Literacy and Math Program

Alternate route teachers enrolled in the program at Rutgers complete a course of study focused on teaching literacy across the curriculum  and integrating mathematical skills into discipline-specific classes.  Candidates work asynchronously as they engage with readings, slide presentations and videos; then demonstrate learning through written reflections and performance assignments. Candidates complete independent assignments using a Rutgers course management system to which all participants are subscribed prior to the start of class.

45-Hour Online Literacy Course (ALT02), $350
 
The purpose of this course is to introduce practices for teaching both basic literacy skills as well as distinct approaches to literacy that are used in academic disciplines such as science, mathematics, and history. While lower elementary teachers will learn strategies to ensure the mastery of basic literacy skills, middle and high school teachers in discipline-specific courses will advance their knowledge and expertise to help students interpret the complex texts associated with each distinct discipline. Further, elementary, middle and high school teachers will focus on discrete ways that writing is used in the specific discipline so that students learn writing practices that are specific to the various subjects and purposes. Of additional importance is the inclusion of English Language Learners and research to support their development of basic and academic literacy skills DO NOT need a Certificate of Eligibility or a teaching position to enroll in this course.
 

The class is completely online and asynchronous, which means there is never a set time when you are required to be online with the instructor. It is also possible to take this course simultaneously with Phases I, II, III.
 

Literacy Course Schedule

45-Hour Online Math Course (ALT10), $350

This course is designed to foster an awareness that Mathematical Literacy, or numeracy, is not the sole responsibility of the mathematics department. All content areas should, in fact, contribute to the development and enhancement of students’ numeracy skills including their ability to describe and explain their strategies and reasoning. This course will emphasize the rationale for teaching numeracy across the curriculum and distinguish for candidates the difference between the practice of teaching math content to students versus the practice of developing students' mathematical literacy. Candidates will explore content and methods for instructing all domains in mathematics at their grade level, including strategies to ensure equity for all learners, inter-curricular connections, assessment design and effective instructional planning.

The class is completely online and asynchronous, which means there is never a set time when you are required to be online with the instructor. It is also possible to take this course simultaneously with Phases I, II, III.
 

Math Course Schedule