athematics Education

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Welcome to the MIC Mathematics Education Homepage! Whether you are someone interested in the MIC program, a current student, or alumni of the MIC program, we hope that you find what you need. This is a work in progress, so please let us know if there is something else you would like to see on here.

What is MIC?

The Master of Arts in Secondary Education with Initial Certification (MIC) at the University of Kentucky is an intensive one calendar-year program of 34 credit hours which leads to both a master's degree and initial teacher certification in the state of Kentucky. The MIC may be pursued in one of six subject areas: Business/Marketing, English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

The MIC Secondary Mathematics Education Program is intended to pave the way for entry into the profession of teaching by providing thoughtful experience in the high school setting, instruction with purposeful teaching practices, and advanced study in mathematics pertinent to teaching in the secondary school. The MIC program strives to help the student integrate the perspectives of the professional mathematician with the professional classroom teacher through experience with, and reflection on, best practices.

With this intense and competitive one calendar-year program 34-credit program, it is our intention to help students develop strong content knowledge in mathematics; the ability to lead a classroom of students; the ability to make meaningful connections, both within mathematics, to other subject areas, and to the world outside of school; and to be prepared to meet the standards by which beginning teachers are assessed.

Success in the program, and in teachers' careers, is derived from developing a deep understanding of purposeful pedagogy, mathematics knowledge for teaching, and a clear sense of what feeds the individual's passion for becoming a teacher.

We invite you to find out more about what we can do for you in our program and, more importantly, what you might be able to do for high school students because of our program. For more information, visit us in person. We look forward to meeting you!

What is the philosophical foundation of the MIC Program?

The College of Education at the University of Kentucky has adopted the model "Research and Reflection for Learning and Leading" as the conceptual framework for its professional education programs. In the MIC program, students will be given the opportunity to review, analyze, discuss, and apply research from diverse perspectives in education, including professional scholarship and practitioner inquiry, in order to reflect on their own practices as they study, observe, and practice in P-12 school and university classrooms.  Reflection will also be integrated into students’ learning opportunities through the production of written essays and analyses of observation and teaching experiences to help students take advantage of the analytical and problem-solving skills that comprise critical professional reflection on one’s own teaching. The MIC program emphasizes the commitment of the professional education unit to ensure that its graduates move into their professional lives equipped for life-long learning as educators who will be active in leading colleagues in their schools, districts, and professional organizations.  The ultimate goal in addressing these four themes is to produce teacher leaders who work together to improve student learning among diverse populations and improve education in Kentucky and beyond. 

The MIC program includes a specially designed, full-time professional year in which students spend four mornings a week in high schools in the fall, and fulltime in the spring, working collaboratively with UK and public school faculty to integrate theory and practice and prepare for work as professional teachers in KERA schools. The MIC program makes use of a cross-college team of faculty to plan integrated experiences for students and to encourage students to work cooperatively across disciplines. Students are members of two cohorts, a Common Core Cohort which is cross-disciplinary and functions in the fall, and a Subject Area Cohort which functions in the fall and the spring.

KERA Initiatives

The MIC Program provides students an opportunity to advance their knowledge and mastery of the “tools” associated with Kentucky education reform, including the Kentucky Learning Goals and Academic Expectations (LGAE), the Kentucky Program of Studies (POS), and the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS), which includes the Core Content for Assessment.  As students carry out projects and complete assignments that involve instructional activities for P-12 students in Kentucky schools, they will address all of the components of the KERA initiatives.  

Addressing Themes of Diversity, Assessment, and Technology

All UK professional education programs address and affirm the value of diversity in education, the use of technology to support all aspects of instructional programming, and the importance of attaining high levels of skill in assessing the outcomes of instruction.  The MIC program provides students an opportunity to demonstrate attention to these themes and reflect on the mechanisms that this course has provided to demonstrate improved skills in these areas.

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Updated on 08.31.2009
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