FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) will offer a master’s degree designed especially for middle and high school math teachers, beginning in January 2009. The degree requirements include a selected blend of math, methods, and theory that apply to the daily work of teachers.
The master’s program in mathematics education is a 33 credit hour cohort program that begins in the spring semester of the academic year and concludes formal course work in the summer session, three semesters later. For example, the program beginning in January 2009 will finish its formal classroom sessions in the summer of 2010.
Proponents of the program say it’s a blend of theory and practice which will support teachers as they improve their teaching. If a teacher chooses to pursue National Board certification, this program will help them prepare for it, as well as Indiana mentor certification and additional graduate work at the doctoral level.
Applicants are expected to have the prerequisite for these courses as part of their undergraduate curriculum.Applicants must also hold a five-year proficient practitioner’s license beyond the two-year initial practitioner’s license. A copy of the license must be included in the application package. Other restrictions and requirements will apply.
For more information, contact Professor James Hersberger in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at 260-481-6234.