13 Apr 2015

A new way to multiply educators

A new way to multiply educators

Author: Kristen Maxwell  /  Categories: Campus, Education  / 

After having taught mathematics in 3 different states and 5 different junior highs and high schools, I decided to leave the classroom and learn how to coach mathematics teachers. After six years of working with school district math coaches, teachers and principals, I made the switch to teaching at Heritage University almost three years ago.

My entire career I have wanted to teach math teachers so they could help their students learn that mathematics is easier than they suppose. Not only do I get the chance to teach brand new teachers here at Heritage University, but this summer I will be able to teach Elementary Mathematics Specialists with a new Master of Education program we are developing.

This program is part of the Teacher Leadership program and is designed specifically for educators who have a K-8 Elementary Education certificate. After two years of working through 32 credits of coursework and passing the state test for Middle Level Mathematics, they will have the ability to get the Elementary Mathematics Specialist endorsement, allowing them to coach and train other teachers to teach math better.

I have enjoyed the process of developing this new Master degree program. As I have worked with professors from both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education, I have learned that multiple perspectives are what make our program strong. I look forward to getting approval from the Professional Educator Standards Board so Heritage University can be the first to offer this innovative degree.

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