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MAED 450 Teaching Mathematics to Urban Learners in Grades 5-12

This course provides students with the knowledge and experience of high school mathematics to be an effective teacher in urban, multicultural classrooms. The content of this math methods course emphasizes the interconnectedness of curriculum, instruction and assessment. The overarching philosophical framework for this course is the social justice perspective of mathematics education particularly for urban students. Field experience in a high school mathematics classroom is required.



Special information

Note: Admission to the Urban Teacher Program and field experience in a high school mathematics classroom, or approval of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is required for registration. Ideally, this course should be taken within one year of student teaching. Co-requisite: EDU 450 Advanced Urban Teaching Practicum and Seminar. Prerequisites: At least 20 credits of MATH courses required for the Mathematics for Teaching major. Students whose prerequisites are not identified by the system should contact the Math and Statistics Department for an override at
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 19, 2019 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Analyze and describe reform efforts and issues that impact 9th to 12th grade mathematics in urban schools, including the various NSF (National Science Foundation) curricula in addition to state and national standards.
  • Compare and contrast the various math programs, curriculum tracks and pathways, and assessments used in grades 9-12 as part of the district, local and state accountability.
  • Examine the achievement gap in high school mathematics, and be able to advocate for equity in the learning opportunities and achievement of urban high school students related to curricular "tracks", graduation requirements and post secondary options.
  • Plan, develop and implement a lesson and a unit that is inquiry-based and promotes higher order thinking for high school students grades 9-12.
  • Review and discuss graduation requirements for math at the district and state levels.
  • Review, analyze, and discuss professional resources (e.g., websites, journals and organizations) available to teachers of mathematics
  • Review, contrast, and apply various instructional models for teaching and learning math in grades 9-12, including differentiating instruction, integrating technology into instruction, and creating the necessary conditions for a classroom environment conducive to mathematics learning of diverse urban learners.
  • Review, describe, and apply substantive ways to connect the content of 9th to 12th mathematics with diverse urban students (e.g. community connections, culture, art, history, science, music, sports, careers, real-life applications, etc.)

Fall 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
01 Teaching Mathematics to Urban Learners in Grades 5-12 George, Jennifer Jane Books for MAED-450-01 Fall 2024 Course details for MAED-450-01 Fall 2024