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Undergraduate Mathematics Education

MED 200
FIELD EXPERIENCE IN SECONDARY EDUCATION MATHEMATICS
3, 1/4

Field experiences in secondary mathematics classrooms that feature racial and ethnic diversity, diversity in SES, and include students with diverse mathematical abilities as well as those identified as having special needs; current practices and policies in mathematics education; psychological, social, cultural and gender factors that affect the teaching and learning of mathematics. Offered every semester.

MED 300
FIELD EXPERIENCE: METHODS IN THE TEACHING OF SECONDARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS
3, 0/2

Corequisite: MED 308.

Supervised field experience at the middle and/or high school level. Emphasis on implementing pedagogical knowledge, understanding, and practice consistent with state and national mathematics teaching standards discussed in MED 308. Students design and deliver lessons and assessments in a variety of settings (i.e. small group, large group) during 30 hours of clinical experience at local schools. Offered every semester.

MED 307
USES OF TECHNOLOGY IN THE TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS
3, 3/0

Prerequisites: Upper division status and permission of instructor.

Introduction to the educational application of technology to the teaching of mathematics through problem solving and exploration. Students will use: graphing calculators (e.g., TI-84 and TI-Nspire) with data collection tools and dynamic software to explore Algebra, Geometry and Statistics (such as Geometer’s Sketchpad, Cabri, GeoGebra, and Fathom) in order to develop classroom lessons. Instructional use of additional technology such as interactive white boards and mathematical APPS for smart devices will be explored. Students will evaluate technology resources as they produce lesson plans and unit plans for use in the mathematics classroom. Offered every semester.

MED 308
METHODS IN THE TEACHING OF SECONDARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS
3, 3/0

Minimum of 30 hours of MAT courses completed with a GPA of 2.75. Minimum of 9 hours of Professional courses including MED 200 and MED 307 with a GPA of 2.5. Permission of instructor.

Corequisite: MED 300.

Introduction to the research based practice of classroom teaching for the prospective secondary mathematics teacher. Students create lesson plans for instruction that engages all learners through the use of virtual and concrete models, technology, innovative curricula, and mathematical modeling; evaluation and assessment; meeting the needs of diverse learners; classroom management in a variety of settings (i.e., small group, large group). Lectures, peer presentations, construction and critique of lesson plans, use of media, and research of teaching strategies. Offered every semester.

MED 309
TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL
3, 3/0

Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in CMT major; a minimum of 24 hours of the math concentration completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5; a minimum of 6 hours of professional education courses completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5; permission of instructor.

Preparation to teach mathematics in grades 5–9. Includes techniques and models used to teach mathematics at the middle-school level in the context of current research on how children learn mathematics.

MED 383
LEARNING AND TEACHING PROBLEM SOLVING
3, 3/0

Prerequisites: MAT 162, MAT 127, MAT 270, upper-division status.

Experiences in mathematical problem solving; learning through problem solving; consideration of diverse perspectives and problem-solving approaches; strategies for teaching the use of a problem based approach; the historical and current roles of problem solving in secondary mathematics.

MED 406
STUDENT TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS IN THE LOWER MIDDLE GRADES 5–6
6, 0/0

Prerequisites: MED 200, MED 307, MED 309, MED 383, EDF 303, all required mathematics courses, 6 credit hours of upper-division mathematics courses; minimum GPA of 2.5 in all mathematics and education coursework; senior status.

Lower middle school laboratory experiences, goals of lower middle school education, psychological influences, teaching models, assessment techniques, classroom management, total involvement in lower middle school activities, practicum.

MED 407
STUDENT TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS IN JUNIOR HIGH/MIDDLE SCHOOL
6, 0/0

Prerequisites: For mathematics education and CMT majors, completion of MED 308 with a minimum grade of C, completion of MED 300 with a minimum grade of C, minimum GPA of 2.5 in all mathematics major coursework, completion of all professional coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.5, and permission of instructor.

Early secondary school classroom laboratory experiences; goals of early secondary mathematics education; psychological influences; teaching models; testing and evaluation techniques; total involvement in early secondary school activities; practicum.

MED 408
STUDENT TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS IN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
6, 0/0

Prerequisites: For mathematics education majors, completion of MED 308 with a minimum grade of C, completion of MED 300 with a minimum grade of C, minimum GPA of 2.5 in mathematics major coursework, completion of all professional coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.5, and permission of instructor.

Secondary school classroom laboratory experiences; goals of secondary mathematics education; psychological influences; teaching models; testing and evaluation techniques; total involvement in secondary school activities; practicum.

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