Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching

Michael Flynn, Director

Sarah Bent, Assistant Director

Janet Paquette, Senior Administrative Assistant


413-538-2063
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/professional-graduate/mamt

Overview and Contact Information

The Master of Arts in Teaching, Mathematics program is designed for K-8 teachers and math coaches looking to strengthen their mathematical content and pedagogical knowledge, enhance their skills in mathematics teacher leadership, and develop their professional credentials and expertise to make a difference in the field of mathematics education. This 32-credit program is structured around educators’ schedules so they can balance work, family, and life responsibilities while pursuing a graduate degree. Students can attend the week-long summer courses on campus or participate online through our dynamic hybrid learning format. The academic year courses are conducted online.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree.

M.A.T.M. Learning Goals

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Teaching, Mathematics will:

  1. Have a deep conceptual understanding of the mathematical content in each of the following mathematical domains appropriate to K-8 grade levels, including:
    1. Counting and cardinality
    2. Number and operations in base 10
    3. Operations and algebraic thinking
    4. Measurement and data
    5. Geometry
    6. Ratios and proportional relationships
    7. The number system
    8. Expressions and equations
    9. Functions
  2. Understand how students make sense of the mathematical ideas in each domain and how these concepts and skills build from kindergarten through eighth grade.
  3. Appreciate the power and complexity of students’ mathematical thinking.
  4. Know what questions to ask of students that will deepen their mathematical understanding.
  5. Use and/or adapt curriculum to meet the needs of their students.
  6. Connect their experiences in the courses to current research from the field.
  7. Develop rich images of teacher leadership at all levels from sharing their classroom work to coaching and mentoring colleagues to leading professional learning opportunities to advocating for the profession.
  8. Participate fully in the mathematics education community at the local, state, and national levels.

Virginia Bastable, Ed.D., University of Massachusetts

Sarah Bent, M.A.T., Mount Holyoke College

Zachary Champagne, M.A., University of North Florida

Amy Chang, M.Ed., University of Massachusetts Amherst

Stephanie Charbonnet, M.A.T, Mount Holyoke College

Michael Flynn, M.Ed., Lesley University

Marta Garcia, M.A., Florida Atlantic University

James Hanson, M.A.T., Mount Holyoke College

Shauna Hedgepeth, M.S., University of Southern Mississippi

Mary Keller, M.A.T., Mount Holyoke College

Patricia Kepler, M.Ed., George Mason University

Lauren Lamb, M.A.T., Mount Holyoke College

Yi Law Chan, M.Ed., Bank Street College of Education

Bryan Meyer, M.Ed., High Tech High Graduate School of Education

Susan Jo Russell, Ed.D., Boston University

Deborah Schifter, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

Karen Schweitzer, M.A.T., Mount Holyoke College

Janice Szymaszek, M.Ed., Smith College

Kaneka Turner, M.A.T., Mount Holyoke College; M.Ed., University of Phoenix

Elizabeth Van Cleef, M.S., Bank Street College of Education

Polly Wagner, M.Ed., Lesley College

Curriculum and Requirements

This 32-credit program is built around the latest research and best practices in math education. The core component of the work is the Developing Mathematical Ideas curriculum. The two-and-a-half-year program involves three intensive summer sessions (three weeks each, except the final summer of two weeks) and two academic years of online work.

Each summer will consist of three weeks of courses, some focused on mathematics, others on educational leadership. The final summer will consist of one week of mathematics and one week of educational leadership. Students may attend in person on our beautiful campus at Mount Holyoke College or online through our virtual leaning environment during the summer sessions.

Each academic year will include four credits of work each semester, all conducted online. The academic year online courses blend asynchronous assignments in mathematics or educational leadership with live virtual learning sessions. During the virtual learning sessions, participants have the option to attend in person on campus.

