Mathematics Instructional Leadership, M.S.

Program Director: Christy Graybeal Ph.D.; graybeal@hood.edu; 301-696-3838

The Master of Science in Mathematics Instructional Leadership is a 30-credit degree program, comprising ten required and elective courses in mathematics, education, and mathematics leadership. It is designed for current teachers of mathematics at the elementary or middle school levels seeking to enhance their professional qualifications through graduate study. Individuals who successfully complete the program will be eligible for Maryland teaching endorsement as Mathematics Instructional Leader in either Grades PreK-6 or Grades 4-9. Courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening, and in the summer, to accommodate working teachers. This program does not lead to initial teacher certification.

Application Requirement

Candidates must be admitted to the Hood College Graduate School. It is assumed that most students in the program will be current elementary and middle school teachers, but anyone who meets the requirements of the Graduate School and the prerequisites for particular courses may enroll in the program. The program does not lead to initial teacher certification and only candidates who meet all program requirements will be eligible for the Maryland Mathematics Instructional Leader endorsement in either Grades PreK-6 or Grades 4-9.

Program Requirements

Grades PreK-6

The concentration in Grades PreK-6 includes four courses in mathematics, four courses in education, and two courses in mathematics education leadership.

To successfully complete this program, candidates will:

  • earn at least a C in all required courses; 
  • earn a program grade point average of at least 3.0; 
  • earn an average score of at least 3.0 on the leadership portfolio; and 
  • earn (or have previously earned) the Maryland passing score on the middle school mathematics Praxis II content area assessment.

In order to be eligible for MSDE endorsement as Mathematics Instructional Leader, grades PreK-6, candidates must complete the requirements listed below, hold a valid, professional certificate and present verification of 27 months of satisfactory teaching experience including mathematics.

 

Mathematics requirement (12 credits)

MATH 500Statistics

3.0

MATH 501Explorations in Geometry

3.0

MATH 502Explorations in Algebra

3.0

MATH 505Discrete Math

3.0

Education requirement (6 credits)

EDUC 546The Teaching of Numbers,Operations & Algebraic Thinking in Elementary & Middle School

3.0

EDUC 547The Teaching of Geometry & Measurement in Elementary & Middle School

3.0

Two of the following:
EDUC 502Technology for Literacy,Leadership & Learning

3.0

EDUC 534Current Issues in Early Childhood & Elementary Education

3.0

EDUC 545Modern Mathematics Methods

3.0

EDUC 553Foundations of Elementary STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) Education

3.0

EDUC 561Teaching Diverse Learners in an Inclusive Setting

3.0

EDUC 576Curriculum & Methods in Special Education:Mathematics and Science

3.0

EDUC 578Educational Leadership and Group Dynamics

3.0

EDUC 581Research-Based Teaching,Learning & Assessment

3.0

EDUC 583Principles of Curriculum Development & Appraisal

3.0

EDUC 584Systemic Change Processes for School Improvement

3.0

Required (6 credits)
EDMA 530Mathematics Education Leadership I

3.0

EDMA 531Mathematics Education Leadership II: Practicum

3.0

Grades 4-9 Concentration

The concentration in Grades 4-9 includes five courses in mathematics, three courses in education, and two courses in mathematics education leadership.

To successfully complete this program, candidates will:

  • earn at least a C in all required courses; 
  • earn a program grade point average of at least 3.0; 
  • earn an average score of at least 3.0 on the leadership portfolio; and 
  • earn (or have previously earned) the Maryland passing score on the middle school mathematics Praxis II content area assessment.

In order to be eligible for MSDE endorsement as Mathematics Instructional Leader, grades 4-9, candidates must complete the requirements listed below, hold a valid, professional certificate with certification in Middle School Mathematics and present verification of 27 months of satisfactory teaching experience including mathematics.

 

Mathematics requirement 15 credits

MATH 500Statistics

3.0

MATH 501Explorations in Geometry

3.0

MATH 502Explorations in Algebra

3.0

MATH 505Discrete Math

3.0

MATH 599BSpecial Topic: Explorations in Calculus

3.0

Education requirement 9 credits

EDUC 546The Teaching of Numbers,Operations & Algebraic Thinking in Elementary & Middle School

3.0

or

EDUC 552The Teaching of Algebra

3.0

EDUC 547The Teaching of Geometry & Measurement in Elementary & Middle School

3.0

or

EDUC 551The Teaching of Geometry

3.0

One of the following
EDUC 502Technology for Literacy,Leadership & Learning

3.0

EDUC 534Current Issues in Early Childhood & Elementary Education

3.0

EDUC 545Modern Mathematics Methods

3.0

EDUC 553Foundations of Elementary STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) Education

3.0

EDUC 561Teaching Diverse Learners in an Inclusive Setting

3.0

EDUC 576Curriculum & Methods in Special Education:Mathematics and Science

3.0

EDUC 578Educational Leadership and Group Dynamics

3.0

EDUC 581Research-Based Teaching,Learning & Assessment

3.0

EDUC 583Principles of Curriculum Development & Appraisal

3.0

EDUC 584Systemic Change Processes for School Improvement

3.0

EDUC 595The Teaching of Statistics & Probability: Decision Making with Mathematics

3.0

EDUC 596The Teaching of Mathematical Modeling: Strategies for Contemporary Problems

3.0

Required 6 credits
EDMA 530Mathematics Education Leadership I

3.0

EDMA 531Mathematics Education Leadership II: Practicum

3.0