Deepening Understanding of Mathematics Teaching, Learning, and Leading

Admissions

This application is year-round for any term. You will indicate which term you want to start taking courses in the application. In general, your application should be submitted by the corresponding application deadline for admission to specific terms. To apply, first complete a Non-Degree Application. Then, complete a Mathematics Instructional Leader application. When you apply, choose Mathematics Instructional Leader: preK-8 Specialization or Mathematics Instructional Leader: 6-12 Specialization.

See application requirements below for more information. You will need to fully complete all parts of the online application in one sitting. You will have the ability to edit your response as you will receive a copy of your application via email.

Before applying to our program you must:

  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Be a licensed teacher with three years of successful teaching experience by the end of the program
    • If interested in the PreK-8 specialization, hold a multiple subjects or foundational mathematics endorsement
    • If interested in the Grades 6-12 specialization, hold an advanced mathematics endorsement
  • Complete application procedures as outlined below

Application checklist

The following components are part of your College of Education application materials and will be uploaded via the program application linked above.

  • Unofficial or official transcripts demonstrating your readiness for graduate-level coursework
  • Résumé
  • Copy of teaching license
  • Copy of PEER form indicating the number of years you have been teaching
  • Statement of purpose
  • Recommendation form completed by two individuals that can speak to your mathematics teaching and/or leadership (e.g., administrator, colleague, curriculum coordinator). When you apply, you will be given a link to share with your recommenders​ so they can complete the recommendation electronically​.

Statement of Purpose

Your Statement of Purpose must be typed, double-spaced, in 12 point font, and between one to two pages in length. Include these two topics in your statement:

  1. As you know, schools and teachers are being held accountable for each child’s mathematical understanding and achievement. Mathematics assessment results, however, indicate that some groups of children continue to educationally lag behind than others. What factors do you consider to contribute to this mathematics achievement gap? What do you see as your role in being part of the solution to this significant problem?
  2. More and more, schools and districts are exploring/implementing creative solutions for assuring that every teacher working with elementary students can support the development of students as mathematicians (i.e., developing mathematical content knowledge and habits of mind, positive dispositions). What ideas do you have for accomplishing this at the classroom, school and/or district level? What can you contribute to this process? What do you hope to learn through this program?
     

Questions about the application process?

If you have questions about the SPED application process, contact askcoe@pdx.edu.