Extended Admission Application Deadline
Summer 2013: May 1, 2013
Fall 2013: June 1, 2013
Master Mathematics Teacher
You need more than just basic content knowledge or general pedagogy to master the art of teaching mathematics. The Master Mathematics Teacher specialization at the Simmons School is uniquely designed to: model effective mathematics instruction; customize pedagogy to mathematics teaching; understand the depth of mathematics content; participate in mathematics as a discipline; instill creative problem solving; incorporate useful classroom technologies; translate evidence-based research into classroom teaching; prepare teachers for effective differentiation with diverse learners; and equip teachers for leadership and effective mathematics mentoring. The four-course sequence for the Master Mathematics Teacher specialization aims to teach elementary and secondary mathematics from an advanced perspective, incorporating rich examples of advanced mathematics that inform EC-12 teaching of the subject. Through course content and modeling of interactive teaching students will gain an array of pedagogical tools, differentiation techniques, and best practices, as well as examples of useful manipulatives and technology for use in the classroom. Becoming a scholar and leader through mentoring is emphasized by including current research on the teaching and learning of mathematics and identifying the most effective ways to incorporate evidence-based practices into the classroom. After successful completion of the four-course sequence, students must take and pass the SMU Qualifying Exam before receiving approval to take the state examination. Teachers with three years teaching experience will be eligible to sit for the state of Texas Master Mathematics Teacher (EC-4, 4-8, or 8-12) certification examination.
Courses have been redesigned to meet the new state standards for the Master Mathematics Teacher certificate and were aligned with the Competencies required for a Master Mathematics Teacher. The MMT program offers 12 hours of coursework: four three-semester-hour graduate courses. The courses include: