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Mathematics Instructional Leadership (M.S.)

Graduate
  • Online
  • Master's

About this Program

The mathematics instructional leadership program offers a pathway for currently certified teachers to meet the requirements of the Maryland State Department of Education Mathematics Instructional Leadership endorsement in either grades PreK-6 or grades 4-9 while also earning a master’s degree.

Program Overview

Tuition & Fees

Relevancy

Mathematics instructional leaders need advanced knowledge and skills in mathematical content and pedagogy. Through coursework in mathematics, education and leadership the program provides all this and more.

Preparation for the Future 

Maryland’s adoption of the Mathematics Instructional Leadership endorsement is aligned with a nationwide movement in education. Professional organizations advocate that every elementary school have access to a mathematics leader. The need for competent mathematics instructional leaders will likely grow in the coming years.

Flexibility

Two concentrations (Grades PreK-6 or Grades 4-9) ensure applicability. Evening and summer courses accommodate working teachers. All program courses are offered online. Courses may be taken in a variety of sequences.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has several grants available to fund graduate coursework and classroom initiatives.

Student & Alumni Testimonials

"I felt the mathematics instructional leadership program would broaden my knowledge of mathematical concepts and skills, and would provide me with opportunities to support and improve my mathematical instruction." Ally Golightly, M.S.'21

Please note the mathematics instructional leadership master's program is not open to F1 students.

Degrees Offered

  • MS

Candidates must be admitted to the Hood College Graduate School. To be considered for admission to graduate study, the applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA.

The program does not lead to initial teacher certification. Only candidates who meet all program requirements will be eligible for the Maryland Mathematics Instructional Leader endorsement in either Grades PreK-6 or Grades 4-9.

For students applying to the M.S. in mathematics instructional leadership program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution attended.
  • A copy of teaching certificate.
  • A one-page statement describing how the program relates to previous academic and professional experience and to occupational or personal goals.

Program Requirements

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.

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.

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

 

Mathematics Requirement (12 credits)

MATH 500Statistics

3.0

MATH 501Explorations in Geometry

3.0

MATH 502Explorations in Algebra

3.0

MATH 505Discrete Math

3.0

Education Requirement (6 credits)

EDUC 546The Teaching of Numbers,Operations & Algebraic Thinking in Elementary & Middle School

3.0

EDUC 547The Teaching of Geometry & Measurement in Elementary & Middle School

3.0

Two of the following:

EDUC 502Technology for Literacy,Leadership & Learning

3.0

EDUC 534Current Issues in Early Childhood & Elementary Education

3.0

EDUC 545Modern Mathematics Methods

3.0

EDUC 553Foundations of Elementary STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) Education

3.0

EDUC 561Teaching Diverse Learners in an Inclusive Setting

3.0

EDUC 576Curriculum & Methods in Inclusive Classrooms: Math and Science

3.0

EDUC 578Educational Leadership and Group Dynamics

3.0

EDUC 581Research-Based Teaching,Learning & Assessment

3.0

EDUC 583Principles of Curriculum Development & Appraisal

3.0

EDUC 584Systemic Change Processes for School Improvement

3.0

Required (6 credits)

EDMA 530Mathematics Education Leadership I

3.0

EDMA 531Mathematics Education Leadership II: Practicum

3.0

Grades 4-9 Concentration

The concentration in Grades 4-9 includes five courses in mathematics, three courses in education and two courses in mathematics education leadership.

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.

In order to be eligible for MSDE endorsement as a mathematics instructional leader for grades 4-9, candidates must complete the requirements listed below, hold a valid, professional certificate with certification in middle school mathematics and present verification of 27 months of satisfactory teaching experience including mathematics.

