The Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and other organizations recommend twenty-one credits of mathematics coursework for prospective middle school teachers, beginning with a foundation based on mathematics for the elementary school curriculum, and followed by advanced courses directly addressing middle school mathematics. Three simultaneous factors—the emergence of the Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Program at James Madison University, the release of CBMS guidelines, and a statewide focus on a critical shortage of qualified middle school teachers—provided an immediate audience for new upper-division courses built around the guidelines in probability/statistics, algebra, geometry, and calculus/analysis. We will discuss our experience with course planning and adaptation of other programs.
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"An Advanced Mathematics Program for Middle School Teachers,"
Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations: Vol. 7
, Article 13.
Available at: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jmsce_vamsc/vol7/iss1/13