DECISION POINTS - MATHEMATICS TEACHER EDUCATION

There are four decision points that all Ball State University teaching majors must pass through in order to graduate with a teaching major and be licensed to teach in the state of Indiana.

The following outline describes the requirements that must be satisfied by teaching majors in mathematics in order to pass through each of the four decision points.  Additional information about these requirements is available from the department, in particular the dates and times for which presentations can be scheduled and the dates when portfolios are due.

Decision Point #1:  Normally, students pass through Decision Point #1 during their first year as a teaching major in mathematics.  All requirements for Decision Point #1 should be completed during MATH 150.

Decision Point 1 Professional Education Requirements

1.  Complete and earn grade of C or better in MATH 150.

Decision Point 1 Portfolio Requirements

1.  Dated written reflections on all ten INTASC principles.

2.  Reflective Artifact from MATH 150 Presentation.  Includes the following: (1) an outline of your mathematical presentation and (2) an accompanying paper.  The paper (approximately 300 words) should include a discussion of what you learned about mathematics and teaching mathematics from the experience of preparing and delivering the presentation.  The reflective artifact (the outline and the paper) should be attached to INTASC Principle #1 with an accompanying Rationale (one to two paragraphs) that describes what the artifact demonstrates about your knowledge and abilities in relation to INTASC Principle #1.  The Rationale should be clearly labeled "DP1."

Portfolio Assessment at Decision Point 1:  The initial assessment of a student's digital portfolio is conducted by the MATH 150 instructor.

Decision Point #2:  Normally, students pass through Decision Point #2 during the second year as a teaching major in mathematics.  After students have passed through Decision Point #2 they are admitted to the Professional Education Curriculum and may register for 300-400 level professional education courses.

Decision Point 2 Professional Education Requirements

1.  Earn grades of C or better in 100 and 200-level professional education courses.

2.  Complete 45 credit hours with a GPA > 2.5.

3.  Grade of C or better in COMM 210.

4.  Achieve state acceptable scores on the Praxis 1:  PPST or approved alternative.  Registration information for this examination is available at the Office of Teacher Education Services, TC 915, or at www.ets.org/praxis.

5.  Complete application for professional education and receive approval of application.  Obtain application in EDMU 205 or the Office of Educational Studies (TC 829).

Decision Point 2 Mathematics Content Requirements

1.  Complete and achieve grades of C- or better in at least three of the following MATH 165, 166, 215, and 217.

2.  Earn a GPA > 2.5 in mathematics courses applied to the teaching major.

3.  Prepare and successfully deliver a Calculus Presentation - a 10-15 minute presentation on a calculus topic selected from an approved list - to two faculty members in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Decision Point 2 Portfolio Requirements

1.  A revised set of dated written reflections on all ten INTASC principles.  (Do NOT delete the original reflections.)

2.  Reflective Artifact:  A list of mathematics courses taken so far, including the core courses (MATH 165, 166, 215, and 217) with an accompanying paper.  The paper (approximately 300 words) should include a discussion of what the student has learned so far about mathematics, focusing on important themes across the courses.  The student should also describe the value of acquiring a depth and breadth of mathematical knowledge beyond the level at which he/she will teach in middle school or high school.  The paper should also discuss how the experience of being a learner in these classes has influenced the student's thoughts about becoming a teacher.  The reflective artifact (the list of courses and the written reflection) should be attached to INTASC Principle #1.  The artifact should have an accompanying Rationale (one or two paragraphs) that describes what the artifact demonstrates about the student's knowledge and abilities in relation to INTASC Principle #1 (see scoring rubric for digital portfolio at Decision Point 2).  The Rationale for this artifact should be clearly labeled "DP2."

3.  One artifact from EDPS 251 and an accompanying Rationale attached to INTASC Principle #2.  The Rationale for this artifact should be clearly labeled "DP2."

4.  One artifact from EDMU 205 and an accompanying Rationale attached to INTASC Principle #3.  The Rationale for this artifact should be clearly labeled "DP2."

Portfolio Assessment at Decision Point #2:  A student's mathematics department advisor is responsible for conducting the Decision Point #2 portfolio review for evidence of successful progress.

Decision Point #3:  Students must pass through Decision Point 3 prior to student teaching.  After passing this decision point, students are admitted to student teaching.

Decision Point 3 Professional Education Requirements

1.  Earn grades of C or better in 300- and 400-level professional education courses.

2.  Complete 93 credit hours with a GPA > 2.5.

3.  Earn GPA > 2.5 in professional education courses.

4.  Maintain clearance from the Office of Student Affairs.

5.  Complete application for student teaching and receive approval of application.  Students should apply for student teaching in October of the year prior to that in which they expect to student teach.  Instructions for application to student teaching are in the Office of Educational Field Experience, TC 915.

6.  Pass the Ball State University writing competency test.  Register for this test at the start of your junior year in the BSU Assessment Office, WQ 200.

Decision Point 3 Mathematics Content Requirements

1.  Be within 9 hours of completing all required mathematics content courses with a grade of C- or better in each course.

2.  Earn a GPA > 2.5 in mathematics courses applied to the teaching major.

Decision Point 3 Portfolio Requirements

1.  A revised set of dated written reflections on all ten INTASC principles.  (Do NOT delete the first two sets of reflections.)

2.  One artifact for each of seven of the ten INTASC principles, each with an accompanying Rationale clearly labeled "DP3."

Portfolio Assessment at Decision Point 3

Portfolio review at Decision Point 3 is conducted by the student's MATH 395 instructor and by the student's EDJH 385/EDSE 380 instructor.

Decision Point #4:  Passing through Decision Point #4 results in graduation and recommendation for licensure in the state of Indiana to teach middle and high school mathematics.

Decision Point 4 Professional Education Requirements

1.  Complete all requirements for graduation with an overall GPA > 2.5.

2.  Earn a GPA > 2.5 in professional education courses.

3.  Complete Phase 3 of Professional Growth Plan.

4.  Maintain clearance from the Office of Student Affairs.

5.  Achieve state acceptable scores on the Praxis II test.  Registration information for this examination is available at the Office of Teacher Education Services, TC 915, or at www.ets.org/praxis.

Decision Point 4 Mathematics Content Requirements

1.  Earn a GPA > 2.5 in all mathematics courses applied to the major.

Decision Point 4 Portfolio Requirements

1.  Written reflections on all ten INTASC Principles along with artifacts addressing all ten principles. 

2.  Successful completion of the student teaching portfolio.

Portfolio Assessment at Decision Point 4

The Decision Point 4 portfolio review will be conducted at a meeting near the completion of student teaching.  The student teacher's cooperating teacher, university supervisor, and a faculty member from the mathematics department (when possible) will be responsible for the portfolio review.

(Mathematics Teacher Education Committee:  Fall, 2012)