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athematics Education

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1. What is the common core?

The Common Core (MIC Seminar, MIC Program, Teaching Across Curriculum in Secondary Schools) translates the principles embedded in Research and Reflection for Learning and Leading eleven themes:

  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Classroom Management
  • Classroom Research
  • Educational Reform
  • Foundations
  • General Pedagogy
  • Legal/Administrative Perspectives
  • Multicultural Education
  • Field Experience
  • Students with Special Needs
  • Technology

2. How time-consuming is the program?

In the fall, students work in interdisciplinary cohorts in high schools during the morning. in the afternoon, students divide their time between the Common Core and their Subject Area Methods course. This melding of the Common Core with a parallel emphasis on subject area pedagogy, along with a regular opportunity to observe and apply what is being studies, ensures that all MIC students have an opportunity to learn to apply theory in practical situations.

In the spring, the emphasis shifts to the application of subject matter-specific skills. An interdisciplinary approach is maintained as students work together in schools as student teachers and come together for a Monday night seminar in which students are provided an opportunity to examine Common Core themes in the context of their field experiences. In addition, the subject area cohort is maintained by gathering bi-weekly on Wednesday afternoons at the different school sites to share, discuss, brainstorm, and problem solve common situations, problems, and opportunities the student teachers are experiencing in their classrooms. In addition, an in-depth look at and discussion of the Kentucky New Teacher Standards allows the students to work on small projects to be used in the final portfolios.

As previously mentioned, the MIC program is a very intensive program (34 graduate hours within one year). This is an exceptional course load for a graduate student. Other employment is not recommended. However, we do realize there are financial situations in which the student must work. In these cases, it is recommended that you limit your outside work to around 20 hours a week. Again, it will be very difficult to work outside of the program. If you do need to work, make sure you have a flexible schedule. There are many presentations and classes that take place at varying times. If you have a fixed work schedule, then you will find you have many conflicts throughout the year. Outside work is not an excuse for not completing your work on time or in a satisfactory manner. Especially in mathematics education, there are several scholarship, loan programs, and fellowship opportunities to aid in financing your Master's Degree.

3. What are the prerequisites for admittance in to the MIC program?

The MIC program is a competitive program. Your GRE scores and your GPA are especially important as you show proficiency in mathematics in order to be a successful mathematics teacher and to ensure that you are a highly qualified teacher according to the standards set by the United States Government and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree (mathematics or secondary mathematics education preferred, but not limited to) from an accredited institution of higher education with a minimum GPA of 2.75 in mathematics and an overall GPA of 2.5. If one does not have a bachelor's degree in mathematics or secondary mathematics education, then one must meet the mathematics content requirements (36 hours) for a bachelor's degree. See #10 below for more specific options.

  • Admission into the UK Graduate School which requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75, 3.0 GPA in any graduate work, and standardized test scores (GRE).

  • Demonstration of adequate skills in written and oral communication.

  • Demonstration of complex skills, understandings, and dispositions through the medium of faculty interviews, admission portfolio materials, and written and oral tasks at the time of the admission interview.

  • Composite score of 800 on Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE, a minimum score of 4.0 on the Analytical Writing Section. A score in the 50th percentile or above on the Quantitative section is highly encouraged!!

  • 100 hours of observation in a secondary mathematics education classroom or completion of EDC 362. Be sure to keep a log of your hours and have your supervising teacher and yourself sign and date the log at the completion of your observations!

4. What does my application include?

  • File a complete application with the UK Graduate School and keep a copy for yourself. Be sure to remember you log-in information as you will need it to update your application. You may find the online application and directions for applying for the graduate school at this site: http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/gsapplication.html

  • If you are not a secondary mathematics education or mathematics major, please meet with Dr. Mohr-Schroeder (MICmath@coe.uky.edu) regarding your mathematics coursework for the program.

  • File a complete application packet. Application instructions can be found at: http://www.uky.edu/Education/EDC/Math/mic/application.html

  • Three letters of recommendation. Two of these letters should be from professors or teachers you completed your observations with so they can attest to your ability to be a successful teacher and your mathematics content knowledge.

  • After a review of application materials, you may be chosen for an interview. This is a formal interview with the mathematics education program faculty, including the completion of required written and oral communication tasks.

5. When are applications due?

Applications are due in full by February 1 the Spring before one wants to enter the MIC program. Only completed will be considered for formal interviews. Formal interviews are typically conducted at the end of February/beginning of March. You usually know whether or not you have been accepted by the end of March prior to the fall start of the MIC program. Late admissions begins immediately after the February 1 deadline. We work on an individual and case-by-case basis to get your application, interview, and decision completed as soon as possible.

6. There are 9 hours of electives I can take. Can I just choose what classes I wish to take?

No! You must get your electives approved by your advisor, Dr. Mohr-Schroeder, prior to taking the course. If you choose to take courses without getting program faculty approval, you run the risk of the course not counting, which in turn could delay your graduation. Although they are elective hours, there are some restrictions as to which electives you can take. If you are completing the 6/6 program, please meet with Ms. Antoinette Davis to ensure you are taking the correct electives.

