Teaching Middle School Math

EDUC 659 Focus on Problem Solving In The Mathematics Classroom (Grades 5-8)
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Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Alan Campbell

Summer: June 10 - August 2, 2019
Tuition: $441 per semester hour graduate credit ($1,323 per course)
Summer Tuition Due - July 17, 2019

Fall: October 14 - December 13, 2019
Tuition: $452 per semester hour graduate credit ($1,356 per course)
Fall Tuition Due October 2019

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development or call 715-642-0209.

What You Will Learn

  1. Research-based practices to help students improve math achievement scores
  2. Practical ideas for motivating students to appreciate mathematics
  3. Strategies to show students how math applies to real-life situations
  4. Instructional technology and apps that will have a positive impact on learning

Course Description

Research, issues, and problems related to current reform in teaching middle school mathematics. Planning the curriculum, assessing student learning, managing instruction, and providing for individual needs.

This course includes investigation of ratio, proportion, percent, number theory, data analysis, patterns; and connections to algebra and geometry topics in the context of the middle school mathematics curriculum including a survey of technologies and educational software to develop mathematical thinking.

You will learn advanced teaching strategies and math interventions to help students meet math standards, improve test scores, and provide for individual needs.

How do I register?

Complete the Online Registration Form.

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development or call 715-642-0209.

When is the registration deadline?

Reserve your spot now. This course is very popular, and courses fill well before the start date. This course is offered three times each year (spring, summer, and fall).


An e-textbook will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet-capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.

Van de Walle, J., Karp, K., and Bay-Williams, J. (2018). Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally 10th Edition. Allyn and Bacon. ISBN-13: 978-0134802084

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 amazon.com or the publisher. Note the ISBN number and 10th edition.

Our Students Say...

"I have been a high school math teacher for my entire career and as a Math Intervention Specialist, I am now responsible for Tier 3 RTI for grades 7-12. While I know the mathematics, I have never taught grades 7-8. I needed to learn more about teaching middle school mathematics. The benefit to taking any of these courses is that it forces me to re-examine ideas and new teaching methods."
~ Dorothy Ball, New Hampshire

"I learned practical things I was able to put to immediate use in my classroom."

"The relevant readings, the websites and software I was introduced to will be so useful in enhancing my math class. Many times I found myself thinking of the topic in a way I hadn't before."

"I'm a new teacher, and I learned many useful ideas from teachers who have been in the profession for years. It was a nice mix of educators from elementary to high school. The overall online class environment was supportive and nurturing. 

"It was so rewarding to work with teachers from all over the world."

"It was helpful to share our projects with class members - we can adapt them for use in our classes (with permission, of course)."

"This class forced me to look at math in a better way than simply the drill and quiz method. I find it very enlightening and helpful!"

No travel to campus - 100% Online
  • 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.