Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction - Teaching Proportional Reasoning & Related Topics in Grades 6-12

Course Code
MATH 512  Credits
Title Teaching Proportional Reasoning & Related Topics in Grades 6-12 
Prerequisite Be enrolled in a Masters program or have a prior Masters degree and have at least 15 credits of undergraduate mathematics with a course grades of C- or better. 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is an in-depth study of the mathematics behind the concepts of ratio, proportion, and percent. The course will review educational research and the curricular scope and sequence these topics as they appear in 8-12 curricula. Typical developmental patterns regarding proportional thinking will be examined and students will learn to use the Chelsea Diagnostic Test as a formative assessment. Pedagogical best practices for teaching these topics will then be examined and practiced, including the “10 essential understandings of ratios and proportions” identified by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Students will apply this material to create a teaching unit that addresses proportional reasoning as it is used in one of the classes they teach or expect to teach.