math instructional leadership

Mathematics Instructional Leadership (M.S.)

Graduate
  • 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

Relevancy

Mathematics Instructional Leaders need mathematical content knowledge and skills, pedagogical knowledge and skills, and leadership knowledge and skills. 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 and professional organizations advocate that every elementary school have access to a mathematics leader. Thus, it is likely that the need for Mathematics Instructional Leaders will grow in the coming years.

Flexibility

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

Program Contact

Christy Graybeal

Program Director

Phone
301-696-3838
Tanith Fowler Corsi

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone
301-696-3603

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 grade point average. 

The program does not lead to initial teacher certification and 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 Mathematics Instructional Leader, 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 Mathematics Instructional Leader, 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 599BSpecial Topic: Explorations 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

Our advisory board...

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All Faculty
Christy Graybeal

Christy Graybeal

  • Associate Professor of Education and Mathematics
  • Department Chair of Education

Tricia K. Strickland

  • Associate Professor of Education
  • Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning