[Curriculum Directors] Enhanced Level 2 Mathematics Endorsement

Cook, Tricia M. Tricia.Cook at schools.utah.gov
Thu Feb 3 16:15:25 MST 2011


[cid:image002.png at 01CBC3BD.908B88D0]Memorandum
To:       Education Community
From:  Sydnee Dickson, Director, Teaching and Learning
                          Travis Rawlings, Coordinator, Licensing
Diana Suddreth, Specialist, Secondary Mathematics
Date:   February 3, 2011
Re:       Enhanced Level 2 Mathematics Endorsement
The Utah State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics in August, 2010.  These standards have increased rigor and require greater knowledge of mathematics than the previous standards.  For this reason, we have reviewed the existing endorsements and have adopted the following endorsement requirements specific to the Common Core (all other endorsement requirements remain unchanged).

Level 2
7th Grade Mathematics
8th Grade Mathematics

Level 3
Secondary Mathematics I, II, III
Secondary Mathematics I Honors, II Honors

Level 4
Secondary Mathematics III Honors

In addition, USOE will offer an enhanced Level 2 endorsement for teachers who already hold a level 2 mathematics endorsement which will allow teachers to teach Secondary I.  The enhanced endorsement will require three additional college courses (Calculus, Foundations of Algebra, and Linear Algebra) and three professional development courses (Focus on Functions, Making Sense of Sense Making, and Essential Understandings of the Common Core) which will be offered by USOE over the next few years.  This enhanced endorsement will be available for a limited time and will endorse teachers ONLY for the addition of Secondary I.

This sequence of coursework has been carefully designed to equip teachers to handle the specific content of Secondary I.  Teachers may wish to also consider upgrading their endorsements to a Level 3.  Which course of study is best will depend on teacher preparation and coursework they may have already taken.

Regards,


Sydnee Dickson, Ed.D.
Director, Teaching and Learning
250 E. 500 S.
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200
801-538-7788
sydnee.dickson at schools.utah.gov<mailto:sydnee.dickson at schools.utah.gov>



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