This is a unique program designed for mathematics secondary teachers, or for those who wish to teach mathematics at that level. The program requires basic mathematics knowledge including a course in calculus.
The program is designed to introduce teachers to The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and the Mathematical Practices associated with them. It seeks to train them to develop and implement a curriculum based on these standards. The program focuses on deepening the participants' understanding of mathematical concepts and the connections among the various branches, so they are understood as a coherent whole through the K-12 spectrum. The content courses are designed to increase the participants' self-efficacy with higher level mathematics and to enhance their teaching with additional depth and breadth of content. Each course integrates teaching methods and content seamlessly and emphasizes the pedagogy of the particular course content. The program trains participants to implement knowledge gained in each course in their own classroom by emphasizing the creation of new lesson plans based on the CCSS. The program increases teachers’ confidence and helps prepare them to become leaders and advocates for mathematics and science education in their own school and district.