Master of Education with an Elementary/Middle School Math Concentration
Minot State University is pleased to present grant-supported courses which can be applied toward a Mathematics Concentration within the Master of Education (MEd) degree program at Minot State. A mathematics concentration within that degree will require five of the six courses:
- MATH 532 Elementary/Middle School Problem Solving/Algebraic Reasoning (Summer 2015)
- MATH 536 Number/Operation in Elementary/Middle School Math (Summer 2015)
- MATH 531 Elementary/Middle School Measurement (Summer 2016)
- MATH 533 Elementary/Middle School Geometry (Summer 2016)
- MATH 534 Elementary/Middle School Probability and Stats (Summer 2017)
- MATH 535 Using Technology in Elementary/Middle School Math (Summer 2017)
These courses will be offered in a two-week format in Minot and in Mayville during summer sessions
The math classes are supported by a grant. The grant pays the cost of tuition and fees, mileage, room (if staying on campus), books/materials, and follow-up activities. Enrollment in the grant-supported mathematics courses is also open to all North Dakota teachers. Visit Grant Funding for more information about this grant.
Registration, summer schedule, and housing information can be found on the Application/Registration page. Registration starts on March 25.
Summer 2015 Course Descriptions & Schedule
For Elementary and Middle School Teachers (taught in Minot and Mayville):
- MATH 534 Elementary/Middle School Probability and Stats (3 SH)
- MATH 535 Using Technology in Elementary/Middle School Math (3 SH)
- MATH 592 The Math-Science Connection for Grades K-8 Teachers (3 SH)
Math 532: El/MS Prob Solv/Alg Reasoning (3 SH)
The first part of this course will focus on Polya’s problem solving process. Students will be guided through the process and learn how to use assessment and evaluation tools. The second part of this course will focus on algebraic thinking. Students will learn about representing patterns mathematically, demonstrating properties of numbers both through manipulatives and symbolically, and apply their problem solving skills to algebraic problems.
Math 536: Number/ Operation in El/MS Math (3 SH)
The focus of this course will be on building conceptual understanding of mathematical operations with whole numbers, integers, and rational numbers in the form of fractions and decimals. Emphasis will be placed on the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and powers.
MATH/SCI 592: The Math-Science Connection for Grades K-8 Teachers (3 SH) (only taught in Minot)
This course will focus on scientific investigations at the elementary and middle school levels and the support that mathematics provides for interpreting results of those investigations. The following topics will be addressed: 1) making conjectures; 2) designing effective scientific investigations; 3) collecting data; 4) taking and interpreting measurements including their validity, reliability, and precision; 5) analyzing data in ways that are dependent on the mathematics known by students; 6) making and interpreting graphic representations of data; 7) learning types of mathematical relationships represented in graphs of data (e.g. linear, inverse, quadratic); and 8) writing mathematical relationships regarding data using independent and dependent variables.
MATH 592 Implementing the CCSS Mathematical Practices in Grades K-12 (2 SH) (only taught in Minot)
Content standards indicate the mathematical subject matter students should understand, while the standards for mathematical practice describe how students should engage with this subject matter. The practices and content must be connected to foster deep learning of mathematics. This course will help teachers better understand both types of standards and how to connect and implement them in their teaching of mathematics and also in the sciences. Participants will create standards-based lessons that will be shared with fellow participants. They will exchange materials and leave with up to 15 lessons, activities, projects, and applications to use in their classrooms. As part of the follow-up activities, participants will be required to implement and assess at least one of the lessons in their classrooms. They will also be required to report the results of the lesson and to reflect upon its implementation, student learning, and make suggestions for improvement.
CONTACT: If you have questions, please contact Dr. Cheryl Nilsen at Cheryl.Nilsen@minotstateu.edu or 701.858.3106 or 1.800.777.0750 ext 3106.