The Certificate in Math Leadership is designed for practicing educators interested in pursuing opportunities in Math Leadership. Completion of this certificate requires the following four UMF courses:

EDU 529 Mathematics Leadership in K-12 settings: Understanding and Implementing the Common Core State Standards

The content of this course is specific to the skills and concepts needed as an emergent mathematics leader/specialist.  The focus of this course will be:

  • An in-depth study of standards-based mathematics curriculum; its history and evolution, the structure and derivation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, and the nature of assessment within a standards-based system.
  • A research project that will examine the history and evolution of the standards-based mathematics movement.
  • Development of a grade-span differentiation, curriculum document and a standards-based mathematics unit.
  • A culminating portfolio will show evidence of the student’s ability to use the learning in a professional development capacity as a mathematics leader.

This work will give the enrollee the foundation for this course and an anticipated series of three courses to follow in: pedagogy, mathematics content knowledge, and mentoring/supervision.

EDU 529 is a prerequisite for the following three (3) courses.

EDU 530 Mathematics Leadership in K-12 settings: The Mathematics Content for Standards-Based Instruction

The content of this course is specific to the skills and concepts needed as an emergent mathematics leader/specialist/instructor. The focus of this course will be:

  • An in-depth study of the Domain Progressions in the Common Core State Standards and the NCTM Standards and Connections in the NCTM Process Standards.
  • A research project that will examine the definition of mathematics content knowledge, the mathematics knowledge needed to teach effectively.
  • Development of a mathematics unit demonstrating math content, domain progressions and connections between mathematics topics.
  • A section of the course series portfolio that will show evidence of the student’s ability to use the learning in a professional development capacity as a mathematics leader.

EDU 531 Mathematics Pedagogical Knowledge: Effective Instructional Practices for Teaching the Common Core State Standards

The content of this course is specific to the skills and concepts needed to produce effective mathematics instruction.  The focus of this course will be:

  • Mathematics pedagogical knowledge needed for effective mathematics instruction.
  • Identification of mathematics resources needed for effective mathematics instruction
  • The ability to critique classroom instruction for effectiveness.
  • The development of mathematics units.

EDU 532 Mathematics Leadership K-12: The Art of Mathematics Coaching and Supervision.

The content of this course is specific to the skills and concepts needed as an emergent mathematics leader/specialist as they support the development of mathematics educators.  The focus of this course will be:

  • The strategies of clinical supervision
  • The understanding of the aspects of coaching
  • The ability to give targeted feedback
  • The understanding of being a teacher-leader in the culture of a school.

This work will give the enrollee the foundation for becoming a mathematics leader using mentoring and supervision.

This 4-course series certificate will prepare educators for the challenges of being a mathematics leader, whether it be a Math Coach, a Math Interventionist, an RTI Coordinator, a Title I: Math Teacher or a grade-level Team Leader.

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