Sample Plan of Study

Summer
X.MATH-400Developing Mathematical Ideas: Building a System of Tens2
X.MATH-401Developing Mathematical Ideas: Making Meaning for Operations2
X.MATH-407Developing Mathematical Ideas: Reasoning Algebraically About Operations2
Fall
X.MATH-460Connecting Arithmetic to Algebra4
Spring
X.MATH-424Developing Mathematical Reasoning4
Summer
X.MATH-406Developing Mathematical Ideas: Patterns, Functions, and Change2
X.MTHED-408Professional Development for Coaching Mathematics2
or X.MTHED-409 Educational Leadership I: Exploring the Rules of Math Teacher Leadership
X.MATH-402Developing Mathematical Ideas: Examining Features of Shape2
Fall
X.MTHED-465Action Research on Learning and Teaching4
Spring
X.MTHED-466Action Research on Math Teacher Leadership4
Summer
X.MATH-405Developing Mathematical Ideas: Measuring Space in One, Two, and Three Dimensions2
X.MTHED-411Educational Leadership II: Facilitating Adult Learning2
Total Credits32

Admission

The M.A.T. in Mathematics is designed for teachers, math coaches, math specialists, and math interventionists in grades K-8 who have a teaching license (initial or professional) and at least a bachelor's degree. The program is ideal for educators looking to strengthen their skills and expertise as math teachers and those who wish to enhance their professional credentials in order to become teacher leaders in mathematics education.

To apply to the M.A.T., Mathematics program, prospective students must complete an application and upload all supporting materials via the online application. Send official transcripts to:

Amy Nichols
Professional and Graduate Education
Mount Holyoke College
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075

Financing

Please see Graduate Tuition, Fees, Financing, and Financial Aid for further information.

Course Offerings

Mathematics

X.MATH-400 Developing Mathematical Ideas: Building a System of Tens

Fall. Credits: 2

Participants will explore the base-ten structure of the number system, consider how that structure is exploited in multi-digit computational procedures, and examine how basic concepts of whole numbers reappear when working with decimals. They will study the various ways children naturally tend to think about separating and combining numbers and what children must understand in order to work with numbers in these ways.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
J. Agron, S. Charbonnet, M. Flynn
Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAT, MATM, and MATL students only

X.MATH-401 Developing Mathematical Ideas: Making Meaning for Operations

Fall. Credits: 2

This course provides opportunities for participants to examine the actions and situations modeled by the four basic operations. The course will begin with a view of young children's counting strategies as they encounter word problems, moves to an examination of the four basic operations on whole numbers, and revisits the operations in the context of rational numbers.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
J. Agron, T. Kepler, L. Lamb, J. Szymaszek
Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAT, MATM, and MATL students only

X.MATH-402 Developing Mathematical Ideas: Examining Features of Shape

Credits: 2

Participants examine aspects of two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes, develop geometric vocabulary, and explore both definitions and properties of geometric objects. The seminar includes a study of angle, similarity, congruence, and the relationships between three-dimensional objects and their two-dimensional representations. Participants examine how students develop these concepts through analyzing print and video cases as well as reading and discussing research articles.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
A. Chang, S. Bent
Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAMT students only
Instructor permission required.

X.MATH-404 Developing Mathematical Ideas: Working With Data

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 2

Students will work with the collection, representation, description, and interpretation of data. They will learn what various graphs and statistical measures show about features of the data, study how to summarize data when comparing groups, and consider whether the data provides insight into the questions that led to data collection.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
The department
Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAMT students only

X.MATH-405 Developing Mathematical Ideas: Measuring Space in One, Two, and Three Dimensions

Credits: 2

Participants will examine different aspects of size, develop facility in composing and decomposing shapes, and apply these skills to make sense of formulas for area and volume. They will also explore conceptual issues of length, area, and volume, as well as their complex interrelationships.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Y. Chan
Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAMT students only

X.MATH-406 Developing Mathematical Ideas: Patterns, Functions, and Change

Credits: 2

Participants discover how the study of repeating patterns and number sequences can lead to ideas of functions, learn how to read tables and graphs to interpret phenomena of change, and use algebraic notation to write function rules. With a particular emphasis on linear functions, participants also explore quadratic and exponential functions and examine how various features of a function are seen in graphs,tables, or rules. Participants examine how students develop these concepts through analyzing print and video cases as well as reading and discussing research articles.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
V. Bastable, M. Flynn J. Hanson, K. Schweitzer
Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAMT students only

X.MATH-407 Developing Mathematical Ideas: Reasoning Algebraically About Operations

Credits: 2

Participants examine generalizations at the heart of the study of operations in the elementary grades. They express these generalizations in common language and in algebraic notation, develop arguments based on representations of the operations, study what it means to prove a generalization, and extend their generalizations and arguments when the domain under consideration expands from whole numbers to integers.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
J. Szymaszek, K. Turner
Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAMT students only

