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Mathematics Department


Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader Program at WOU

Oregon's first and only TSPC approved Elementary Mathematics Specialist program

The WOU Mathematics Department and the WOU Division of Teacher Education, are now offering a suite of graduate level mathematics, leadership and practicum courses designed to satisfy the requirements of the TSPC Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader Specialization (WOU EMIL flyer)  (WOU News) (Statesman Journal article)

 

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Program Plan (24 credits)

  • Five 3-credit elementary mathematics specialization mathematics courses, offered by the WOU Mathematics Department (EMIL requirements MTH 611, 612, 613, 614 and 615 or 616).

    These are new, graduate elective, Common Core based, elementary mathematics education courses, available as electives for a variety of graduate programs

  • Three 3-credit elementary mathematics specialization leadership and practicum courses, offered by the WOU Division of Teacher Education (EMIL requirements ED 637, 673 or 609).
  • Courses offered as hybrid courses (online with three to five meetings on campus per term, course dependent)
  • This program is designed with multiple points of entry: You can start by taking a graduate mathematics course (611 - 616) during any term, fall, winter, spring or summer!
  • See the WOU graduate page (www.wou.edu/grad/math) for more details and admission information.

Learning Outcomes

  • Content Knowledge: EMIL professionals will know and understand deeply the mathematics of elementary school as well as how mathematics concepts and skills develop through middle school including specialized knowledge that teachers need in order to understand and support student learning of elementary mathematics as specified by the AMTE Standards for Elementary Math Specialists.
  • Pedagogical Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics: EMIL professionals will have a foundation in pedagogical content knowledge as specified by the NCATE/NCTM Standards for Elementary Mathematics Specialists.
  • Leadership Knowledge and Skills: EMIL professionals will be prepared to take on collegial non-evaluative leadership roles within their schools and districts. They will have a broad view of many aspects and resources needed to support and facilitate effective instruction and professional growth.

Our Courses (these will be listed in the WOU 2014 - 2015 course catalog)

Mathematics Courses (all featuring a framework of studying the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics)
  New! Math 611: Counting and Whole Number Operations: K - 8 Learning and Teacher Practices (3 credits)
This course is a deep exploration into the teaching and learning of counting, whole numbers, and whole number operations. Investigation of the learning trajectory of number and operations throughout the K-8 curriculum, and instruction and activities based on effective standards for mathematical practice will be emphasized. Attention will also be given to deepening the candidates understanding of the mathematics and specialized content knowledge related to the teaching of number and operations as outlined in the Common Core State Standards for grades K - 8.
 

New! Math 612: Fractions and Proportions: K - 8 Learning and Teacher Practices (3 credits)
This course is a deep exploration into the teaching and learning of number and operations with fractions and proportions. Investigation of the learning trajectory of fractions and proportions throughout the K-8 curriculum, and instruction and activities based on effective standards for mathematical practice will be emphasized. Attention will also be given to deepening the candidates understanding of the mathematics and specialized content knowledge related to the teaching of fractions and proportions as outlined in the Common Core State Standards for grades K-8.

 

New! Math 613: Geometry and Measurement: K - 8 Learning and Teacher Practices (3 credits)
This course is a deep exploration into the teaching and learning of geometry and measurement in grades K-8. Investigation of the learning trajectory of geometry and measurement throughout the K-8 curriculum, and instruction and activities based on effective standards for mathematical practice will be emphasized. Attention will also be given to deepening the candidates understanding of the mathematics and specialized content knowledge related to the teaching of geometry and measurement as outlined in the Common Core State Standards for grades K-8.

 

New! Math 614: Statistics and Probability: K - 8 Learning and Teacher Practices (3 credits)
T his course is a deep exploration into the teaching and learning of elementary statistics and probability in grades K-8. Investigation of the learning trajectory of elementary statistics and probability throughout the K-8 curriculum, and instruction and activities based on effective standards for mathematical practice will be emphasized. Attention will also be given to deepening the candidates understanding of the mathematics and specialized content knowledge related to the teaching of statistics and probability as outlined in the Common Core State Standards for grades K-8.

