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The Master of Science in Mathematics Instructional Leadership is a 30-credit degree program, comprising ten required and elective courses in mathematics, education, and mathematics leadership. It is designed for current teachers of mathematics at the elementary or middle school levels seeking to enhance their professional qualifications through graduate study. Individuals who successfully complete the program will be eligible for Maryland teaching endorsement as Mathematics Instructional Leader in either Grades PreK-6 or Grades 4-9. Courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening, and in the summer, to accommodate working teachers. This program does not lead to initial teacher certification.

Mission:

The Mathematics Instructional Leadership program’s mission is to create mathematics instructional leaders who demonstrate:

  • mathematical content knowledge.
  • mathematical practices.
  • pedagogical content knowledge.
  • knowledge of mathematical learning environments.
  • impact on student learning.
  • professional knowledge and skills.
  • success in field experiences.

To successfully complete this program, candidates will:

  • earn at least a C in all required courses;
  • earn a program grade point average of at least 3.0;
  • earn an average score of at least 3.0 on the leadership portfolio; and
  • earn (or have previously earned) the Maryland passing score on the middle school mathematics Praxis II content area assessment. The current MSDE requirement is a score of 165 on Middle School: Mathematics (#5169).

Hood College M.S. in Mathematics Instructional Leadership, Grades PreK-6:

The concentration in Grades PreK-6 includes four courses in mathematics, four courses in education, and two courses in mathematics education leadership. All courses align with NCTM CAEP Elementary Mathematics Specialist Standards and COMAR requirements for endorsement in Mathematics Instructional Leader, Grades PreK-6.

Mathematics requirement (12 credits):

  • MATH 500 Statistics
  • MATH 501 Explorations in Geometry
  • MATH 502 Explorations in Algebra
  • MATH 505 Discrete Mathematics

Education requirement (12 credits):

  • EDUC 546 The Teaching of Numbers, Operations, Algebraic Thinking in Elementary and Middle School Or EDUC 552 The Teaching of Algebra
  • EDUC 547 The Teaching of Geometry and Measurement in Elementary and Middle School Or EDUC 551 The Teaching of Geometry

One of the following Education electives:

  • EDUC 502 Technology for Literacy, Leadership and Learning
  • EDUC 534 Current Issues in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education
  • EDUC 545 Modern Math Methods
  • EDUC 553 Foundational Elements of STEM Education
  • EDUC 561 Teaching Diverse Learners in Inclusive Settings
  • EDUC 576 Curriculum and Methods in Special Education: Mathematics and Science
  • EDUC 578 Educational Leadership/Group Dynamics
  • EDUC 581 Research-Based Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
  • EDUC 583 Principles of Curriculum Development and Appraisal
  • EDUC 584 Systemic Change Process and School Improvement

Required (6 credits):

  • EDMA 530 Mathematics Education Leadership I
  • EDMA 531 Mathematics Education Leadership II: Practicum

In order to be eligible for MSDE endorsement as Mathematics Instructional Leader, grades PreK-6, candidates must complete the requirements listed above, hold a valid, professional certificate and present verification of 27 months of satisfactory teaching experience including mathematics.

Hood College M.S. in Mathematics Instructional Leadership, Grades 4-9:

The concentration in Grades 4-9 includes five courses in mathematics, three courses in education, and two courses in mathematics education leadership. All courses align with NCTM CAEP Elementary Mathematics Specialist Standards and COMAR requirements for endorsement in Mathematics Instructional Leader, Grades 4-9.

Mathematics requirement (15 credits):

  • MATH 500 Statistics
  • MATH 501 Explorations in Geometry
  • MATH 502 Explorations in Algebra
  • MATH 505 Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 599B Explorations in Calculus

Education requirement (9 credits):

  • EDUC 546 The Teaching of Numbers, Operations, Algebraic Thinking in Elementary and Middle School 
  • EDUC 547 The Teaching of Geometry and Measurement in Elementary and Middle School 

Two of the following Education electives:

  • EDUC 502 Technology for Literacy, Leadership and Learning
  • EDUC 534 Current Issues in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education
  • EDUC 545 Modern Math Methods
  • EDUC 553 Foundational Elements of STEM Education
  • EDUC 561 Teaching Diverse Learners in Inclusive Settings
  • EDUC 576 Curriculum and Methods in Special Education: Mathematics and Science
  • EDUC 578 Educational Leadership/Group Dynamics
  • EDUC 581 Research-Based Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
  • EDUC 583 Principles of Curriculum Development and Appraisal
  • EDUC 584 Systemic Change Process and School Improvement
  • EDUC 595 The Teaching of Statistics and Probability
  • EDUC 596 The Teaching of Mathematical Modeling

Required (6 credits):

  • EDMA 530 Mathematics Education Leadership I
  • EDMA 531 Mathematics Education Leadership II: Practicum

In order to be eligible for MSDE endorsement as Mathematics Instructional Leader, grades 4-9, candidates must complete the requirements listed above, hold a valid, professional certificate with certification in Middle School Mathematics and present verification of 27 months of satisfactory teaching experience including mathematics.