MAT 545 History of Mathematics Education

This is a sample syllabus only. Ask your instructor for the official syllabus for your course.

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Revised Course Description

This course traces the development of the mathematics curriculum K-12 in the United States and internationally, concentrating both on content taught at different stages and the teaching methods employed. Reviews the various mathematics reform efforts over the past 170 years. The overall goal of this course is to enhance teacher knowledge of the History of Mathematics Education. This knowledge will lead to greater insight to current reform efforts.

MAT 545 meets for three hours of lecture per week.


Graduate standing and one year of full time secondary teaching.


After completing MAT 545, students will

Expected outcomes

Students should be able to demonstrate through written assignments, tests, and/or oral presentations, that they have achieved the objectives of MAT 545.

Method of Evaluating Outcomes

Evaluations are based on homework, projects, papers, class presentations, short tests, portfolio of total work for the semester, and/or scheduled examinations covering students' understanding of topics covered in MAT 545.


A history of mathematics education in the United States and Canada National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Thirty-second yearbook. (1970). Washington D.C.: NCTM.

Course Outline

Grading Policy

Students' grades may be based on homework, projects, papers, class presentations, short tests, and/or scheduled examinations that test students' understanding of the topics covered in the course (see "Method of evaluating outcomes"). The instructor determines the weight of each of these factors in the final grade.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance policy is set by the instructor.

Policy on Due Dates and Make-Up Work

Due dates and policy regarding make-up work are set by the instructor.

Schedule of Examinations

The instructor sets all test dates except the date of the final exam. The final exam is given at the date and time announced in the Schedule of Classes.

Academic Integrity

The mathematics department does not tolerate cheating. Students who have questions or concerns about academic integrity should ask their professors or the counselors in the Student Development Office, or refer to the University Catalog for more information. (Look in the index under "academic integrity".)

Accomodations for Students with Disabilities

Cal State Dominguez Hills adheres to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations for students with temporary and permanent disabilities. If you have a disability that may adversely affect your work in this class, I encourage you to register with Disabled Student Services (DSS) and to talk with me about how I can best help you. All disclosures of disabilities will be kept strictly confidential. Please note: no accommodation may be made until you register with the DSS in WH B250. For information call (310) 243-3660 or to use telecommunications Device for the Deaf, call (310) 243-2028.

Revision history:

Prepared by J. Wilkins 2/17/00. Revised 7/7/01, 7/25/06 (G. Jennings).