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					                            Department of Mathematics and Science Education
                                            105 Aderhold Hall
                                         Athens GA 30602-7124
                                Phone: 706.542.4194 | Fax: 706.542.4551
                                      http://www.coe.uga.edu/mse
                                              mse@uga.edu

                                   Program Handbook for the
                            BSEd in MATHEMATICS EDUCATION


Dear Prospective Student:

Thank you for your interest in the University of Georgia Mathematics Education undergraduate
degree program. The Mathematics and Science Education Department at the University of
Georgia is renowned for its scholarly contributions to mathematics education research,
curriculum development, and policy at local, state, and national levels. Committed to the
preparation of prospective mathematics teachers and continued professional development of
practicing mathematics teachers, we offer a nationally accredited program preparing students to
teach mathematics in secondary school (grades 6-12). The program emphasizes a blend of
mathematical studies, professional studies, and practical experiences in schools. Students will be
acquainted with the latest developments in curriculum and instruction, including instructional
technology. Graduates of the program are eligible for initial teacher certification in Georgia.

There are two program options available to you, both of which lead to certification to teach
secondary mathematics. Graduates may receive the Bachelor of Science in Education degree or
they may pursue in a dual degree program awarding both a Bachelors of Science in Education in
Mathematics Education and Bachelors of Science in Mathematics. The dual program combines
the requirements for Mathematics and Mathematics Education into a single program; this
program requires wise and careful course selections in order to meet the requirements for both
degrees.

As part of our mission to maintain, continuously monitor, and improve our program for the
Bachelor of Science in Education and improve the quality of secondary mathematics teachers,
we have implemented a new application procedure. Please note that candidates do not have to
select their program option at the time of application submission. This packet includes (a) this
introductory letter, (b) the policy for admission to the undergraduate program in mathematics
education, (c) the undergraduate mathematics education program overview, (d) an application
form, and (e) the tutoring experience reflection documentation that you must successfully
complete as one of the application requirements. Please carefully review the criteria for the




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tutoring experience and have any questions addressed by the undergraduate coordinator for
mathematics education before you begin the experience.

We wish you continued success in your pursuit to become a secondary mathematics teacher. If
you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us.

Sincerely,



Denise S. Mewborn                Douglas Griffin
Department Head                  Undergraduate Coordinator
dmewborn@uga.edu                 doug1115@uga.edu




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                                                                       Name_____________________
                                                                      ID Number_________________

                                     POLICY FOR ADMISSION TO

                UNDERGRADUATE MATHEMATICS EDUCATION PROGRAM

Admission to the undergraduate Mathematics Education program is competitive. There may be
more students who wish to enter than there are available seats in the program. Faculty must
select the most qualified students from the population of students who meet the minimum
requirements for entry into the program. Admission to the undergraduate Mathematics Education
degree program requires the following minimum qualifications:

       An overall grade point average of at least 2.75;
       Successful completion of MATH 2250 (Calculus I), MATH 2260 (Calculus II), and two
        of the following: MATH 2500 (Multivariable Calculus), MATH 3000 (Introduction to
        Linear Algebra), and MATH 3200 (Introduction to Higher Mathematics), each with a
        grade of C 1 or better;
       Passing scores on the GACE Basic Skills Assessment or exemption 2;
       Completion of at least 30 clock hours of tutoring pre-college students in a structured
        setting in the mathematics of grades 6-12 with required documentation;

All students meeting these requirements will then be ranked using the following formula:

5 × [grade in MATH 2250 (Calculus I) + grade in MATH 2260 (Calculus II) + grade in
MATH 2500/3000/3200 + grade in MATH 2500/2000/3200 + overall grade point average].

A minimum of 57.25 points is required to be considered for admission. Students who have at
least 57.25 points will then be rank ordered, and the 25 students having the highest point totals
will be admitted to the program each semester. In the event of a tie, we will admit 26 students. A
student who has been admitted for a given semester and is unable to enroll due to an emergency
will automatically be allowed into the next cohort s/he is able to join. Students can reapply as
many times as they wish.

The 30-hour tutoring experience is an integral component of your application for admission. Our
goal for this experience is to help teacher candidates focus on how students learn and do
mathematics. It should involve the mathematics content of grades 6-12 and students of ages 11-
17 who are not yet enrolled in post-secondary studies. Tutoring in a structured setting and
working with students whose background is dissimilar to your own is preferred. This experience
must be documented with the tutoring experience reflection documentation found at the end of
this packet.

