Why did USU create the Elementary Mathematics Teachers Academy?
There is a need among elementary teachers and leaders for professional development on how to teach the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The
Elementary Mathematics Teachers Academy provides that professional development in an online format and allows educators to customize their learning experience.
How is the Elementary Mathematics Teachers Academy structured?
The Academy is comprised of over 100 modules focused on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. These are grade- and standard-specific modules that
were created by professional mathematics educators. Additional modules also focus on mathematics leadership, intervention, and assessment, which may be of particular interest to elementary
mathematics specialist and mathematics coaches.
What are my learning experience options?
The Academy offers professional educators the ultimate flexibility of choosing when to begin and how much to study. First, you decide
the day you would like to begin your studies. Second, you customize your learning experience by choosing 3 modules for a 1-credit master's course, 6 modules for
a 2-credit master's course, or 9 modules for a 3-credit master's course. Each module is equal to a little more than one week worth of coursework at the
master's degree level. You can work through the online modules at your own pace, but all work must be completed within 16 weeks after you begin.
Each completed set of modules is worth master's degree credit from Utah State University. These graduate credits can be used for recertification, continuing education, or as part
of a master's degree program with participating institutions and school districts throughout the United States.
- 3 modules = 1-credit master's course
- 6 modules = 2-credit master's course
- 9 modules = 3-credit master's course
How do I get started?
The first step to participating in the Elementary Mathematics Teachers Academy is registering. To register today, please contact Academy Director Jennifer
Boyer-Thurgood (Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org). 1-, 2-, and 3-credit Academy courses begin each semester.
How much does the Academy cost?
The cost of the Academy is the current rate for master's degree credit at Utah State University. Please see the USU Online tuition and financial aid page.
Several payment options and tuition installment plans are available through Utah State University.
How will the Academy help me be a better teacher?
Teachers are knowledgeable professionals. They know themselves and which areas of their mathematics teaching that they need to strengthen. By selecting the content
themselves, teachers are targeting and strengthening the areas of mathematics content and practices specific to their individual needs. Increasing mathematical knowledge for teaching makes
you a better teacher and impacts students' learning.
Can I use Finacial Aid to pay for my course?
Yes, however, anyone needing financial aid must currently be pursuing a degree from USU or must apply formally for admission and
obtain a degree-seeking status (which may take several weeks). These students must follow the normal semester start and end dates and will not have the
option of flexible start dates.
Most individuals participating in the Math Teachers Academy are doing so as non-degree seeking students. These students complete a cost-free, non-formal
application and enroll at USU only to complete this course. Unfortunately, non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid and can therefore not use
aid to cover the course cost.
Third party payments from a school or district, for example, can generally be accepted regardless of student admission status.