College of Education Academic Programs

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The K-5 Mathematics Endorsement program is designed to strengthen and  advance mathematics content knowledge, provide professional growth, and promote changes in practice that impact student achievement.  To be eligible for the program, an individual must hold a Clear Renewable teaching certificate and have a minimum of one year of teaching experience. With this endorsement, individuals teaching mathematics in grades K-5 will be eligible to earn salary incentives when funded by the General Assembly.

Program Description

The K-5 Mathematics Endorsement program is designed to strengthen and advance mathematics content knowledge, provide professional growth, and promote changes in practice that impact student achievement.  To be eligible for the program, an individual must hold a Clear Renewable teaching certificate and have a minimum of one year of teaching experience. With this endorsement, individuals teaching mathematics in grades K-5 will be eligible to earn salary incentives when funded by the General Assembly.

Method of Delivery

Hybrid (partially online)

Accreditation

The University of West Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACCSCOC).

This program accredited by NCATE.

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 12
Maximum Hours Transferable into program:

Tuition & Fees

Save money.

Online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many ways. No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Out-of-state students are not charged non-resident tuition rates.

The bottom line - value.

Our online courses are as affordable as you will find among accredited schools.

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/. (Fully online courses appear as NET charges on the bottom of the Bursar's spreadsheets.)

Coursework

This describes the general course work required for this program.

General:

Elementary Mathematics I - EDME-7271

Description: This course focuses on preparing K-5 Mathematics Endorsement candidates to: understand and use the major concepts of number and operations in mathematics for K-5, including expressing, transforming, and generalizing patterns and quantitative relationships through a variety of representations; In addition, candidates will: solve problems using multiple strategies, manipulatives, and technological tools; interpret solutions; and determine reasonablesness of answers and efficiency of methods; as well select and use a variety of formative and summative assessment techniques to monitor student progress, gauge students¿ mathematical understanding, and interpret school-based progress. Must be taken concurrently with EDME 7271L.

Elementary Mathematics I Lab - EDME-7271L

Description: Co-requisite: EDME 7271. Supervised and coordinated series of real applications of the knowledge and skills occurring in actual K-5 classroom settings that allow students to further develop and demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired in coursework. Residency experiences shall require demonstration of the content knowledge and pedagogical skills acquired in Elementary Mathematics I.

Elementary Mathematics II - EDME-7272

Description: This course focuses on preparing K-5 Mathematics Endorsement candidates to: understand and use the major concepts of probability and data analysis for grades K-5, solve problems using multiple strategies, manipulatives, and technological tools; interpret solutions; and determine reasonableness of answers and efficiency of methods. In addition, this course will nurture collaboration, critical thinking, hands-on exploration, manipulative use, problem-based inquiry, technology utilization, and activity implementation addressing various learning styles; and will select and use a variety of formative and summative assessment techniques to monitor student progress, gauge student¿s mathematical understanding, and interpret school-based progress. Must be taken concurrently with EDME 7272L.

Elementary Mathematics II Lab - EDME-7272L

Description: Co-requisite: EDME 7272. Supervised and coordinated series of real applications of the knowledge and skills occurring in actual K-5 classroom settings that allow students to further develop and demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired in coursework. Residency experiences shall require demonstration of the content knowledge and pedagogical skills acquired in Elementary Mathematics II.

Advanced Strategies for Teaching Elementary Mathematics - EDME-7273

Description: Co-Requisiste: EDME 7273L Exploration of techniques and strategies for teaching mathematics in the elementary school, including diversity, data-driven instruction, grouping for instruction, and technology in the classroom.

Advanced Strategies for Teaching Elementary Mathematics Lab - EDME-7273L

Description: Co-Requisite: EDME 7273 Supervised and coordinated series of real applications of the knowledge and skills occurring in actual K-5 classroom settings that allow students to further develop and demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired in coursework. Residency experiences shall require demonstration of the content knowledge and pedagogical skills acquired in Advanced Strategies for Teaching Elementary Mathematics.

Faculty

This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

  • The applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited United States institution, or the equivalent from an international institution.
  • The applicant must be in academic good standing at the institution last attended.
  • The applicant must file an official application and related documents.
  • The applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on all undergraduate work at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree.
  • The applicant must submit a copy of his/her clear renewable teaching certificate in a PSC approved field.
  • Then applicant must have a minimum of one year of teaching experience.
  • The successful applicant must not have a criminal record or discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for related teacher certifications.
  • Applicants must contact the departments to which they seek admission for information concerning program specific requirements.

Application Deadlines

General Admission Deadlines:

July 15 - Fall

November 15 - Spring

May 15 - Summer

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/~gradsch/apply.php

One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

Dates

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.

Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php

* Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.

Learning Objectives

The courses in the K-5 Mathematics Endorsement have several purposes for candidates:

  • To understand and use the major concepts of mathematics for grades K-5
  • To solve problems using multiple strategies, manipulatives, and technological tools
  • To interpret solutions and determine the reasonableness of answers and efficiency of methods
  • To nurture collaboration, critical thinking, hands-on exploration, manipulative use, problem-based inquiry, technology utilization, and activity implementation addressing various learning styles.
  • To select and use a variety of formative and summative assessment techniques to monitor student progress, gauge students' mathematical understanding, and interpret school-based progress
  • To demonstrate a deep understanding of how K-5 students learn mathematics and of the pedagogical content knowledge appropriate to K-5 mathematics teaching.