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The Middle School Mathematics Education (MSME) program strengthens teachers’ knowledge, understanding, skills, and judgment in order to increase student access to high quality mathematics instruction. The program will provide teachers with the deep knowledge and tools necessary to implement the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics in their teaching. The Department of Mathematical Sciences in the College of Science and Health and the College of Education offer the program jointly.
This program was designed collaboratively with practicing K - 8 teachers, mathematicians, and mathematics educators and therefore addresses fundamental questions in both math content and pedagogy. The courses are taught by faculty with extensive experience in teacher preparation as well the implementation of the CCSS-M. The goal of the program is that students taught by the program’s graduates will be successful learners of mathematics, will value mathematics as a subject, and will achieve the learning goals of the CCSS-M. The program includes the courses required for the Algebra Initiative Program of CPS.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Total hours required||48|
Students will be able to:
- Use knowledge of young adolescent learners to create safe, equitable, and meaningful learning environments and collaborative mathematics classrooms.
- Plan and deliver rigorous mathematics instruction appropriate for young adolescent learners.
- Demonstrate and apply disciplinary content and pedagogical content knowledge with an emphasis on developing students' conceptual and procedural understanding.
- Use visual, analytical, numerical, and verbal perspectives in the different content areas of mathematics in learning environments appropriate for young adolescence learners.
- Evaluate mathematics education research to support their understanding of teaching and learning and identify the theories that inform their teaching practices.
The academic programs within the College of Education have set forth these dispositions as educational and professional expectations for all students. Students should be aware that failing to abide by DePaul University or College of Education policies including, under certain circumstances, these dispositions, could result in adverse consequences for the student, including removal from his or her program, the College of Education, or the University.
- Is receptive to faculty feedback and acts meaningfully and professionally upon suggestions
- Reflects on his or her own progress and identifies strengths and weaknesses, including evaluating strategies for success, finding alternatives for inappropriate strategies, and modifying future practices
- Demonstrates a positive attitude and commitment to the profession
- Demonstrates thoughtful, effective verbal and non-verbal communication and listening skills
- Respects and considers cultural contexts in order to determine how to be responsive to learners and to proactively promote all students' learning
- Is committed to collaboration with colleagues, families, and communities in order to promote all students' learning and development
- Demonstrates professional ethical and legal behavior as defined by the respective codes of ethics and laws
- Recognizes and fulfills professional responsibilities and habits of conduct (e.g., dress, language, preparedness, attendance, punctuality, etc.)
- Demonstrates concern for and protection of safety and well-being of others
Degree Conferral and Graduation
The awarding of a degree is not automatic. You must submit an application to be considered for the degree. DePaul awards and posts degrees at the end of each regular academic term (autumn, winter, spring, summer).
It is your responsibility to initiate the degree conferral application process by submitting an online application. Submitting an application means you intend to finish your degree requirements by the end of the term for which you have applied.
Graduate students must be approved for student teaching and complete student teaching, seminar, and induction courses to be cleared for the degree. Student must submit graduation application for the quarter you are completing the final course (student teaching is considered a course).
After you submit the application, you cannot register for any term after the one selected in the application.
To apply for degree conferral, log on to Campus Connection. Select FOR STUDENTS, then GRADUATION, then APPLY FOR DEGREE CONFERRAL. On screen instructions will take you through the application process.
Provided that all requirements and financial obligations are met, degrees are posted 30 days after the official end of the term. Official dates are listed on the Academic Calendar.
DePaul holds one commencement ceremony each year in June. If you intend to participate, you must first apply for degree conferral for the current academic year and then submit a cap and gown order. Honors are not announced at the ceremony for undergraduates completing their final courses in spring quarter because a final GPA is not available at the time of the ceremony.
Additional information about degree conferral and graduation can be found on the College of Education website.
Our twelve-course (48 quarter-hour) program is designed for teachers licensed in grades K-8. The program will allow participants to meet the requirements for an endorsement in middle school mathematics. This is a cohort program with groups of teachers taking the same courses together in the same order. All courses are 4 credit hours and twelve courses are required.
Required Courses: 48 quarter hours, grade of C or better required
|MAT 600||EXPERIMENTATION, CONJECTURE, AND REASONING WITH NUMBERS||4|
|MMT 401||FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICAL THINKING AND LEARNING IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL||4|
|MAT 605||GEOMETRY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS||4|
|MMT 410||THE DEVELOPMENT OF MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHEMATICS LEARNERS||4|
|MAT 622||ALGEBRA FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS I||4|
|MAT 623||ALGEBRA FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS II||4|
|MAT 624||FUNCTIONS AND MODELING||4|
|MMT 430||APPLIED PROJECT IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION||4|
|MMT 420||TEACHING, LEARNING, AND ASSESSMENT OF MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHEMATICS||4|
|MAT 649||DATA ANALYSIS AND PROBABILITY||4|
|MAT 643||IDEAS OF CALCULUS IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM||4|
|MAT 632||HISTORY AND CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS||4|