Teacher Quality Program

What is the Teacher Quality Program?

The Teacher Quality grant is a long-standing program offered by math education faculty at the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at TAMUCC. Funded through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the TQ program supports cohorts of middle and high school math teachers to extend their understanding of mathematics and participate in a teacher-focused mathematics education master's program. The TAMUCC Teacher Quality program been is funded for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 academic years.

The 2013-2014 TQ cohort includes middle school and Algebra I mathematics teachers within driving distance of TAMUCC, including CCISD, West Oso ISD, Calallen ISD, and surrounding ISDs. Participants have the opportunity to complete 3 graduate mathematics courses per year, and the grant provides financial support to cover teacher participants' costs.

2013-2014 Program Details

The 2013-2014 content themes are Middle School Mathematics and Algebra I. Courses focus on learning, extending, and connecting algebra and related concepts. Priority goes to applicants who are willing and able to complete the 3-course program.

The Summer 2013 classes meet: June 10-13, 17-20, 24  at 8:30-11:30am and Fri. June 14 8:30-4pm. Academic semester classes meet one evening per week from 7:00-9:30 PM on campus. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL COHORT COURSES:

Summer 2013             MATH 5326    Structure of Patterns & Algebra

Fall 2013                     MATH 5390    Algebra across the Curriculum (connections between Algebra, Geometry, & Number)

Spring 2014                 MATH 5332    Integrating Technology in Mathematics Education 

HIGH SCHOOL COHORT COURSES:

Summer 2013             MATH 5325    Bridging Number & Operations to Algebraic Concepts

Fall 2013                     MATH 5390    Algebra across the Curriculum (connections between Algebra, Geometry, & Number)

Spring 2014                 MATH 5332    Integrating Technology in Mathematics Education 

Teachers wanting graduate credit toward a master’s degree program should immediately apply for admission to graduate school (go to http://gradschool.tamucc.edu/application.html or call 361-825-2177). Teachers preferring continuing professional units (CPUs) rather than college credit can be accommodated with 4.5 SBEC-approved units (45 hours) for each course completed.

Financial Support

The grant offers generous financial support to help busy teachers make time for the courses:

  • all tuition and fees for 3 graduate mathematics courses
  • upon successful completion of each course, a $375 stipend (for a possible total of $1125)
  • child care reimbursement (you arrange)
  • mileage reimbursements for driving
  • books and parking fees
  • 32 GB iPad and accessories
  • support to attend teaching conference(s)

How do I join TQ?

The grant is focused on serving middle school teachers and Algebra I teachers who are currently teaching at least one mathematics class. Eligibility in the grant program will be prioritized based on the following criteria:

Eligibility Requirements - AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING

  • Currently teaching at least one mathematics class uncertified, on emergency or probationary certification
  • Currently teaching at least one mathematics class out-of-field (without a major/minor in mathematics; have not passed a TExES 4-8 or 8-12 mathematics exam for your teaching level)
  • Alternatively certified (or certified before 1999) and in the first 3-5 years of teaching
  • Teaching with less than 24 college math credits for middle school or less than 30 credits for high school