HOW DOES IT WORK?
The program consists of three
parts: the pre-test, skills development, and the post-test.
Teachers enrolled in the program will sign up to take either the Praxis II
Secondary Mathematics Content Knowledge Exam (0061) or the Middle School
Mathematics Exam (0069). This exam will serve as the program’s pre-test.
The results of the pre-test will be used to determine a recommended course
of action designed to improve a teacher’s mathematical knowledge in various
After the results of the pre-test are analyzed by program administrators,
teachers will be given options for improving their mathematics content
knowledge. The options may include on-campus courses taught in the evenings
or during the summer by IUP faculty, on-line tutoring modules that teachers
can access from the Internet, and/or a combination of each.
This option has several benefits. First, many of the courses will count
towards Act 48 renewal. Second, several of the courses can count towards a
Master’s degree in Elementary and Middle School Mathematics. Third, many of
the courses include the study of pedagogical techniques along with
mathematics content thereby enabling teachers to improve their teaching
On-Line Tutorials: This
option is for teachers who need more flexibility in their schedules and do
not need college credit. The on-line tutorials are offered through
Coursecompass.com. Teachers using this option will watch streaming video
lectures and complete assignments via the Internet. The benefits of this
option are that modules can be designed to target specific needs. However,
this option is not eligible for college credit and may not be eligible Act 48 credit.
After teachers completed their skills development program, they will be
eligible to take the respective Praxis II Exam again. Teachers, who
received a passing score, as defined by the Pennsylvania Department of
Education, will be deemed “highly qualified.”