Sixth-Year Certificate in Mathematics Education Leadership

Program Rationale
The overall objective of the Sixth Year Certificate Degree in Mathematics Education Leadership is to develop highly skilled and knowledgeable educators who can play leadership roles in their schools and districts to improve student learning in mathematics. There are two tracks within this degree to meet the objectives of our graduates. One track leads to the department chair certification (DCC). The other track leads to the intermediate administrator certification (IAC).

Program Learning Outcomes
When students complete this program they will be effective leaders in mathematics and as such will have the following abilities:

  • Effective leaders in mathematics education possess deep content knowledge of the mathematics that is taught in the school, with a focus on grades K-12, and are able to analyze any mathematics curriculum in terms of its logical, psychological, and sociological sources.
  • Effective leaders in mathematics education are knowledgeable about research on the learning and teaching of mathematics and its impact in the classroom.
  • Effective leaders in mathematics education examine cultural connections with mathematics and mathematics education and are aware of equity issues, such as gender, race, ethnicity, social class, language acquisition, access to technology, and achievement.
  • Effective leaders in mathematics education understand how to use assessment as a tool for continued program improvement.
  • Effective leaders in mathematics education apply their deep understanding of curriculum, learning, teaching, the social context of education, and assessment issues to the challenges of improving teaching and learning in their school and district.

Admission Requirements
This is a cohort program. The first cohort began the program in August 2009 and is expected to complete the program in 2011 or 2012. The next cohort begins the program in August 2011, with new cohorts starting every alternating year thereafter.

Admission to the program requires that the candidate meet the following requirements.

  • Master’s degree, preferably in mathematics or mathematics education. Applicants with master’s degrees in other fields may be asked to successfully complete additional mathematics courses as a condition for admission.
  • Minimum of three years experience teaching mathematics within grades K-12.
  • Praxis II (secondary mathematics-Exam 0061) for applicants without secondary certification. Students who have not taken Praxis II may be conditionally admitted. Such students will be able to enroll in a one-credit review course (MATH 440) in order to prepare for this examination. For spring 2009 applicants, this course will be offered during the Spring 2009 semester and again in the Summer 2009 semester.

Applicants will be expected to have passed STAT 453 (Applied Statistical Inference) or its equivalent with a B or higher. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be admitted on condition that they successfully complete STAT 453 within the first year, earning a B or higher.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to become certified as BEST (Beginning Educator Support and Training) mentors, if appropriate to current teaching position.

Students who are admitted to this sixth year program are guaranteed acceptance into the Department Chair Certification Track and may, upon completion of EDL 655, apply for candidacy for the Intermediate Administrator Track to the Department of Educational Leadership through the School of Graduate Studies.

Application deadline is May 1 for admission to the program for summer 2009 matriculation. Review of applications will begin March 1. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions by June 15.

Course and Capstone Requirements
Department Chair Certification (DCC) Track (33 credits):
August of first year
EDL 655 Leadership and Supervision 3
Fall of first year
MATH 611 Mathematics Curriculum K-8 Theory and Implementation 3
Spring of first year
MATH 612 Mathematics Curriculum 7-14 Theory and Implementation 3
MATH elective 3
Summer of second year
MATH 615 The Cultural Context of Mathematics Education 3
STAT 453 Applied Statistical Inference (if needed) 3
Fall of second year
MATH 613 Research on the Learning of Mathematics 3
MATH elective 3
Spring of second year
MATH 614 Research on the Teaching of Mathematics 3
EDL 514 Administration 3
Summer of third year
MATH 616 Assessment in Mathematics Education 3
Fall of third year
MATH 622 Internship in Mathematics Education Leadership 2
Intermediate Administrator Certification (IAC) Track (37 credits):
August of first year
EDL 655 Leadership and Supervision 3
Fall of first year
MATH 611 Mathematics Curriculum K-8 Theory and Implementation 3
Students notified of acceptance to IAC track
Spring of first year
MATH 612 Mathematics Curriculum 7-14 Theory and Implementation 3
Summer of second year
MATH 615 The Cultural Context of Mathematics Education 3
STAT 453 Applied Statistical Inference (if needed) 3
Fall of second year
MATH 613 Research on the Learning of Mathematics 3
EDL 610 School Leadership I 3
Spring of second year
MATH 614 Research on the Teaching of Mathematics 3
EDL 611 School Leadership II 3
Fall of third year
EDL 615 Understanding External Environments of School Leadership I 3
EDL 690 Internship in Educational Leadership I: Theory and Practice 2
Spring of third year
EDL 616 Understanding External Environments of School Leadership II 3
EDL 691 Internship in Educational Leadership II: Research and Practice 2
Summer of third year
MATH 616 Assessment in Mathematics Education 3
Prepare for Connecticut Administrators Test
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