X.MATH-411 Math for Elementary Teachers

Credits: 2

This course equips educators planning to teach mathematics at the elementary (K-6) level with the foundations for teaching math and an understanding of the "why" underlying the formulas, procedures, and reasoning. Using an inquiry-based approach, future teachers learn about a range of topics relevant to elementary school (K-6) math pedagogy and curricula. Topics covered include: number sense, operations, data analysis, functional relationships, algebraic thinking, and geometry/measurement. At the end of the course, students are prepared to meet both federal Common Core standards and Massachusetts state standards, and to support their students by using best practices in math education.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
J. Agron
Restrictions: This course is offered for graduate students only.

X.MATH-424 Developing Mathematical Reasoning

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

Developing Mathematical Reasoning (DMR) builds on and extends the work of Connecting Arithmetic to Algebra. Participants will work with a five-phase model for instruction in mathematical argument: Noticing, Articulating, Representing Specific Instances, Creating Mathematical Argument, and Comparing and Contrasting Operations. They will examine and implement a set of lessons designed to engage their own students with generalizations about the operations using these phases of instruction. DMR investigates how this approach to mathematics thinking supports a range of mathematics learners including those who have difficulty with grade-level mathematics and those who need additional challenge.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
The department
Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAMT students only
Advisory: X.MATH-460 Connecting Arithmetic to Algebra.

X.MATH-460 Connecting Arithmetic to Algebra

Fall. Credits: 4

Connecting Arithmetic to Algebra (CAA) is a year-long professional development experience in which teachers consider generalizations that arise from the study of number and operations in grades 1 through 7. They examine cases of students who are engaged in the process of articulating general claims, working to understand those claims, and learning how to prove them. The course also focuses on how this approach to mathematical thinking supports a range of mathematics learners, including those who have difficulty with grade- level mathematics and those who need additional challenge.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
V. Bastable
Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAMT students only

Mathematics Education

X.MTHED-404 Effective Practices for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics identified eight practices for effective teaching of mathematics. Teacher leaders from around the country have been strategizing and working to develop unique ways to implement these practices in K-12 classrooms. Each live online session will explore a different practice in depth with one of the teacher leaders who designed it. Students will then work to implement the practice in their own classrooms and analyze how it affects student learning.

X.MTHED-404DV Effective Practices for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics: "Developing Students' Mathematical Sense-Making'

Spring. Credits: 2

Recent math reform efforts emphasize the importance of developing students' conceptual understanding over teaching procedures for students to memorize. For many teachers, this is a shift in practice because their own experiences in mathematics have been with the latter. In this course we will draw upon some of the leading experts in the field to explore how we can develop students' understanding in the domains of counting and cardinality, geometry, number and operations in base ten, algebraic reasoning, measurement, and functions. In each class session, we will explore one or more domains in depth as we engage in mathematical tasks and analyze student thinking through video and print cases.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
S. Bent, M. Flynn

X.MTHED-408 Professional Development for Coaching Mathematics

Credits: 2

This course is designed for elementary math specialists with responsibilities for supporting teachers in the development of strong mathematics education programs. Participants explore issues related to: learning mathematics while in the context of teaching; facilitating the professional development of colleagues; teachers' and students' ideas about mathematics and learning; and fostering a stance of collaborative investigation. By way of a central theme of mathematics learning, the institute will offer coaches opportunities to explore, through the coaching perspective, ideas of number and geometry in the elementary grades.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
P. Wagner
Restrictions: This course is offered for graduate students only.

X.MTHED-409 Educational Leadership I: Exploring the Rules of Math Teacher Leadership

Credits: 2

This course will explore the roles of teacher leadership in math education at the local, state, and national level. Topics will include coaching, mentoring, writing (blogs, journals, op-eds, articles), professional learning communities (virtual and face- to-face), and advocacy. Participants will consider current issues and challenges facing students and teachers with regard to math education and will work to develop action plans to address these issues in the coming school year.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
M. Allen, M. Flynn
Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAMT students only

X.MTHED-410 Educational Leadership II: Facilitating Professional Learning

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 2

This institute focuses on learning to teach one of the Developmental Mathematical Ideas (DMI) modules. Participants will choose a particular DMI module on which to concentrate their facilitation work. The institute will include examination of the central mathematical ideas of the module, identifying key goals for each session, discussion of the process of interacting with participants both in the institute sessions and through written responses, as well as opportunities for practice facilitation.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
V. Bastable
Restrictions: This course is offered for graduate students only.
Advisory: Prior experience with a DMI seminar recommended.