The purpose of this new admissions procedure is to allow candidates to demonstrate their
commitment to both their own learning and to students’ learning so that faculty can select the


1
 Note: A C- is NOT acceptable.
2
 Applicants may exempt GACE if they have earned a qualifying score on one of these tests: SAT (Critical Reading
and Mathematics scores combined ≥ 1000), ACT (English and Mathematics scores combined ≥ 43), GRE (Verbal
and Quantitative scores combined ≥ 1030). For more information on GACE see www.gace.nesinc.com.


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                                                              Name_____________________
                                                             ID Number_________________

strongest possible cohort each semester. Experiences with students, with the diversity of people
who populate Georgia’s schools, and with intellectual challenges will be highly valued.

Upon acceptance the program, the following requirements are necessary for completion:

      Maintain a 2.75 overall GPA;
      Complete all requirements set forth by the university and the degree program in which
       you are enrolled;
      Successfully complete all classes in the major (mathematics, statistics, mathematics
       education, general education), each with a grade of C or better;
      Conduct yourself professionally in all field placements;
      Earn passing scores on Georgia certification tests that, in addition to graduation, are
       required for certification.

As indicated by my signature below, I understand the policy for the admission into and
completion of the undergraduate Mathematics Education degree program.



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Name                                                                  Date




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                                                                            Name_____________________
                                                                           ID Number_________________

         UNDERGRADUATE MATHEMATICS EDUCATION DEGREE PROGRAM OVERVIEW


University requirements such as US. history, U.S. and Georgia constitutions, environmental literacy, and
Regents Exam must be met.

Area I: Foundations (9-10)             Area V (9)                              Professional Education (33)
ENGL 1101 _____                        History/Political Science (6)           EMAT 3450 _____
ENGL 1102 _____                        HIST 2111-2 _____                       EMAT 3500 _____
MATH 1113/2250 _____                   POLS 1101 _____                         EMAT 4500 _____
                                       Social Science (3)                      EMAT 4360 _____
Area II: Sciences (8)                  Course: _______________                 EMAT 5360 _____
Physical Science (4)                                                           EMAT 5460 _____
Course: _______________                                                        EMAT 4950 _____
                                       Area VI: Major Related (18)
Course: _______________                EFND 2110 _____
                                       EFND 2120 _____                         Major Electives (12)
Life Science (4)                                                               Choose at least 2:
Course: _______________                SPED 2000 _____
                                       EPSY 2130 _____                         MATH 2500 _____
Course: _______________                                                        MATH 4010 _____
                                       Course: _______________                 MATH 5210 _____
                                       Course: _______________                 MATH 3100 _____
Area III: Quant. Reas. (4)
MATH 2250/2260 _____                                                           MATH/STAT______________
                                       Teaching Field (18)                     MATH/STAT______________
Area IV (12)                           MATH 3000 _____
                                       MATH 3200 _____                         Choose:
World Language/Culture (9)                                                     EMAT 4450 _____
Course: _______________                MATH 4000 _____
                                       MATH 5200 _____                         EMAT 4550 _____
Course: _______________                EMAT 4680 _____                         EMAT 4600 _____
Course: _______________                STAT 4070/4210;                         EMAT 4650 _____
Course: _______________                MATH 4600 _____
                                                                               General Electives (6)
Humanities/Arts (3)
                                                                               Course: _______________
Course: _______________
                                                                               Course: _______________
Course: _______________
                                                                               Course: _______________



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University-wide Requirements:
Environmental Literacy _____
GACE Basic Skills _____
GA Const _____
Fed Const _____




Physical Education _____
Regents’ Reading _____
Regents’ Writing _____




                     DETAILS OF MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Teaching Field

For both BSEd and Dual BS/BSEd degree students, a minimum of 30 hours of upper level (3000+)
content courses are required, including at least one course in each of linear algebra, geometry,
abstract algebra, statistics or probability, instructional computing, and introduction to higher
mathematics. Typically, a student working toward a BSEd takes the following content courses:

