Standards for Preparing Teachers of Mathematics

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Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE)

Published 2020

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AMTE, in the Standards for Preparing Teachers of Mathematics (SPTM), puts forward a national vision of initial preparation for all Pre-K–12 teachers who teach mathematics. SPTM contains critical messages for all who teach mathematics, including elementary school teachers teaching all disciplines, middle and high school mathematics teachers who may teach mathematics exclusively, special education teachers, teachers of emergent multilingual students, and other teaching professionals and administrators who have responsibility for students’ mathematical learning. SPTM has broad implications for teacher preparation programs, in which stakeholders include faculty and administrators in both education and mathematics at the university level; teachers, principals, and district leaders in the schools with which preparation programs partner; and the communities in which preparation programs and their school partners are situated.

SPTM is intended as a national guide that articulates a vision for mathematics teacher preparation and supports the continuous improvement of teacher preparation programs. Such continuous improvement includes changes to preparation program courses and structures, partnerships involving schools and universities and their leaders, the ongoing accreditation of such programs regionally and nationally, and the shaping of state and national mathematics teacher preparation policy. SPTM is also designed to inform assessment practices for mathematics teacher preparation programs, to influence policies related to preparation of teachers of mathematics, and to promote national dialogue around preparing teachers of mathematics. The vision articulated in SPTM is aspirational in that it describes a set of high expectations for developing a well-prepared beginning teacher of mathematics who can support meaningful student learning. The vision is research-based and establishes a set of goals for the continued development and refinement of a mathematics teacher preparation program and a research agenda for the study of the effects of such a program. SPTM contains detailed depictions of what a well-prepared beginning teacher knows and is able to do related to content, pedagogy, and disposition, and what a strong preparation program entails with respect to learning experiences, assessments, and partnerships. Stakeholders in mathematics teacher preparation will find messages related to their roles.

Standards for Preparing Teachers of Mathematics includes standards and indicators for teacher candidates and for the design of teacher preparation programs. SPTM outlines assessment practices related to overall quality, program effectiveness, and candidate performance. SPTM describes specific focal practices by grade band and provides guidance to stakeholders regarding processes for productive change.

Tables. Figures. Vignettes. Foreword. Preface. CHAPTER 1: Introduction. CHAPTER 2: Candidate Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions. CHAPTER 3: Program Characteristics to Develop Candidate Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions. CHAPTER 4: Elaborations of the Standards for the Preparation of Early Childhood Teachers of Mathematics. CHAPTER 5: Elaborations of the Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions Needed by Well-Prepared Beginning Teachers of Mathematics in the Upper Elementary Grades. CHAPTER 6: Elaborations of the Standards for the Preparation of Middle Level Teachers of Mathematics. CHAPTER 7: Elaborations of the Standards for the Preparation of High School Teachers of Mathematics. CHAPTER 8: Assessing Mathematics Teacher Preparation. References.