Arizona Teacher initiative: Institute for Mathematics and Education
The Arizona Teacher Institute has developed a three-year part-time master’s degree for middle school teachers, which includes content courses in mathematics and education and two final projects, an action research project and a mathematics research activity. The mathematics courses are taught by postdoctoral and faculty members in the Mathematics Department at the University of Arizona. As this degree shifts from one that is externally funded as part of a special program (ATI) to one that is a regular graduate degree option in our department, the courses will need to become part of the mainstream mathematics courses at a research institution. As part of this shift, a variety of mathematicians need to be prepared to teach mathematics content courses to practicing middle school teachers. In this presentation, we will report on our efforts to prepare mathematics faculty to effectively teach these non-traditional mathematics students.