New Program in Mathematics Instructional Leadership

 |  Fall 2016

We are thrilled to announce that the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) has approved Hood College’s proposal for a new Master of Science in mathematics instructional leadership program. We anticipate that the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) will also approve this program in the next month.

This program is designed for current teachers in Maryland to earn a master’s degree while meeting MSDE requirements to be considered a mathematics instructional leader. One endorsement is for teachers of grades pre-K-6, and the other is for teachers of grades four through nine. To be eligible for the endorsement, certified teachers must complete credits in content knowledge for teaching mathematics, pedagogical knowledge for teaching mathematics, leadership knowledge and skills and a supervised practicum.

While there is not yet a statewide mandate for each elementary and middle school to have at least one state-endorsed mathematics instructional leader, several national organizations recommend the use of mathematics instructional leaders or elementary math specialists to enhance student achievement. These include the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics. Thus, the new program will allow Hood to become a leader in this national movement.

Admission to the new program will begin in fall 2016, but the program builds off of the Master of Science in mathematics education and the Master of Science in curriculum and instruction programs, so current Hood College Graduate School students who are interested in pursuing an endorsement should contact the program director, Ann Stewart, Ph.D., at stewart@hood.edu to discuss options.

by Christy Graybeal, Ph.D.

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