Mathematics Specialist

  • Credits: 12
  • Degree:
    Graduate Certificate

Program Description

This program is best suited for current classroom teachers who wish to add mathematics as a new subject area to their professional skills and to new teacher candidates entering the teaching profession who are non-mathematics majors.

Learning Outcomes

Students will broaden their teaching careers as a mathematics specialist or mathematics coach.

Program Chair

Nicholas Rubino
nicholas.rubino@cambridgecollege.edu

Curriculum

Choose one mathematics option below: Elementary/Middle School, or High School.


Mathematics Specialist: Elementary/Middle School
12
Credits
Arithmetic to Algebra: Developing Patterns and Ideas (K-8)
MAT 603 3 credit(s)
This course explores the relationship between the study of arithmetic and of algebra in grades K-8. Teachers explore selected mathematical concepts at an adult level and discuss how children develop an understanding of it. They explore ways to facilitate classroom learning, and effective activities and materials that enhance learning of algebraic concepts and skills. They learn how to use vertical acceleration to connect arithmetic to algebra.
Teaching Numeric and Geometric Structures
MAT 623 3 credit(s)
This course covers the teaching pedagogy of the basic foundation of the mathematics curriculum in terms of its numerical and geometric structures. Major topics include: number sense, numeration, estimation, mental math, modeling operations using concrete objects, geometry, spatial sense and measurement. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
History of Mathematics
MAT 615 3 credit(s)
Prerequisites: MAT 607, MAT 609 & MAT 611 or program chair’s approval. This course will show how the historical perspective accentuates many different approaches to problem solving thus allowing mathematics to take on an international, multicultural flavor. It will illustrate how mathematics history creates a bridge from the past to the future and how students can learn to value mathematics more by being exposed to its historical and cultural contexts. Major trends in mathematical thought are introduced, as well as the interplay of mathematical and technological innovations, and the contributions of great mathematicians. Understanding the origins of certain ideas, such as counting, symbolic notation, algebra, etc., gives these ideas a basis in reality and makes students more receptive to even difficult or abstract mathematical procedures. This course demonstrates how the history of mathematics can be integrated and used on a daily basis in order to demonstrate that mathematical discoveries have been made because living people had need of them and therefore mathematics is an integral part of human development. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Diagnosis & Remediation of Learning Problems in Mathematics (K-12)
MAT 708 3 credit(s)
This course examines the nature of mathematics learning, major types of mathematics learning problems, and their etiology. It discusses possible causes of these problems and suggests remediation strategies that teachers and parents can use to help children learn mathematics more effectively. Teachers focus on selected areas of mathematics at the K-8 levels that challenge children, and on how to remediate and facilitate mathematics learning in classroom and one-to-one settings.
Mathematics Specialist: High School
12
Credits
History of Mathematics
MAT 615 3 credit(s)
Prerequisites: MAT 607, MAT 609 & MAT 611 or program chair’s approval. This course will show how the historical perspective accentuates many different approaches to problem solving thus allowing mathematics to take on an international, multicultural flavor. It will illustrate how mathematics history creates a bridge from the past to the future and how students can learn to value mathematics more by being exposed to its historical and cultural contexts. Major trends in mathematical thought are introduced, as well as the interplay of mathematical and technological innovations, and the contributions of great mathematicians. Understanding the origins of certain ideas, such as counting, symbolic notation, algebra, etc., gives these ideas a basis in reality and makes students more receptive to even difficult or abstract mathematical procedures. This course demonstrates how the history of mathematics can be integrated and used on a daily basis in order to demonstrate that mathematical discoveries have been made because living people had need of them and therefore mathematics is an integral part of human development. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Diagnosis & Remediation of Learning Problems in Mathematics (K-12)
MAT 708 3 credit(s)
This course examines the nature of mathematics learning, major types of mathematics learning problems, and their etiology. It discusses possible causes of these problems and suggests remediation strategies that teachers and parents can use to help children learn mathematics more effectively. Teachers focus on selected areas of mathematics at the K-8 levels that challenge children, and on how to remediate and facilitate mathematics learning in classroom and one-to-one settings.
Calculus I
MAT 611 3 credit(s)
Prerequisites: MAT 607 & MAT 609 or program chair’s approval. This course focuses on trigonometric and calculus concepts by providing numerical, graphical, and algebraic approaches for a clear understanding and mastering of the material. Course activities are placed in a context of real-world problems which enable students to create mathematical models that will help them understand the world in which they live. Major topics include: functions and graphs; exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and equations; trigonometric identities; applications of trigonometry; continuity; limits; derivative of a function; definite integral; fundamental theorem of calculus; and techniques of integration. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Euclidian Geometry
MAT 609 3 credit(s)
This course emphasizes the fundamental ideas of Euclidean geometry with a focus on logic, observations, predictions, and conclusions. Significant geometric properties and concepts are explored through the systematic presentation of the axioms, definitions, constructions, and theorems of classical geometry. Major topics include: the foundations of geometry, direct proofing techniques, triangles, parallel lines, and polygons, right triangles and the Pythagorean theorem, circles, and solid geometry. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor

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Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    Passing grade on TOEFL (English language proficiency test) is required for international students.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

General Requirements

Official Transcript
Two Completed Recommendation Forms
Current Résumé

Personal Statement

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International Students will need to complete supplemental documentation when applying. International transcripts must also be translated prior to submission in order to be evaluated for applicability. Learn more about international student requirements.

Transfer Credit Request Form

Only needed if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer credit. Learn more about transferring credits.

 

Tuition

  • Credits:
    12
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $485
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)
  • Graduation Fee:
    $110 (charged in last term)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $1,497 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of September 2013, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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