MATH 3000           Introduction to Linear Algebra. (3 hours)
MATH 3200           Introduction to Higher Mathematics. (3 hours)
MATH 4000           Modern Algebra and Geometry I. (3 hours)
MATH 5200           Foundations of Geometry I. (3 hours)
EMAT 4680           Technology and Secondary School Mathematics. (3 hours)
STAT 4070           Probability and Statistics for Secondary Teachers, STAT 4210 Statistical
                    Methods, OR MATH 4600 Probability & Statistics. (3 hours)
Plus 4 content electives

Students working toward a Dual BS/BSEd typically take the following content courses:

MATH 3000           Introduction to Linear Algebra. (3 hours)
MATH 3100           Sequences and Series. (3 hours)
MATH 3200           Introduction to Higher Mathematics. (3 hours)
MATH 4000           Modern Algebra and Geometry I. (3 hours)
MATH 5200           Foundations of Geometry I. (3 hours)
MATH 4600           Probability & Statistics OR STAT 4510 Mathematical Statistics I. (3 hours)



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MATH 4100           Real Analysis, MATH 4150 Complex Variables, OR MATH 4250
                    Differential Geometry. (3 hours)
EMAT 4680           Technology and Secondary School Mathematics. (3 hours)
Plus two content electives, one of which must have an MATH prefix

Students have a variety of choices for content electives, including the following:

MATH 2500            Multivariable Calculus (3 hours)
MATH 3100            Sequences and Series. (3 hours)
MATH 5210            Foundations of Geometry II. (3 hours)
MATH 4010            Modern Algebra and Geometry II. (3 hours)
MATH 4150            Complex Variables. (3 hours)
MATH 4250            Differential Geometry. (3 hours)
MATH 4400            Number Theory. (3 hours)
MATH 4690            Graph Theory. (3 hours)
MATH 4670            Combinatorics. (3 hours)
EMAT 4450            Mathematics in Context. (3 hours)
EMAT 4550            Contemporary School Mathematics. (3 hours)
EMAT 4600            Problem Solving in Mathematics. (3 hours)
EMAT 4650            Historical and Cultural Foundations of Mathematics. (3 hours)




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Professional Education Courses

The required mathematics education sequence, totaling 33 hours taken over four semesters, includes
courses and practica for mathematics curriculum, mathematics instruction, student teaching, and a
post-student teaching seminar.

EMAT 3450           School Practicum in Secondary Mathematics. (3 hours)
EMAT 3500           Concepts in Secondary School Mathematics. (3 hours)
EMAT 4500           Connections in Secondary School Mathematics. (3 hours)
EMAT 4360           Teaching and Learning Secondary School Mathematics. (3 hours)
EMAT 5360           Secondary School Mathematics Field Experience. (3 hours)
EMAT 5460           Student Teaching in Secondary School Mathematics. (15 hours)
EMAT 4950           Professional Seminar in Secondary School Mathematics. (3 hours)

These courses are taken in the following configuration:

1st semester             EMAT 3450            School Practicum in Secondary Mathematics. (3
                                              hours)

                         EMAT 3500            Concepts in Secondary School Mathematics. (3
                                              hours)

                         EMAT 4680            Technology and Secondary School Mathematics. (3
                                              hours)

2nd semester             EMAT 4500            Connections in Secondary School Mathematics. (3
                                              hours)

3rd semester             EMAT 4360            Teaching and Learning Secondary School
                                              Mathematics. (3 hours)
                         EMAT 5360            Secondary School Mathematics Field Experience. (3
                                              hours)

4th semester             EMAT 5460            Student Teaching in Secondary School Mathematics.
                                              (15 hours)
                         EMAT 4950            Professional Seminar in Secondary School
                                              Mathematics. (3 hours)




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              UNDERGRADUATE MATHEMATICS EDUCATION PROGRAM

                                APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Please include the following in your application package:

      application form (p. 9 of this packet)
      signed Policy for the Admission of Students (p. 3-4 of this packet)
      30-hour tutoring experience reflection documentation (p. 11-13 of this packet) [Note:
       You have until the last day of the semester to complete your tutoring experience and turn
       in the documentation. However, the application form and signed policy statement must be
       received by the deadline noted below.]

