athematics Education

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The Common Core courses (13 credit hours):


EDC 777 and EDC 730--MIC Cohort Seminar--6 hours--Fall Semester

EDC 730 and EDC 777 combine to form the core of the MIC program for the fall semester, with supplemental material presented in your EDS, EPE, and EDP classes in adolescent psychology, students with special needs, and foundations of education.  Classroom management, technology, and multicultural education also will be addressed in the core and supplemental classes.  Our purpose in all of these courses is to give you both a sound theoretical foundation and in-depth experiences to enable you to become a professional educator who utilizes research and reflection in order to learn and lead in the classroom. 

In essence the purpose of these courses is to encourage you, the beginning teacher, to become a “student of teaching.”  Critical thinking is integral to the courses.  You will explore your beliefs about the purposes of education, your role in the school community, and models of teaching that best facilitate learning among diverse student populations. Underlying the entire semester will be an exploration of your notions of what public education should look like and the impact of personal experiences on your role as a teacher.  This is an opportunity to challenge you to begin thinking about the impact of theory, content, pedagogy, and personal experience on your behaviors and attitudes as a teacher.  Each topic we discuss will fall under one of the following categories:

  1. Foundations and philosophy of education in a democratic society,
  2. Teacher ethics and professionalism (behaviors, growth & development),
  3. Learning theory and adolescent development,
  4. General classroom practices (planning, classroom management, instructional strategies/design, & assessment).

Throughout the semester we will teach you to help your students develop their abilities to use communication skills, apply core concepts, become self-sufficient individuals, become responsible team/community members, think and solve problems, and integrate knowledge – Kentucky’s Six Learning Goals.  You will acquire knowledge and skills that will help you: 

  Design and plan for instruction (Kentucky New Teacher Standard or KNTS I)

  Create and maintain a supportive learning climate (KNTS II)

  Effectively implement instruction (KNTS III)

  Assess and communicate learning results (KNTS IV)

  Reflect upon and evaluate your own teaching/learning (KNTS V)

  Collaborate with colleagues and others (KNTS VI)

  Integrate technology in the instructional process (KNTS IX)


EDP 658--Problems in Educational Psychology--1 hour--Fall Semester

EDS 558--Issues in Special Education--1 hour--Fall Semester

EPE 773--Seminar in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation--1 hour--Fall Semester


EDC 631--Mathematics Pedagogy in the Secondary School--3 hours--Fall Semester

Through campus and school-based experiences, students will learn how to engage young people in learning mathematics and how to make decisions about planning instruction and develop assessment based on a sound knowledge base for applying content, materials, and methods (including educational technology) appropriate for high school students.


EDC 777--Spring Seminar--3 hours--Spring Semester

EDL 770--Topical Seminar in Educational Leadership: Teacher Leadership for the MIC Program--1 hour--Spring Semester


EDC 746--Subject Area Instruction in the Secondary School (Student Teaching)--9 hours--Spring Semester

     EDC 746 is a nine graduate credit hour course taken concurrently with student teaching. The purpose of student teaching and the student teaching seminar is to help student teachers continue to develop their knowledge, strategies, and the skills necessary in order to become a successful and productive Mathematics teacher capable of being a leader in the profession. With the support of cooperating teachers in area public schools, the course instructor, and university field supervisors, student teachers will apply the theories, methods, and techniques they have learned in the past in addition to what they will learn during their concurrent student teaching experiences. The purposes of the student teaching seminar are to:

  • Provide a forum in which student teachers may discuss issues, share ideas, and solve problems through peer and instructor collaboration

  • Extend student teachers’ knowledge of Mathematics theory, content, and pedagogy, especially as related to successful classroom implementation

  • Assist student teachers as they develop professional resumes and portfolios based on the Kentucky New Teacher Standards

  • Prepare student teachers for obtaining education-based employment in their area of expertise

Elective Course Options

One course (3 hours) needs to be in EDC. EDC 610 is highly recommended. It is offered in the Spring at night and in the summer. EDC 610: DISCIPLINE AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT--The course is designed to examine the causes of and solutions to disruptive and noncompliant behavior and classroom management problems that are within the control of the classroom teacher. The course content is designed around two approaches: (1) identifying prevalent problems and exploring specific solutions to them; (2) presenting selected strategies and applying them to a variety of problems. In both cases, alternatives are considered in the light of relevant theory, law, research and experience.

Two courses (6 hours) need to be in the Mathematics Department. MA 501 and MA 502 are typically the courses taken by the MIC students. They are offered in the spring and summer. You may take each one up to two times each. There are other options that you may discuss with your advisor, Dr. Mohr-Schroeder.

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Updated on 08.31.2009
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