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The Master of Arts in Teaching-Mathematics is a competency-based
degree program that prepares students at the graduate level
both to be licensed to teach mathematics in grades 5-9 or 5-12 and to develop
significant skills in mathematics curriculum development, design, and
evaluation. All work in this degree program is online with the exception
of the Demonstration Teaching and in-classroom field experience
components. Students enter this program with a significant
background in mathematics and then proceed through study in the
Foundations of Teaching, Instructional Planning and Presentation,
Mathematics Education, Preclinical Experiences, Demonstration
Teaching, and Research Fundamentals.
Foundational Perspectives of Education
This course provides an introduction to the historical, legal, and philosophical foundations of education. Current
educational trends, reform movements, major federal and state laws, legal and ethical responsibilities, and an overview of
standards-based curriculum are the focus of the course. The course of study presents a discussion of changes and
challenges in contemporary education. It covers the diversity found in American schools, introduces emerging educational
technology trends, and provides an overview of contemporary topics in education.
Educational Assessment assists students in making appropriate data-driven instructional decisions by exploring key
concepts relevant to the administration, scoring, and interpretation of classroom assessments. Topics include ethical
assessment practices, designing assessments, aligning assessments, and utilizing technology for assessment.
Classroom Management, Engagement, and Motivation
Students will learn the foundations for effective classroom management as well as strategies for creating a safe, positive
learning environment for all learners. Students will be introduced to systems that promote student self-awareness, selfmanagement,
self-efficacy, and self-esteem.
Mathematics for Elementary Educators I
Mathematics for Elementary Educators I engages pre-service elementary teachers in mathematical practices based on
deep understanding of underlying concepts. The course covers important topics in problem solving, set theory, number
theory, whole numbers and integers. This is the first course in a three-course sequence.
Mathematics for Elementary Educators II
This course engages pre-service elementary teachers in mathematical practices based on deep understanding of
underlying concepts. This course takes the arithmetic of the first course and generalizes it into algebraic reasoning. The
course also touches on important topics in probability. This is the second course in a three-course sequence.
Fundamentals of Diversity, Inclusion, and Exceptional Learners
Students will learn the history of inclusion and develop practical strategies for modifying instruction, in accordance with
legal expectations, to meet the needs of a diverse population of learners. This population includes learners with
disabilities, gifted and talented learners, culturally diverse learners, and English language learners.
Psychology for Educators
This course prepares candidates to meet the expectations of society and prepares future educators to support classroom
practice with research-validated concepts. The course helps future educators to create a framework for refining teaching
skills that are focused on the learner, through engaged inquiry of integrating theory, critical issues in psychology, classroom
applications with diverse populations, assessment, educational technology, and reflective teaching.
Mathematics Learning and Teaching
Mathematics Learning and Teaching will help you develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become a prospective
and practicing educator. You will be able to use a variety of instructional strategies to effectively facilitate the learning of
mathematics. This course focuses on selecting appropriate resources, using multiple strategies, and instructional planning,
with methods based on research and problem solving. A deep understanding of the knowledge, skills, and disposition of
mathematics pedagogy is necessary to become an effective secondary mathematics educator. There are no prerequisites
for this course.
Algebra for Secondary Mathematics Teaching
Algebra for Secondary Mathematics Teaching explores important conceptual underpinnings, common misconceptions and
students’ ways of thinking, appropriate use of technology, and instructional practices to support and assess the learning of
algebra. Secondary teachers should have an understanding of the following: algebra as an extension of number, operation,
and quantity; various ideas of equivalence as it pertains to algebraic structures; patterns of change as covariation between
quantities; connections between representations (tables, graphs, equations, geometric models, context); and the historical
development of content and perspectives from diverse cultures. In particular, the focus should be on deeper
understanding of rational numbers, ratios and proportions, meaning and use of variables, functions (e.g., exponential,
logarithmic, polynomials, rational, quadratic), and inverses. Calculus I is a prerequisite for this course.
Geometry for Secondary Mathematics Teaching (for the 5-12 option)
Geometry for Secondary Mathematics Teaching explores important conceptual underpinnings, common misconceptions
and students’ ways of thinking, appropriate use of technology, and instructional practices to support and assess the
learning of geometry. Secondary teachers in this course will develop a deep understanding of constructions and
transformations, congruence and similarity, analytic geometry, solid geometry, conics, trigonometry, and the historical
development of content. Calculus I is a prerequisite for this course.
