MATM consists of 18 credits in mathematics content and 14 credits of educational leadership courses. The core curriculum of the math courses is based on the Developing Mathematical Ideas (DMI) and Connecting Arithmetic to Algebra (CAA) professional development materials.
Developing Mathematical Ideas (DMI) is a professional development curriculum designed to help teachers think through the major ideas of K-8 mathematics and examine how children develop those ideas. At the heart of the materials are sets of classroom episodes (cases) illustrating student thinking as described by their teachers. In addition to case discussions, the curriculum offers teachers opportunities to explore mathematics in lessons led by facilitators, to share and discuss the work of their own students, to view and discuss video clips of mathematics classrooms, to examine the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice, to analyze lessons taken from innovative elementary mathematics curricula, and to read overviews of related research.
Courses are designed to bring together teachers from kindergarten through middle grades to:
- Learn mathematics content.
- Learn to recognize key mathematical ideas with which their students are grappling.
- Learn to support the power and complexity of student thinking.
- Learn how core mathematical ideas develop across the grades.
- Learn how to continue learning about children and mathematics.