Mathematics Coach Endorsement Program

The Mathematics Coach Endorsement Program is a Pennsylvania Department of Education approved program. The Program Endorsement documents knowledge in new and emerging areas where formal certification does not exist. The program is intended to improve a teacher’s mathematics content knowledge, instructional strategies, and leadership skills to support the professional growth of his or her colleagues and promote high-quality mathematics instruction leading to enhanced student learning.  An endorsement program is added to a teacher’s existing Level I or Level II Certification.

Degree Conferred: Endorsement only

Program Requirements for Admission

Admission is on a rolling basis. Candidates must meet the following admission requirements:

  • An overall GPA of at least 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale in previous college work 
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A valid Pennsylvania teaching certificate
  • Three (3) years of successful teaching experience before endorsement can be awarded
  • Official transcripts must be submitted with the online application

Retention

Candidates must maintain a minimum 3.00 grade point average, satisfactorily complete all required key assessments, attain a grade of "C" or better in all required core courses. Candidates who do not make satisfactory progress will be notified in writing noting the specific deficiencies and requesting that they meet with the program coordinator to develop a remediation plan. Failure to meet or to satisfactorily complete the remediation plan will result in termination from the program.

All persons enrolled in Teacher Education Programs at Penn State Harrisburg are expected to demonstrate the professional dispositions that are aligned with the unit’s vision statement. The faculty shall evaluate the approved dispositions demonstrated by the candidates in class and during field experiences. Candidates may be rated as exemplary, acceptable, or unacceptable. Candidates are expected to attain acceptable or exemplary ratings in order to graduate.

Endorsement Program Requirements

The professional core courses, competencies, and experiences for the Mathematics Coach Endorsement program are designed to address the specific set of issues, knowledge, and competencies that are relevant to coaching, teaching, and learning. The program prepares mathematics coaches who will be able to support teachers’ efforts to help students master academic standards and the content assessment anchors. The program consists of required competencies and includes field experiences.

The Mathematics Coach Endorsement Program consists of 12 credits with 48 hours of embedded field experiences throughout the program. Field experience activities include, but are not limited to: attending professional conferences, utilizing professional resources, conducting inservice or workshops, participation in professional learning communities, planning or implementation of a professional development program, leading discussions on mathematical understanding, etc.  The program may be taken alone or in conjunction with the Master’s of Education in Teaching and Curriculum or the Principal Certification Program.

Core Courses (can be taken in any order)

  • EDMTH 441 Geometry & Measurement Across the Curriculum (3)
  • EDMTH 442 Algebra & Functions Across the Curriculum (3)
  • EDMTH 443 Data Analysis & Probability Across the Curriculum (3)
  • EDMTH 444 Numbers & Operations Across the Curriculum (3)

Applying for Endorsement

Upon completion of all program requirements, the candidate is eligible to petition the PA Department of Education for an endorsement certificate. This would be classified as an add-on to an existing PA Level I or Level II certificate.

Currently, the Pennsylvania Department of Education is utilizing an online system to manage all certificates and endorsements: the Teacher Information Management System (TIMS). The candidate would need to log into the TIMS section of the PDE website to process an application for an add-on. The endorsement application must be approved by the Penn State Harrisburg Certification Officer, and may not be submitted until all courses and required field experiences have been completed.