EDUC 661 Advanced Trends and Issues in PK-5 Mathematics Teaching

Online Course
3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Sara Turansky

Fall: October 16 - December 8, 2017

Tuition, Due Dates, and Registration

If you’re feeling anxious about teaching math, this course will help you develop a math mindset as a teacher and share this enthusiasm and confidence with your students.

You Will Learn

  • Instructional strategies to implement the Common Core math standards
  • Math interventions to help students who struggle to learn mathematics
  • Instructional technology and apps that will have a positive impact on learning

Who Should Enroll

Our students include:

  • Elementary educators
  • Title I math teachers
  • Special education teachers
  • Math coaches
  • Mathematics resource teachers
  • Math interventionists

You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for

  • professional development
  • continuing education refresher course
  • license renewal
  • graduate credits
  • transfer to another university.

This is one of the required courses for individuals pursuing the Math Specialist Certificate.

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.

Course Description

Research, issues and problems related to teaching PK-5 mathematics, including problem-based learning, curricular decision-making, diagnosis and remediation, and building assessment into instruction.

e-Textbooks are included in the tuition fee.

You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop. 

  • Boaler, Jo. (2016). Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching 1st Edition. Jossey Bass Wiley. ISBN: 978-0-470-89452-1
  • Van de Walle, J., Lovin, L.A. (2014). Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics: Developmentally Appropriate Instruction for Grades Pre-K-2 (Volume I) 2nd Edition. Pearson.ISBN-13: 978-0132824828
  • Van de Walle, J., Karp, K., Lovin, L., and Bay-Williams, J. (2014). Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics: Developmentally Appropriate Instruction for Grades 3-5 (Volume II) 2nd Edition. Pearson. ISBN-13: 9780132824873

If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from or the publisher. Note the ISBN number and edition.

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your district to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development
Phone: 715-232-2693

No travel to campus required.

  • Participate 24/7 from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
  • The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
  • All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
  • Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week.
  • There are no required "live" chat sessions.
  • This is not a self-paced class.


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University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI 54751
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