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Graduate Certificate in Mathematical Thinking for Instruction

The Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies (CIFS) at Boise State University offers the Graduate Certificate in Mathematical Thinking for Instruction (GC-MTI) with two options: the Mathematics Specialist (MS) and the Mathematics Consulting Teacher Endorsement (MCTE). The program is focused on preparing and building the skills of individuals who are interested in improving their skills and understanding related to classroom instruction, coaching other teachers or becoming mathematics teacher leaders.

Program Objectives
The program aims to develop participants’ expertise in the following areas:

  • Knowledge and use of current and seminal research literature related to learning theories and progressions to improve instructional practice and student achievement for under-researched populations
  • Facilitate continuous improvements in student learning through examination of classroom instructional practices with a focus on meaningfully building all students’ learning and application of the content and mathematical practice standards
  • Facilitate evaluation of student work, discourse, and assessment data and determine appropriate instructional response(s) utilizing that information
  • Demonstrate ability to facilitate mathematics professional development and collaboration among teachers, including support through professional learning communities

Course Options
The GC-MTI program includes a variety of course options along with required courses. The courses in the GC-MTI program are all taken for graduate credit and feed into some of the Masters and EdD programs in the College of Education at Boise State University.

GC-MTI Program Tuition
The GC-MTI is a self-support program. The benefit to students is that the tuition expenses for the GC-MTI courses are significantly lower than typical graduate credits at $225 per credit or $675 per course. However, the classes cannot be applied toward full-time status, regardless of how many classes or credits you take. In addition, fee waivers do not apply to self-support programs.

GC-MTI Program Course Requirements
The following chart details the course requirements for the GC-MTI program.

Course Requirements - GC-MTI Program

Course Number and TitleCredits
Select a minimum of one of the following:
ED-CIFS 540 MTI: Number and Operations K-3 (3 cr)
ED-CIFS 542 MTI: Number and Operations 4-8 (3 cr)
ED-CIFS 544 MTI: Number and Operations 6-12 (3 cr)
Select a minimum of two of the following:
ED-CIFS 541 MTI: Early Numeracy and Operations K-3 (3 cr)
ED-CIFS 543 MTI: Applications of Rational Numbers, and Proportional Reasoning 4-8 (3 cr)
ED-CIFS 545 MTI: Applications of Algebra Topics 6-12 (3 cr)
Required Courses
ED-CIFS 547 MTI: Measurement and Geometry3
ED CIFS 548 MTI: Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability3
ED-CIFS 549 MTI: Action Research in the Mathematics Classroom3
Select one option
Required Course for the Mathematics Specialist Option
ED-CIFS 552 MTI: Study of Practice in Mathematics
Required Course for the Mathematics Consulting Teacher Option
ED-CIFS 546 MTI: Building Teacher Leaders of Mathematics

Hybrid Format
Several of the GC-MTI courses are offered in a hybrid format. The hybrid courses replace 20-40% of classroom instruction with online activities. Students can expect to spend as much time participating online as they would in a traditional course. Students must be able to access the Internet frequently and conveniently and must be competent at using e-mail, managing files, navigating Web sites, and willing to learn online programs such as BlackBoard and Voice Thread. We strive to maintain the social-cognitive approach to instruction through the online portions of the course that many people are familiar with from our face-to-face courses, such as the Mathematical Thinking for Instruction or MTI course that is mandated for certification in the State of Idaho. In addition, we make an effort to schedule the face-to-face portion of the GC-MTI courses in a manner that is convenient and accessible to practicing in-service teachers.

Tentative GC-MTI Course Schedule 2017 and Beyond
Due to the self-support nature of the GC-MTI program we have minimum course enrollments that must be met in order to run a course.  Please click on the link below for a list of classes.
2017 and beyond GC-MTI Schedule 09.28.17

*All course schedules, dates, and locations subject to change. Courses that do not meet for a full 45 hours will have online work and a final project and/or assessment for the remaining portion of the course

Getting Started

Admissions Requirements:

  1. Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  2. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions Office. Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.00 on a 4-point system.
  3. A letter of interest.
  4. Current teaching credentials.
  5. Contact information for two individuals who can supply academic or professional recommendations.

Program Director: Jonathan Brendefur, PhD
Program Coordinators: Jackie Ismail, PhD & Keith Krone

Process for Revising your Idaho Teaching Certificate to include your Mathematics Consulting Teacher Endorsement:

Please download the following 4 documents, complete, follow directions, and send ALL documents at once:
1- MCTE Checklist
2-B1 Revision Form
3-B15 Institutional Recommendation Form
4-Program Requirements Spreadsheet