Date Approved

11-14-2002

Embargo Period

5-19-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Mathematics Education

Department

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Milou, Eric

Subject(s)

Mathematics--Study and teaching (Secondary); Teachers--Certification

Disciplines

Science and Mathematics Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine differences and similarities among elementary and secondary certified teachers' beliefs about state certification for the middle grades mathematics teacher.

A mail-in survey was conducted among teachers at forty-eight public schools serving middle grade students in Camden County. A fourteen-item questionnaire obtained opinions from teachers teaching in the middle grades. Teachers responded to items about state certification and individual requirements for obtaining certification.

The data was analyzed, and percents calculated. Teachers did not believe that elementary certification programs adequately prepared individuals to teach middle grades mathematics. The underlying perception is that neither of the current certification programs addresses the distinction of the middle grades students learning as separate from elementary or secondary learning.

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