MEd in Curriculum and Learning: Teaching Children Mathematics Concentration

Coordinator:
Dr. Sandra Alon
Phone: 973-720-3973
Email: alons@wpunj.edu 
Office: 1600 Valley Rd. Rm 4025

Program Description:

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. 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 (along with two additional mathematics courses) will qualify candidates to apply for middle school mathematics endorsement in NJ.

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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 minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may supplement their application with additional evidence in support of their academic potential for successful completion of the degree program)
  • A copy of a CEAS or standard teaching license (Program directors have discretion to waive this requirement based on unique circumstances).
  • Participation and satisfactory completion of a group interview.

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.
  • The completion of a multi-chapter empirical/action research thesis in the field of specialization to be developed during Research in Education I and Research in Education II courses.