7. How does the formal interview work?

You will need to arrive at your interview 15 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time. You will pick up your writing sample and complete it in the 15 minutes prior to your interview. You will then come in for you interview comprised of mathematics education program faculty. Your mathematics GPA, overall GPA, GRE scores, subject matter knowledge, concept of teaching, oral/writing skills, enthusiasm, potential as a teacher, and knowledge of diversity comprise your interview score.

8. What PRAXIS tests do I need to pass and when should I take them?

You are required to take 3 PRAXIS examinations (www.ets.org). The PRAXIS Specialty Area Examinations cover 2 of these required tests. If you have not taken the content examinations yet, you will need to do so before the end of the fall semester. [0061 Mathematics: Content Knowledge & 0063 Mathematics: Proofs, Models, & Problems Part I]. Current passing scores are 125 and 141 respectively. You will take the Principles of Learning & Teaching (PLT) test in the spring during your student teaching. Please DO NOT take this test before you are recommended to do so; it is usually around April when you are recommended to take the PLT.

9. What exactly will my degree and certification be after completing the MIC program?

The completion of this program leads to a Master’s of Arts in Education and an initial teaching certificate for grades 8-12 in mathematics.  Your certification level will be Rank II Initial Certification at the end of this program.  This certification is obtained through an application in TEB 166 at the completion of the program.  There are fees and other criteria related to this certification.  Please see the Academic Services and Teacher Certification website for more information.

10. What are my options for meeting the content requirements for admission into the MIC program?

In order to qualify for the MIC program you must complete either the university’s Bachelor of Arts in Education for secondary education--mathematics education (through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction), a Bachelor of Science Degree in mathematics (through the Mathematics Department), or a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics  from a different university. 

If you choose to complete the BA in Secondary Education--Mathematics from UK then you will need to complete the required major courses, minor areas, and related studies requirements for the degree.  This degree qualifies you for the MIC program. Please refer to the advising website for more information regarding this program. 

            A second route to completing your individual subject area preparation is to receive a Bachelor’s degree from the mathematics department at UK.  Please refer to the appropriate information and documents.  For this option it is also necessary to complete 100 hours of field placement credit.  You must observe in the secondary mathematics classroom to fulfill this requirement.  This may be completed on your own or through EDC 362.  If completed on your own, then it is up to you to contact the school and/or teacher to make the observation arrangements. In addition, Mathematics requires EDC 421, offered in the spring only.

            A third option is to complete a degree from another institution.  These students must be approved for admittance by the program faculty.  These students are required to complete 100 hours of field placement credit also.  It is often the case that students must take undergraduate subject area courses to fulfill the major requirements for the equivalent of the BA in Education, secondary mathematics, if their coursework does not align with the program structure.  The program faculty will determine which courses will need to be taken by comparing a transcript and course descriptions with UK’s syllabi. In general, the courses required for secondary mathematics majors are listed below. There are 36 hours total required. In many cases, the program faculty chair can make substitutions. Please note that no math course below Calculus I may be counted towards the 36 hours:

  • MA 113 Calculus I                                                            

  • MA 114 Calculus II                                                    

  • MA 213 Calculus III                                           

  • MA 261 Introduction to Number Theory, Not offered in Summer

  • MA 310 Mathematical Problem Solving for Teachers, Spring Only    

  • MA 320 Introductory Probability (cross listed with STA 320)                       

  • MA 322 Matrix Algebra and its Applications                   

  • MA 330 History of Mathematics, Spring Only

  • MA 341 Topics in Geometry, Not offered in Spring

  • Select two courses from the following, 6 hrs                                                                     

  • MA 214 Calculus IV           

  • MA 321 Introduction to Numerical Methods

  • MA 351 Elementary Topology I, Fall Only        

  • MA 361 Elementary Modern Algebra I, Fall Only

  • MA 415G Graph Theory, Fall Only

  • MA 416G Principles of Operations Research              

 11. What are my chances of getting into the MIC program?

This varies from program to program and there is not a certain number of applicants who will be interviewed or accepted. While the science and math programs are competitive, the social studies and English programs are perhaps more so simply due to the large number of applicants each year.   Interested students should therefore take time to prepare for the GRE, accurately complete the application, and prepare for the interview.   

12. What transcripts do I need to provide in my application?

We need official transcripts from any other university that you have attended in addition to UK.  For your UK transcript it is acceptable to print an unofficial transcript from webUK.  It is important to note that the graduate school will require an official transcript from UK.  Any coursework completed while still in high school is listed on your UK transcript and therefore we do not need a transcript of this credit. 

13. Do I need an official GRE score sheet in my application?

No.  A copy of your official scores will suffice for your MIC application.  However, the official scores should be sent to the graduate school for their records. 

14. How do I document field hours if I did not complete EDC 362?

Use the documentation sheet to list all of your experiences.  These must be detailed with activities and time spent in the schools.  While it would be nice to take your word for your hours, it is necessary to have a school official verify that these hours have been completed.  This usually occurs by having the cooperating teacher sign your field hours documentation sheet.  These must be accurate to ensure the diversity of your experiences in education.  Please do not take these hours lightly as many students have recognized that the education field is not what they expected nor would they like to have a career in the education.          

 

 

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