X.MTHED-411 Educational Leadership II: Facilitating Adult Learning

Credits: 2

This course provides opportunities for participants to develop skills and knowledge to enable them to design and implement professional learning opportunities in mathematics for adults. Activities focus on four aspects: the importance of identifying key ideas and goals for professional learning, strategically using both small and whole group formats, an analysis of the range of professional learning opportunities for teachers, and opportunities to practice facilitating professional learning with an audience of teachers.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
M. Flynn
Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAMT students only

X.MTHED-412 Mathematics Coaching: Designing Effective Professional Development

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 3

This course provides opportunities for math specialists/coaches of grades K-8 to design, develop, critique, implement, give, and receive feedback on mathematics professional development experiences that align with the Common Core standards and the particular needs of the school/district's participating staff. Topics include staying focused on mathematics while developing collaborative relationships, communicating with teachers and administrators, developing leadership skills, and continuing to be a learner. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to move a school and/or district toward their mathematics goals by providing both support and press for teachers who teach mathematics.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
The department
Restrictions: This course is offered for graduate students only.
Advisory: Prior experience with a DMI seminar recommended.

X.MTHED-413 Supporting the Range of Learners in Mathematics Classrooms

Spring. Credits: 2

Every teacher wants each student to achieve to the highest levels. And yet knowing how to do this can feel hard, overwhelming, and/or unclear. To make diverse classrooms feel more manageable and productive, this course will provide concrete methods and strategies teachers can use in classrooms to support all students. Students will engage in interesting mathematics every session; leave each session with something concrete to try in your classroom; read and analyze current research on supporting diverse learners; research your own students through case work and discussions with colleagues; and have new thought partners and colleagues who will be invested in your students' success.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
J. Sunkle, P. Wagner
Restrictions: This course is offered for graduate students only.

X.MTHED-422 Research on Learning: Implementing the Common Core Math Practice Standards

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 2

This course is focused on implementing mathematics instruction to support the development of conceptual understandings of mathematics. Topics include creating a classroom climate for productive mathematics discussion, posing open-ended math tasks, asking probing questions, and exploring teacher moves that both challenge and support individual student learning. Analyzing classroom cases of practice will be a key feature.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
The department
Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAMT students only
Advisory: Prior experience with a DMI seminar recommended.

X.MTHED-444 Developing Mathematical Ideas Facilitation

X.MTHED-444LT Developing Mathematical Ideas Facilitation: 'Leadership Training'

Credits: 1

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
M. Flynn
Restrictions: This course is offered for graduate students only.
Prereq: X.MATH-400 or any other DMI class.

X.MTHED-465 Action Research on Learning and Teaching

Fall and Spring. Credits: 4

This course will include action research on the mathematics learning of students and pedagogical moves of teachers. Participants will produce written cases of practice based on audio or videotaped classroom discussions and interviews with their own students. Participants will analyze their own cases and those of their colleagues to examine the learning of students and the impact of teacher moves. Course instructors will also provide individual feedback based on the classroom cases.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
M. Garcia
Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAMT students only
Notes: Online.

X.MTHED-466 Action Research on Math Teacher Leadership

Spring. Credits: 4

The course involves action research on the impact of teacher leadership roles in mathematics education. Students will implement the action plan created during Educational Leadership I, develop a capstone project, and report the results so the group can provide critical feedback and support. The scalable nature of this work allows each student to define a leadership role and project to fit their interests and professional goals.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
S. Bent
Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAMT students only
Advisory: X.MTHED-409 Educational Leadership I.

X.MTHED-473 Creating Accessible Mathematics Classrooms

Fall. Credits: 2

Supporting students with disabilities in mathematics can be enhanced by developing teachers' mathematical content and pedagogical knowledge. This course will broaden teachers' understanding of universal design for learning, EDC accessibility strategies, and the implementation of effective instructional routines. The course will also review the history of the disability rights movement with a lens on mathematics education and the importance of respecting neurodiversity. Participants in the course will leave with specific skills and strategies they can implement in their own educational settings

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
A. Gael
Restrictions: This course is offered for graduate students only.