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Middle Level Math (MMA)|Science and Mathematics Teaching Center

Middle Level Math Concentration (MMA) 

Program Information: 

The SMTC Masters of Science in Natural Science Middle Level Math concentration was developed at the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center (SMTC) with National Science Foundation (NSF) funds, to expand math content knowledge and knowledge of appropriate pedagogy for instruction at the middle-level grades. The participant focus for this program is teachers contracted to teach mathematics at the middle-level who do not currently have a mathematics content certification/degree. Practicing teachers accepted into the program will be part of a cohort of teachers from across the state. Eight graduate classes (24 core hours) have been developed by faculty in the Colleges of Education and Arts and Science (Mathematics & Statistics) and exemplary mathematics teachers in Wyoming. The content courses can be used as professional development towards meeting the federal definition of a "highly qualified" teacher. Additionally, PTSB is continuing to use this Middle Level Math program as a model in developing middle school standards.

The MMA courses are offered on a 2-year rotation. Half are offered in the fall and spring semesters via distance learning utilizing Ecompanion and Elluminate. The other half are offered on the University of Wyoming Campus during three weeks in June. Each new cohort of students is accepted to begin in the summer of each year. Depending on enrollment in the program new students may be accepted in the fall or spring semesters.



The Masters in Natural Science - Math program must include 30 hours of course work with a:

  • Minimum of 24 hours in mathematics and mathematics education
    • 15 hours in natural sciences (NASC prefix)
    • 9 hours from appropriate science and mathematics courses in other department
  • 6 additional Graduate Credits
  • Completion of a Plan B (non-thesis) paper

 

Teaching Endorsement Options

Short Course Descriptions

Plan B Paper Guidelines

 

The deadline for applications for the upcoming Summer Session is April 15th!

Spring 2014

MATH 5140 Numbers and Operations (3)

Summer 2014 (Courses will begin June 9th and go through June 27th)

NASC 5215 Technology (3)
NASC 5185 Analysis of Data (3)

Fall 2014

Math 5160 Social and Historical Issues (3)

Spring 2015

NASC 5205 Methods for Teaching Middle Level Math (3)

Summer 2015

NASC 5170 Connecting Geometry (3)
NASC 5225 Assessment (3)

Fall 2015

MATH 5190 Mathematics of Change (3)

 

Before you apply, please ask yourself the following three questions: 

1) Am I certified teacher?

2) Am I currently teaching? 

3) Have I taught for at least two years? (Recommended but not required)

If you answered "yes" to all of these questions, then this program will probably be a great fit for you! Our courses are designed for current teachers who have had experience teaching in their own classroom. While we can make certain exceptions, we believe that teachers get more out of our program after they have at least two years experience. Because of this, we do not accept students who have only recently completed their undergraduate coursework. If you are uncertain whether or not you meet these criteria, please call or email us with questions. 

How to Apply: 

To apply for our programs, go the University of Wyoming website here. Find the admissions graduate tab and either enter your UW username and password or start a new application.  Once you have access to the admissions website complete all the information that is required.  For the Program of Study choose Natural Science MS - College of Education (Middle Level Math)

 

The following need to be included for a complete application:

  • Pay a $50 application fee
  • a current resume,
  • GRE scores or an alternative GRE portfolio (see information below)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A college transcript from the college where you got your bachelors’ degree
  • A writing sample which will be sent to you by admissions

 

All of the above information is either uploaded or filled in on the website.  Nothing needs to be sent here to SMTC except the GRE Alternative portfolio. 

Send the GRE Portfolios to:  University of Wyoming – SMTC, 1000 E University Ave Dept. 3992, Laramie, WY 82071

 

If you have questions or are having any problem please contact SMTC at 307 766-6381307 766-6381307 766-6381  and we will be very happy to help you.  Applications are due April 15th or by the following Monday if that falls on a weekend.

 

 

*The SMTC does provide an alternative option to the GRE. It is called an Alternative Portfolio and the instructions and rubric can be found here.


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