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The mission of the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with a major in Mathematics Education is to prepare educators (i.e., teachers and other professional school personnel) who are: 1) informed by research, knowledge, and reflective practice; 2) empowered to serve as change agents; 3) committed to and respectful of all learners; and 4) engaged with learners, their families, schools, and local and global communities. The M.Ed. Mathematics Education program ensures that candidates gain increased mathematics knowledge and pedagogical knowledge, demonstrate success in bringing middle and high school students from diverse backgrounds to high levels of learning, and use technology skillfully as a tool for teaching and learning mathematics.
The program’s chief goal-to strengthen secondary students’ mathematical understandings- is achieved, in part, by providing mathematics teachers with opportunities to deepen their understandings of learners from diverse backgrounds and to explore issues of equity in mathematics classrooms within urban environments. The program prepares teachers to conduct action research in the context of their own classrooms in order to inform instruction, and to share the knowledge gained in a professional community of teachers. Through engaging teachers in advanced mathematics coursework, the program strengthens teachers’ mathematical content knowledge. In general, the Program of Study is framed by the principles and standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.