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Mathematics Department

Mathematics Basic Endorsement Courses

The WOU Mathematics Department offers the following graduate level courses to satisfy the required 21 credits of course work for the "Interest or New Endorsement Area" of a M.S. in Ed degree from the Education Department at WOU.

 

The Basic Mathematics portion of the M.S. in Ed is designed to increase a teacher's knowledge of mathematics as a preparation for taking Basic Mathematics exam. All classes are designed with the practicing middle school teacher in mind and feature hands-on and active classroom experiences with the appropriate use of technology and mathematical models.

 

NOTE: Students pursuing a M.S. in Ed with a Mathematics endorsement will take written comprehensive exams to finish the degree. There is no option for thesis or presentation.

Advisors

Courses Offered

Math 589: Algebraic Structures for Middle School Teachers
The study of integers and algebraic skills; solving linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, functions, graphing and complex numbers. Connection of visual methods (using Math in the Mind's Eye curriculum and materials) to the NCTM standards with extensive use of group activities and hands-on models.

 

Math 591: Historical Topics in Mathematics for Middle School Teachers
A survey of the historical development of topics in mathematics from ancient to modern times, with special emphasis on topics in arithmetic, algebra and informal geometry. Applications to middle school mathematics.

 

Math 592: Abstract Algebra for Middle School Teachers
An introduction to abstract mathematics as a structured mathematical systems. This course will explore number sets and properties, and beginning group theory with concrete applications for the elementary and middle school classroom.

 

Math 593: Experimental Probability & Statistics for Middle School Teachers
Advanced study of using basic elements of probability and statistics to solve problems involving the organization, description and interpretation of data. Concrete application will be explored through laboratory experiments, simulations and computer programs suitable for use in the middle school classroom.

 

Math 594: Geometry for Middle School Teachers
Selected topics in informal geometry through the use of discovery and technology. Studies in how students learn geometry will be used in the development of geometric ideas.

 

Math 595: Calculus Concepts for Middle School Teachers
An introduction to the limit concept and its role in defining the derivative, the integral and infinite series. Applications to middle school mathematics.

 

Math 596: Problem Solving for Middle School Teachers
Assists middle school teachers in becoming better mathematical problem solvers. Focuses on general problem solving techniques, introduces materials helpful in improving student problem solving abilities, and suggests ways to organize the curriculum to achieve problem solving goals. Does not apply toward a math major/minor.

 

Math 597: Discrete Mathematics for Middle School Teachers
In this course we will explore the topics of logical operators and sets, experimental vs. theoretical probability, the multiplication rule, permutations and combinations, and an introduction to graph theory.

 

Math 599: Algebraic Problem Solving for MIddle School Teachers
Assists middle school teachers in becoming better mathematical problem solvers. Focuses on algebraic problem solving techniques, introduces materials helpful in improving student problem solving abilities, and suggests ways to organize the curriculum to achieve problem solving goals.

 

Course Schedule (contact an advisor for information)

  • Every fall quarter: MTH 594
  • Every winter quarter: MTH 595
  • Every spring quarter: MTH 592
  • Summer quarter 2013: MTH 596
  • Summer quarter 2014: TBA
  • Summer quarter 2015: TBA
Contact

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

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