Mathematics Requirement (15 credits)

MATH 500Statistics

3.0

MATH 501Explorations in Geometry

3.0

MATH 502Explorations in Algebra

3.0

MATH 505Discrete Math

3.0

MATH 503Explorations in Calculus

3.0

Education Requirement (9 credits)

EDUC 546The Teaching of Numbers,Operations & Algebraic Thinking in Elementary & Middle School

3.0

 or

 

EDUC 552The Teaching of Algebra

3.0

EDUC 547The Teaching of Geometry & Measurement in Elementary & Middle School

3.0

 or

 

EDUC 551The Teaching of Geometry

3.0

One of the following

EDUC 502Technology for Literacy,Leadership & Learning

3.0

EDUC 534Current Issues in Early Childhood & Elementary Education

3.0

EDUC 545Modern Mathematics Methods

3.0

EDUC 553Foundations of Elementary STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) Education

3.0

EDUC 561Teaching Diverse Learners in an Inclusive Setting

3.0

EDUC 576Curriculum & Methods in Inclusive Classrooms: Math and Science

3.0

EDUC 578Educational Leadership and Group Dynamics

3.0

EDUC 581Research-Based Teaching,Learning & Assessment

3.0

EDUC 583Principles of Curriculum Development & Appraisal

3.0

EDUC 584Systemic Change Processes for School Improvement

3.0

EDUC 595The Teaching of Statistics & Probability: Decision Making with Mathematics

3.0

EDUC 596The Teaching of Mathematical Modeling: Strategies for Contemporary Problems

3.0

Required 6 credits

EDMA 530Mathematics Education Leadership I

3.0

EDMA 531Mathematics Education Leadership II: Practicum

3.0

Register for the JEDI badge through our Non-Degree Graduate Application.

Registration discount available for FCPS employees and for all other business partners under the NeighborHOOD program. For non-degree related registration questions, email hoodgrad@hood.edu.

Course Listings

Winter 2021: January 3, 2022 - January 21, 2022

  • HUM 599D: The African American Experience (3 Credits, online asynchronous)

Spring 2022: January 25, 2022 - May 14, 2022

  • HUM 560S: Otherness (3 Credits)

Summer II 2022: Registration begins April 25, 2022

  • AFHS 524: Race & Racism in America (3 Credits)

EDUC 561: Teaching Diverse Learners in Inclusive Settings
3 Credits |1/25/2022 - 5/14/2022 | Tuesday's 5:10-7:55pm

Synchronous online | Non-degree & degree options available

Enhance your diversity-inclusion skillset by completing a weekly online workshop to earn credit towards your MSDE special education requirement. Designed to develop skills, attitudes and understanding to enable early childhood, elementary and secondary teachers to educate learners with special needs. Topics include inclusion, educational planning, teaching techniques, student assessment, and classroom organization and management skills.

Register for EDUC 561: Teaching Diverse Learners in Inclusive Setting

For questions about this course, email gofurther@hood.edu.

Program Contact

Christy Graybeal

Program Director

Phone
301-696-3838
Nick Masucci

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission

Phone
Office: 301-696-3601 Cell/WhatsApp: 240-651-4015

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All Faculty
Christy Graybeal

Christy Graybeal

  • Professor of Education and Mathematics
  • Chair, Department of Education
  • Program Director, Mathematics Education and Math Instructional Leadership

James Parson

  • Department Chair of Mathematics
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics
Strickland

Tricia K. Strickland

  • Associate Professor of Education
  • Program Coordinator, Elementary & Special Education
Kevin Giffhorn

Graduate Alumni Focus | Kevin Giffhorn

Kevin Giffhorn, Mathematics Education M.S.'10 Alumni Faculty Graduate School Graduate Student

"Both the math and education professors helped me learn better teaching methods to use in my classroom and higher level math topics to enhance the curriculum. Additionally, my classmates were amazing teachers and I learned a lot from them."

  • Academics
  • Math & Computer Sciences
  • Education
Ally Golightly

Graduate Alumna Focus | Ally Golightly

Ally Golightly, Mathematics Instructional Leadership M.S.'21 Alumni Graduate School Graduate Student

"I felt the Mathematics Instructional Leadership program would broaden my knowledge of mathematical concepts and skills, and would provide me with opportunities to support and improve my mathematical instruction."

  • Academics
  • Math & Computer Sciences
  • Education
Wendy Wheeler

Graduate Student Spotlight | Wendy Wheeler

Wendy Wheeler, M.S. Math Education Graduate School Graduate Student

Wendy Wheeler is currently enrolled in Hood College's graduate program in Mathematics Education. She has taught 5th grade math for over 17 years.

  • Academics
  • Math & Computer Sciences