Statistics and Probability for Secondary Mathematics Teaching (for the 5-12 option)
Statistics and Probability for Secondary Mathematics Teaching explores important conceptual underpinnings, common
misconceptions and students’ ways of thinking, appropriate use of technology, and instructional practices to support and
assess the learning of statistics and probability. Secondary teachers should have a deep understanding of summarizing and
representing data, study design and sampling, probability, testing claims and drawing conclusions, and the historical
development of content and perspectives from diverse cultures. Calculus I is a prerequisite for this course.
Mathematics History and Technology
Mathematics History and Technology introduces a variety of technological tools for doing mathematics, and you will
develop a broad understanding of the historical development of mathematics. You will come to understand that
mathematics is a very human subject that comes from the macro-level sweep of cultural and societal change, as well as the
micro-level actions of individuals with personal, professional, and philosophical motivations. Most importantly, you will
learn to evaluate and apply technological tools and historical information to create an enriching student-centered
mathematical learning environment. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Secondary Reading Instruction and Interventions
Secondary Reading Instruction and Intervention explores the comprehensive, student-centered Response to Intervention
(RTI) assessment and intervention model used to identify and address the needs of learners in grades 5–12 who struggle
with reading comprehension and/or information retention. Course content provides educators with effective strategies
designed to scaffold instruction and help learners develop increased skill in the following areas: reading, vocabulary, text
structures and genres, and logical reasoning related to the academic disciplines. This course has no prerequisites.
Secondary Disciplinary Literacy
Secondary Disciplinary Literacy examines teaching strategies designed to help learners in grades 5-12 improve upon the
literacy skills required to read, write, and think critically while engaging content in different academic disciplines. Themes
include exploring how language structures, text features, vocabulary, and context influence reading comprehension across
the curriculum. Course content highlights strategies and tools designed to help teachers assess the reading
comprehension and writing proficiency of learners and provides strategies to support students' reading and writing success
in all curriculum areas. This course has no prerequisites.
Instructional Planning and Presentation in Mathematics
Instructional Planning and Presentation assists students as they continue to build instructional planning skills. Topics
include unit and lesson planning, instructional presentation strategies, assessment, engagement, integration of learning
across the curriculum, effective grouping strategies, technology in the classroom, and using data to inform instruction.
Preclinical Experiences in Mathematics
Preclinical Experiences in Mathematics provides students the opportunity to observe and participate in a wide range of inclassroom
teaching experiences in order to develop the skills and confidence necessary to be an effective teacher.
Students will reflect on and document at least 75 hours of in-classroom observations. Prior to entering the classroom for
the observations, students will be required to meet several requirements including a cleared background check, passing
scores on the state or WGU required basic skills exam and a completed resume.
Supervised Demonstration Teaching in Mathematics
The Supervised Demonstration Teaching in Mathematics courses involve a series of classroom performance observations by the host teacher and clinical supervisor that develop comprehensive performance data about the teacher candidate’s skills.
Teacher Performance Assessment in Mathematics Education
The Teacher Work Sample is a culmination of the wide variety of skills learned during your time in the Teachers College at WGU. In order to be a competent and independent classroom teacher, you will showcase a collection of your content, planning, instructional, and reflective skills in this professional assessment.
You will create an online teaching portfolio that includes professional artifacts (e.g. resume and Philosophy of Teaching Statement) that demonstrate the skills you have acquired throughout your Demonstration Teaching experience.
Cohort Seminar provides mentoring and supports teacher candidates during their demonstration teaching period by
providing weekly collaboration and instruction related to the demonstration teaching experience. It facilitates their
demonstration of competence in becoming reflective practitioners, adhering to ethical standards, practicing inclusion in a
diverse classroom, exploring community resources, building collegial and collaborative relationships with teachers, and
considering leadership and supervisory skills.
The Research Foundations course focuses on the essential concepts in educational research, including quantitative,
qualitative, mixed, and action research; measurement and assessment; and strategies for obtaining warranted research
Research Questions and Literature Review
The Research Questions and Literature Reviews for Educational Research course focuses on how to conduct a thorough literature review that addresses and identifies important educational research topics, problems, and questions, and helps determine the appropriate kind of research and data needed to answer one's research questions and hypotheses.
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