Curriculum and Learning – Teaching Children Mathematics (MEd)

Curriculum and Learning – Middle and High School Mathematics (MEd)

Degree Offered: Master of Education in Curriculum and Learning

Concentration: Teaching Children Mathematics

Application Deadline:

Rolling Admissions

Campus Location

1600 Valley Road Building

Program Description:

This 33 credit MEd in Curriculum and Learning 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 Core Curriculum Content Standards and the NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. Graduates are prepared to become grade level leaders of mathematics curriculum development in their schools. Principles of inquiry and applications for classroom research are emphasized throughout the program. An on-campus mathematics clinic experience with children and their parents is part of the degree program. Some of the courses in the concentration meet requirements in content knowledge for the endorsement as mathematics teachers in grades 6-8 and two courses in the concentration count toward the 12-credit New Jersey supervisory certificate.

The program is challenging and includes a concentration-specific comprehensive exit requirement as well as an educational research master's thesis that explores the impact on P-12 learning. Up to 9 credits in the program may be taken for non-degree credit or toward the 100 hours of professional development required of teachers in New Jersey every five years. Appropriate non-degree credits may eventually be applied to the master’s degree. Graduate assistantships are available for full-time students.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • 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 verbal score of 450 (older scale, prior to August 1, 2011) or 150 (current scale) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or a minimum score of 388 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).*
  • Two professional letters of reference, at least one from a professor or other person who can attest to the applicant’s academic abilities.
  • 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 standard NJ teaching license or a CEAS (Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing) and/or a resume of any teaching or educational work the applicant has performed.
  • 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.

Program Requirements:

  • The completion of 33 credits of prescribed graduate study for the concentration.
  • The completion of a multi-chapter empirical/action research thesis in the field of specialization to be developed during the Research in Education I (ELCL 6290) and Research in Education II (ELCL 6300) courses for 6 credits as part of the 33-credit requirement.
  • Satisfactory completion of a concentration-specific exit requirement. This requirement carries no course credit but must be completed before graduation.

The MEd requires 33 credits: 6 credits of common courses are required in all concentrations, and 27 credits in one of the concentrations, including elective courses. Up to 6 credits may be transferred from acceptable master’s graduate programs from outside the University. In addition, with approval of an advisor, elective courses may be selected from other concentrations within the program. Written approval to take any course other than those listed for the program must be obtained in advance in order to obtain a valid substitution.

MEd in Curriculum and Learning program
Required Common Courses (for all concentrations)6 credits
ELCL 6290 Research in Education I 3
ELCL 6300 Research in Education II 3

Teaching Children Mathematics Concentration

This concentration is designed for teachers who teach mathematics in grades PreK-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 the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and the NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. 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 five 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 New Jersey.

Concentration Core9 credits
ELCL 6160 Contemporary Trends and Research Issues in Mathematics Education*** 3
ELCL 6200 Math Clinic 3
ELCL 6260 Adapting Mathematics Instruction for Inclusive Classroom 3
Mathematics Content Core (Four (4) of the following courses)12 credits
ELCL 6070 Exploration of Number and Geometry 3
ELCL 6080 Mathematics Content for Elementary Teachers 3
ELCL 6140 Multiple Representations of Mathematics Across the Curriculum *** 3
ELCL 6150 Exploration of Number and Algebra 3
MAEN 5000 Algebra for Middle School 3
Other MAEN courses taken with advisement
Pedagogical Innovations Elective: (Two of the following courses)6 credits
ELCL 6050 Instructional Technology Foundations and History 3
EDLP 6040 Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice** 3
EDLP 6090 Supervision and Evaluation: Performance Appraisal** 3
Other MAEN or ELCL courses chosen with advisement  
** This course counts toward the 12-credit supervisory certificate and may be taken within the MEd program or post-master's.
***This course counts as 3 credits toward 6 credits of elective courses for the supervisory endorsement program.