Mathematics Department - Math for Teachers

Math for Teachers

An Outreach Program from the Rutgers University
Department of Mathematics

Program Information
Math for Teachers is an outreach program of the Department of Mathematics at Rutgers University that provides exte nded coursework to consider the mathematics you teach. As the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) are implemented, you will be asked to bring students to proficiency in "mathematical practices" such as:
  • Making math make sense
  • Explaining and justifying mathematical work
  • Strategically employing mathematical reasoning
  • Organizing computational procedures
Centered at the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University, Math for Teachers draws on the strengths of a faculty dedicated to the art of teaching and who have made major scholarly contributions to the field.
  • Instructional Quality. Courses are taught by full-time faculty members committed to teaching and advising. Instructional teams also include math educators and professional development providers.
  • Small classes. Enable extensive and personal interaction between students and faculty.
  • Research Resources. As a major state university, Rutgers offers extensive resources to support graduate research. Rutgers is a member of the Association of American Universities–the nationwide consortium of leading research universities–as well as the prestigious Committee on Institutional Cooperation, whose membership includes all Big Ten institutions and the University of Chicago.
  • Accessibility. Close to the Turnpike and NJ Transit, the program is available to students throughout New Jersey and beyond.
  • Educational Value. As the state university of New Jersey, a Rutgers education offers tremendous value.
Program Benefits
For Teachers
  • Deeper understanding of mathematics and related mathematical pedagogy.
  • Courses counting toward state and local professional development hours.
  • Masters-level courses at Rutgers University satisfying content course requirements for a NJ Mathematics Specialization Endorsement.
  • Courses accepted toward an Ed.M. in Math Education (contingent on admission to the Rutgers Graduate School of Education).
For Students
  • More mathematically meaningful, engaging instruction to improve computational fluency and conceptual understanding of mathematics.
  • A supportive learning environment that facilitates the development of confidence and competence in mathematics.
  • Motivation and self-confidence to engage with increasingly challenging curricula – especially early algebra and the transition to more advanced courses.
Courses are listed in the Rutgers University Graduate School Catalog under curriculum code 16:644 Mathematics for Teachers.
Courses include:
  • Seminar in Mathematical Ideas
  • Numbers, Operations & Algebraic Thinking
  • Algebraic Thinking for Upper Primary Grades
  • Algebra for Teachers of Grades 7 - 10
  • Geometry and Measurement for Middle School Teachers
  • Data and Probability
  • Problem Solving and Reasoning in Discrete Mathematics
  • Topics in Mathematics for Teachers
Related offerings include:
  • Courses offered by the Rutgers Graduate School of Education on lesson study on mathematical reasoning and motivation and affect in math classrooms.
  • Workshops offered by the Rutgers Center for Math, Science, and Computer Education on special education in mathematics and on support for English Language Learners in math.
Standard Rutgers graduate tuition rates apply. Tuition and fees may be paid from grants (if available). In some instances, tuition and fees may be paid by employers or reimbursed in accord with local policies and practices.
Application/Contact Information
For information on how to apply to the program, please contact:
Dr. Amy Cohen
Math Outreach Coordinator
Department of Mathematics
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
110 Frelinghuysen Rd.
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
Voice: 848–445–8260
Fax: 732–445–5530
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