Metro RESA

Endorsements

K-5 Mathematics Endorsement

    The Metro RESA K-5 Mathematics Endorsement is designed to strengthen and enhance teacher pedagogical and content knowledge in mathematics. The endorsement provides candidates the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of K – 5 mathematics content and beyond. Each of the content courses includes middle school content to provide teachers a deeper vertical content understanding. The endorsement consists of three courses (160 contact hours equivalent to graduate level work) and an authentic residency that is embedded throughout the endorsement. Each of the courses addresses the teaching aspects of the learner and learning, content, instructional practices, and professional responsibility. Candidates complete assignments to demonstrate competencies described in the InTASC Core Teaching Standards. 

    For more information, contact Denise Huddlestun (denise.huddlestun@mresa.org). 

    Admission Requirements

    Candidates for the Metro RESA K-5 Mathematics Endorsement must meet the following requirements to apply for the K-5 Mathematics Endorsement:

    -A minimum of an Induction Phase 3 Georgia teaching certificate in one of the following fields (copy of certificate must be provided):

    —Early Childhood Education (P-5)
    —Middle Grades Education (4 – 8)
    —Special Education General Curriculum/Early Childhood Education (P-5)
    —Any of the following certificates combined with a core academic content concentration in mathematics

        Special Education General Curriculum (P-12)
        Special Education Adapted Curriculum (P-12)
        Special Education Behavior Disorders (P-12)
        Special Education Learning Disabilities (P-12)
        Special Education Deaf Education (P-12)
        Special Education Physical and Health Disabilities (P-12)
        Special Education Visual Impairment (P-12)
        Gifted Certificate (P-12)

    -Minimum of two years of teaching experience

    Courses:

    Course 1 – Pedagogy in Mathematics/Number, Operations, Data and Probability   
    80 contact hours (8 PLUs)

    This course focuses on content-specific pedagogy and instructional strategies in mathematics while addressing the major concepts of number and operations, data analysis, and probability. This course focuses on preparing K-5 Mathematics Endorsement candidates to:

    • Extend and refine knowledge and skills in using exemplary pedagogical practices, including unit and lesson planning.
    • Incorporate collaboration, critical thinking, hands-on exploration, manipulative use, problem-based inquiry, technology utilization, and activity implementation addressing various learning styles and multiple intelligences into mathematics instruction.
    • Select and use a variety of formative and summative assessment techniques to monitor student progress, gauge students’ mathematical understanding, and interpret school-based progress.
    • Solve problems using multiple strategies, manipulatives, and technological tools; interpret solutions; and determine reasonableness of answers and efficiency of methods.
    • Understand and use the major concepts of number and operations in mathematics.
    • Understand and use the major concepts of data analysis and probability in mathematics.

    Culminating Assessments: Unit, Post-Test

    Course 2 – Understanding Algebra                                                                          
    40 contact hours (4 PLUs)

    This course focuses on preparing K-5 Mathematics Endorsement candidates to understand and use the major concepts and techniques of algebra for grades K-5 by expressing, transforming, and generalizing patterns and quantitative relationships through a variety of representations, including tables, graphs, algebraic symbols, verbal descriptions, and manipulatives.

    Culminating Assessments: Instructional Plan, Post-Test

    Course 3 – Understanding Geometry and Measurement                                          
    40 hours (4 PLUs)

    This course focuses on preparing K-5 Mathematics Endorsement candidates to broaden understanding of fundamental concepts of geometry with particular attention given to specific methods and materials of instruction. Multiple strategies, manipulatives, and technological tools to solve measurement and geometry problems will be explored. The principal geometry topics to be taught in this course include introductory geometry, constructions, congruence, similarity, concepts of measurement, motion geometry, and tessellations. 

    Culminating Assessments: Unit, Post-Test

    Authentic Residency  

    25 hours embedded throughout the three courses and completed in the candidate’s teaching assignment or outside of school hours

    The Authentic Residency requires the K – 5 Mathematics Endorsement candidates to participate in a supervised and coordinated series of real applications of knowledge and skills occurring in actual classroom settings that allow candidates to further develop and demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired in coursework. Candidates will demonstrate their ability to: 

    • apply content knowledge and pedagogical skills delineated in program content standards,
    • work with diverse students and with students in the grade levels of the candidate’s base certificate, and 
    • work with students at grade levels of base certificate.

    Culminating Assessments: Portfolio, Authentic Residency Requirement Documentation

    More Endorsements:

    STEM

    STEM Endorsement classes will consist of K-12 teachers who teach a variety of STEM fields. There will be opportunities to differentiate the tasks across K-12 grade levels and STEM disciplines. Attention will be paid to the vertical alignment of the standards presented.

    Student Support Team (SST) Endorsement

    The Metro RESA SST Endorsement is an endorsement for Georgia teachers. Candidates explore the history and foundations of the RTI/MTSS, the problem-solving model, and develop plans for a successful implementation. 

    Online Teaching

    Each course is designed to strengthen participant knowledge, skill set, and disposition toward online teaching. As participants transition through the courses, they will experience a gradual release toward proficiency for online teaching and learning.

    Dyslexia

    The Dyslexia Endorsement at Metro RESA is a GaPSC approved preparation program that provides approved candidates with the coursework and related field experience required to add the Dyslexia Endorsement to a current standard Georgia Professional Certificate. 

    English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

    The Metro RESA ESOL Endorsement prepares educators to demonstrate competency in addressing the instructional, language, and cultural needs of students whose first language is not English in the Georgia Public Schools.

    Gifted

    Metro RESA offers a PSC approved Gifted In-Field Endorsement designed to train Candidates to identify and teach gifted students from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and economic backgrounds. This program ensures that its graduates have in-depth knowledge of teaching the gifted and talented students.

    K-5 Mathematics

    The Metro RESA K-5 Mathematics Endorsement is designed to strengthen and enhance teacher pedagogical and content knowledge in mathematics. The endorsement provides candidates the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of K – 5 mathematics content and beyond. 

    Reading

    Metro RESA offers a PSC approved add-on Reading Endorsement.  The Metro RESA Reading Endorsement prepares educators to demonstrate competency at assessing students literacy needs and planning appropriate for the needs of students in Georgia Public School classrooms.

    Teacher Leader

    Metro RESA offers a PSC approved Teacher Leader Endorsement. The Teacher Leader Endorsement requires candidates to acquire the knowledge and demonstrate the ability to promote the success of all students.

    K-5 Science

    The K-5 Science Endorsement consists of the equivalent of three courses and an authentic residency/field experience when combined totals 200 contact hours. Up to fifty percent of the class can be face to face and up to 50% online.