 

New! Math 615: Patterns and Algebraic Thinking: K - 8 Learning and Teacher Practices (3 credits)
This course is a deep exploration into the teaching and learning of patterns and algebraic thinking in grades K-8. Investigation of the learning trajectory of patterns and algebraic thinking throughout the K-8 curriculum, and instruction and activities based on effective standards for mathematical practice will be emphasized. Attention will also be given to deepening the candidates understanding of the mathematics and specialized content knowledge related to the teaching of algebraic thinking as outlined in the Common Core State Standards for grades K-8

 

New! Math 616: Algebra and Functions: K - 8 Learning and Teacher Practices (3 credits)
This course is a deep exploration into the teaching and learning of algebraic thinking with an emphasis on functions in grades K-8. Investigation of the learning trajectory of algebra and functions throughout the K-8 curriculum, and instruction and activities based on effective standards for mathematical practice will be emphasized. Attention will also be given to deepening the candidates understanding of the mathematics and specialized content knowledge related to the teaching of algebra and functions as outlined in the Common Core State Standards for grades K-8.

Advanced Mathematics Pedagogy and Leadership Classes
 

ED 637 Advanced Content Pedagogy: Mathematics(3 credits)
Students will analyze mathematics assessment and instructional practices, including content area literacy, diversity, and technology as they relate to improving learning. Students will examine and critique current issues, research and implications for classroom practice.

 

New! ED 673 Elementary Mathematics Leadership Practicum I (3 credits)
Examines the role of the elementary mathematics instructional leader as recommended and outlined by research and recommendations from professional organizations. Special focus will include role definitions, program options, training and supervision of support staff, budgeting, and materials needed to meet state requirements in mathematics instruction. Prerequisite: This should be one of the last courses taken in the Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader program.

 

New! ED 609 Elementary Mathematics Leadership Practicum II (3 credits)
This course integrates current research and approaches to teaching mathematics by implementing models of teacher-conducted action research. Participants must demonstrate proficiency with the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Standards for Elementary Mathematics Specialists. Prerequisite: This should be one of the last courses taken in the Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader program.

 

Course Offering Plan (three year rotation)

 

 
Year One
Year Two
Year Three

 

2013 – 2014

2014 – 2015

2015 – 2016

Fall

MTH 611

MTH 614

 

MTH 613

 

Winter

MTH 612

MTH 611

ED 637

MTH 614

ED 637

Spring

MTH 613

MTH 616

ED 673
ED 609

MTH 615

ED 673
ED 609

Summer

MTH 615

MTH 612

 

MTH 616

 

 


WOU EMIL catalog description

Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader Specialization

This program consists of graduate-level courses designed to meet the requirements for the TSPC Specialization: Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader (EMIL). To be eligible for recommendation for Specialization, candidates must complete all required coursework (24 credits) including a practicum that requires work with a range of students and teachers. Upon completion of this program and recommendation to TSPC, EMIL Specialists will be equipped with advanced and specialized content knowledge for the teaching of K-8 mathematics with particular emphasis on the teaching of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. They will demonstrate knowledge of a broad set of resources necessary to support mathematical instruction and professional growth. Candidates will have the skills necessary to train, coach and lead other school personnel in effective mathematics instruction. Primary demonstration of leadership skills will be assessed in ED 673 Elementary Mathematics Leadership Practicum I and ED 609 Elementary Mathematics Leadership Practicum II. Candidates will complete a professional portfolio and upon exit, exhibit their professional skills and develop a plan for ongoing professional development. TSPC approval of the EMIL Specialization further requires three complete years of teaching mathematics and a passing score on the Commission-approved multiple subjects exam.

     (24 credits)

     MTH 611 Counting and Whole Number Operations: K - 8 Learning and Teacher Practices (3)
     MTH 612 Fractions and Proportions: K - 8 Learning and Teacher Practices (3)
     MTH 613 Geometry and Measurement: K - 8 Learning and Teacher Practices (3)
     MTH 614 Statistics and Probability: K - 8 Learning and Teacher Practices (3)
     ED 637 Advanced Content Pedagogy (3)
     ED 673 Elementary Mathematics Leadership Practicum I (3)
     ED 609 Elementary Mathematics Leadership Practicum II (3)


     Choose one:

     MTH 615 Patterns and Algebraic Thinking: K - 8 Learning and Teacher Practices (3)
     MTH 616 Algebra and Functions: K - 8 Learning and Teacher Practices (3)

 

 

 

Contact

Mathematics Department (503) 838-8465 | or e-mail: pricesl@wou.edu

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