All documents must be typed/word processed. To add additional space to a table in the
application, highlight a row, on the task bar select table, then select insert, and then select insert
rows above or below. In the interest of conservation the application can be submitted via email to
Mr. Doug Griffin at doug1115@uga.edu. Hard copies can be sent to Mr. Doug Griffin,
Department of Mathematics and Science Education, 105 Aderhold Hall, Athens, GA 30602-7124
or dropped off in his mailbox in 105 Aderhold.

For fall semester entry, the application and signed policy statement must be received no later
than 5:00 pm on the third Friday in January; for spring semester entry, the application and signed
policy statement must be received no later than 5:00 pm on the third Friday in September.
Tutoring experience reflection and documentation must be received by the last day of the
semester.

Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent to the e-mail address provided in the
application.




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                                                               Name_____________________
                                                              ID Number_________________
             UNDERGRADUATE MATHEMATICS EDUCATION PROGRAM
                          APPLICATION FORM

                                       Personal Information

Name                                             University ID Number

                                                 810
Preferred Phone (with area code)                 Preferred E-mail



                                      Academic Background

Include any additional coursework in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Statistics, or
Education and courses you are currently taking. For grade of current coursework use N/A. You
may add spaces as needed.

   Course                          Title                 Semester    Year    Grade
MATH 2250       Calculus I

MATH 2260       Calculus II

MATH 2500       Multivariable Calculus

MATH 3000       Introduction to Linear Algebra

MATH 3200       Introduction to Higher Mathematics




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                                                               Name_____________________
                                                              ID Number_________________
               TUTORING EXPERIENCE REFLECTION DOCUMENTATION

                               Acceptable Tutoring Experiences

To help teacher candidates focus on students’ ways of doing and thinking about mathematics,
admission into our program requires 30 hours of one-on-one tutoring. The experience is not
arranged by the university or the Mathematics and Science Education Department; each teacher
candidate is responsible for arranging his or her own tutoring experience. The tutoring must
involve the mathematics that is taught in grades 6-12 and students of ages 11-17 who are not yet
enrolled in post-secondary studies. Therefore, tutoring fellow college students even in
mathematics from grades 6-12 is not acceptable. Likewise, tutoring at the university Athletic
Association is not an option. This tutoring experience can come from a paid position or volunteer
work. Tutoring in a structured setting is preferred (e.g., through CLASE, EDUC 2460,
Communiversity, Athens Boys and Girls Clubs, etc.), but private tutoring is acceptable. Gaining
experience working with students in a setting/situation that is different from your own
background is encouraged though not required.

                                           Restrictions

While we prefer that all 30 hours are earned at the same site, we understand the difficulties this
can pose. Thus, the 30 hours may be accrued through tutoring at no more than two sites with no
fewer than 10 hours in each site. Therefore 10 hours at site A and 20 hours at site B is
acceptable; 2 hours at site A and 28 hours at site B is not.

                                     Tutoring Opportunities

Many Athens area middle and high schools are looking for mathematics tutors, both as
volunteers and as paid positions. The Mathematics Education Student Association (MESA)
maintains a list of mathematics tutoring opportunities throughout the Clarke and surrounding
counties. This information is posted on the MESA bulletin board outside of the Mathematics
Education Office in Aderhold 105. For additional information on mathematics tutoring
opportunities see the MESA webpage (http://math.coe.uga.edu/Mesa/MESA.html) for contact
information for current MESA officers. If you are unsure if a tutoring situation you have
arranged meets the mathematics education program requirements, contact Doug Griffin at
doug1115@uga.edu.




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                                                         Name_____________________
                                                        ID Number_________________
                            Documentation of Hours

Site 1:                                   Supervisor:

Address:                                  Preferred Contact Information:


Phone:


                     Brief Description of Activity
Date       Time   (e.g., factored quadratics, graphed      Hours   Signature of Supervisor
                        lines, reviewed for test)




                                          Total Hours




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                                                                 Name_____________________
                                                                ID Number_________________
For second tutoring site if needed.
Site 2:                                           Supervisor:

Address:                                          Preferred Contact Information:


Phone:


                             Brief Description of Activity
Date       Time           (e.g., factored quadratics, graphed      Hours   Signature of Supervisor
                                lines, reviewed for test)




                                                  Total Hours




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                                            Reflection

During your first week, take a tour of the entire facility (preferably guided by a student) to get a
sense of the atmosphere. Try to talk with several people in the setting, other tutors, program
directors, volunteers, etc. Ask them about their responsibilities and perspectives on the students
they serve. You may find it helpful to compose brief notes after each tutoring session to help you
remember any significant moments for your written reflection. The written reflection itself
should answer the following questions. Please list each question and your response rather than
compose one narrative that attempts to answer all the questions. If you use two settings, you will
need to complete a reflection for each. Each reflection should be typed, double-spaced, and 3-5
pages in length.

