * 3
ELCL 6200 Math Clinic 3
ELCL 6060 Emerging Technologies for Teaching Mathematics                                                                                             3
Mathematics Concentration Core: 12 credits
Select four of the following:
ELCL 6070 Exploration of Number and Geometry 3
ELCL 6080 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers                                                                                                          3
ELCL 6140 Multiple Representations of Mathematics Across the Curriculum * 3
ELCL 6150 Exploration of Number and Algebra 3
ELCL 6220 Problem Solving and Mathematical Reasoning 3
MAEN 5000 Middle School Mathematics 3
MAEN courses taken with advisement
Pedagogical Innovations Electives: 6 credits (See two of the following)
ELRL 6170 Young Children's Literacy & Curriculum Design 3
ELRL 6250 Adolescent & Adult Literacy & Curriculum Design   3
SPED 6240 The University  Designed Differentiated Classroom   3

Other courses chosen with advisement

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

 
12-credit Supervisory Endorsement program: The courses 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.
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