In partnership with NYCDOE, CUNY is pleased to provide all elementary and middle school teachers with an opportunity to earn a tuition-free 15 credit micro-credential in mathematics content and pedagogy. It will provide graduate coursework focusing on strong instructional practice and the content that is critical to student success in Algebra I and beyond.
Five Course Sequence:
Applicants are asked to commit to the full course sequence
Course 1: SEYS 767.3 Developing Algebraic Thinking in the Middle Grades (5-9)
Developing algebraic thinking is more than simply practicing how to “solve for x.” It involves recognizing patterns, modeling relationships between and among quantities, comparing and analyzing quantitative relationships, variables and functions, and nontraditional, non-routine problem solving. This course will build on these ideas and provide suggestions and methods for developing algebraic thinking in the middle grades.
Course 2: SEYS 767.3 Mathematical Initiatives and Methods in the Middle Grades (5-9)
This course will help introduce and familiarize students with a variety of methods for planning, instruction, discourse, assessment and reflection of mathematics in the middle grades (5 – 9). Students will discuss and implement strategies to help teachers create, facilitate and assess mathematical ideas for all learners. Course activities will provide a basis for the development of competent math teachers, including familiarity with relevant research, sources of information, and instructional assistance. Student will be given opportunities to practice each idea in action.
Course 3: SEYS 767.3. Mathematical Foundations of the Secondary School Curriculum
Designed to give prospective secondary school mathematics teachers an understanding of the mathematics they will be teaching as well as the history of mathematics. An examination will be made of the thought underlying the secondary curriculum, from a consideration of the nature of mathematics and mathematical thought to the construction of simple mathematical models drawn from secondary school topics. Common student misconceptions will be addressed.
Course 4: SEYS 767.3 Mathematics in the Junior High or Middle School
The focus of the course is on the improvement of instruction through the examination of the most current issues concerning mathematics instruction in the middle school and the latest curriculum, instructional strategies, manipulatives, and technologies that can be used to enhance the learning of mathematics for all junior high and middle school students.
Course 5: SEYS 767.3 Research Seminar in Mathematics Education
As a discipline, mathematics education is a very young science. It evolved from the work of psychologists, mathematicians, and educators who, during the early part of the 20th century, formulated hypotheses to be examined and studied in the context of the mathematics classroom. This course will examine two main questions: how does research influence classroom practice, and how does practice influence research? Answers to these questions will help you to become a critical consumer of mathematics education research, and to explore connections between research and practice.
Tuition and fees:
Tuition and fees for current NYCDOE elementary and middle school teachers will be paid by CUNY, however, textbooks for courses are NOT covered. Participants will be responsible for purchasing books and materials for each course. All elementary and middle school teachers are encouraged to apply.
Spring 2020 Application Deadline is Dec. 2, 2019
How to Apply:
• Select Non-Degree Spring 2020
• Select Adolescent Education: Math-Post Bacc Adv. Cert.
• You are not required to pay the application fee. The system will prompt you to pay but simply ignore the prompt.
• You may upload transcripts into any uploadable section. (If you have any issues, please send a copy of your transcript to GRAD@qc.cuny.edu) All applicants must submit a cover letter indicating application as a non-degree candidate for the Algebra for All (A4A) & CUNY Micro-credential program. Please note your application will not be processed unless you include both the cover letter and transcripts. Missing items will cause unnecessary delays in the processing of your application.
• At the end of this process, it is necessary to click the “Submit Application” link at the bottom right-hand side of the page.
Step 1: Confirmation
• Step 2 (Final Step): Signature and click the "Submit Application" button. A confirmation message will appear.