Please review and analyze your tutoring experience in relation to what you learned about the
students and their understanding of mathematics.

1. Describe your tutoring experience, your role and responsibilities in the experience, whether
you worked with the same student the entire time or with different students, and whether it was a
paid or volunteer position.

2. Describe the community the program serves including type of community (rural, urban, etc.),
demographics of the community population and the students served, number of students served,
description of the staff, resources available to students, and organization of the program.

3. In what ways was the student(s) you worked with or the settings you were in different or
similar from your own background?

4. What special opportunities for your learning and growth as a professional educator did this site
provide? If none, explain.

5. What surprised you about this experience and why?

6. What surprised you about the student's mathematical thinking and why?

7. Describe some successes and struggles you experienced with your student.

8. How has your understanding of how adolescents learn and do mathematics changed as a result
of this experience?

9. What did you find most rewarding about your tutoring experience and why?

10. What aspects of your experience did you find difficult and why?

11. What have you learned about your own interests, needs, and concerns about teaching
mathematics as a result of this experience?

12. What other insights or thoughts about this experience would you like to share? (optional)



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Dear Education Professional/ Tutoring Supervisor:

Thank you for making your student(s) and program available to a candidate for admission to the
undergraduate mathematics education program at the University of Georgia.

The purpose of this tutoring experience is to have prospective teachers become familiar with the
ways students do and think about mathematics. We expect the tutor to work one-on-one with
students of ages 11-17 on mathematics content of grades 6-12 in activities that you consider to be
appropriate. This can include remediation in areas students are struggling, enrichment activities,
test review and preparation, or homework assistance. The experience and knowledge gained by
the tutor will provide a foundation for mathematics education coursework and field experiences
in the program.

The tutor must spend a minimum of 30 hours tutoring students in a structured setting. This time
can de divided among two different sites provided that at least 10 hours are completed at each.
The tutor must complete a written reflection of his or her experiences. We are asking you to sign
the tutor's log to verify his or her hours; it is the tutor's responsibility to maintain accurate
records. In addition, we are asking you to complete an evaluation of the intern’s experience and
send it to

Mr. Doug Griffin
Department of Mathematics and Science Education
Aderhold Hall 105
Athens, GA 30602-7124

or email it to doug1115@uga.edu.

The tutor should provide you with a stamped, addressed envelope to submit the
evaluation. We appreciate your interest in the future of our profession and support of our
undergraduate students. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,
Doug Griffin
Mathematics and Science Education Undergraduate Coordinator
706.542.4194
doug1115@uga.edu




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                                         Evaluation of Tutor

To be completed by tutoring coordinator or supervising education professional. The evaluator is requested
to return this evaluation form to Mr. Doug Griffin, Department of Mathematics and Science Education,
105 Aderhold Hall, Athens, GA 30602-7124 or by email to doug1115@uga.edu.
Name of Teacher Candidate                                   Name of Evaluator

Site                                                        Preferred Contact Information

City/State


Please rate the tutor on each item according to the following scale:
5 = Outstanding 4 = Very Good 3 = Acceptable 2 = Poor 1 = Unacceptable               NA = Not applicable

_______1. Demonstrates promptness and punctuality in agreed upon responsibilities.

_______2. Follows program policies in an acceptable manner.

_______3. Maintains positive attitude and professional demeanor.

_______4. Communicates effectively.

_______5. Demonstrates an interest and enthusiasm in helping students learn mathematics.

_______6. Demonstrates a good understanding of mathematics.

_______7. Acts as an appropriate role model for students.

_______8. Works well with students of ages 11-17.

_______9. Accepts constructive criticism and uses feedback effectively.

Use this space to make any additional comments about the tutor's experience in your program.




How do you feel about this tutor's potential as a secondary mathematics teacher?
Good ______ Neutral ______ Doubtful ______

__________________________________________________                   ___________
Evaluator Signature                                                  Date


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